Android Pay Now Available for In-App Payments
Android announced on its blog yesterday that consumers can now use Android Pay to purchase items within many apps.
“Since our launch this Fall, we’ve seen millions of people set up Android Pay, and the vast majority of them are using tap and pay with their Android devices for the first time,” Pali Bhat, Director of Product Management for Android Pay, wrote. “There are now over 1 million locations across the United States that already accept tap and pay, with more being added every day. In short, the response from customers and merchants has been tremendous. Now we’re ready for the next step: We’re working to bring Android Pay’s simplicity and security to purchases within apps, and to people in more countries around the world.”
To use Android Pay during the mobile checkout process, users need only tap the Android Pay button in the app. It works with the same tokenization process that it uses in stores, so credit card details will not be shared with merchants.
Currently, there are some special offers for consumers who use Android Pay in select apps, including:
- $20 off on OpenTable dining
- $10 off a Lyft ride
- $10 off DoorDash
- 30% off Vinted
A full collection of apps that support Android Pay can be viewed here.
Android is also expanding Android Pay worldwide. In the first half of 2016, Android users will have access to the system in Australia.
“We’re working closely with many of Australia’s major financial institutions—including ANZ, Westpac and many other banks—with the aim of bringing Android Pay to their MasterCard and Visa card holders,” said Bhat. “You will be able to use Android Pay wherever NFC payments are accepted in the country, including merchants such as 7-Eleven, McDonald’s and Telstra.”
The company has said it plans to expand to even more countries in 2016.