Android Pay May Finally Launch in Canada
Android Pay has not yet made its way to Canada, but that launch may happen very soon. The latest update of the mobile wallet, version 1.7, provides support for Interac, Canada’s largest debit card provider.
While Android Pay has not officially announced a partnership with any financial institutions in Canada, supporting Interac cards opens the door for some of country’s biggest banks and credit unions to make their cards compatible with the mobile wallet. RBC, Scotiabank, the National Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, and ATB all use Interac to issue their debit cards.
Not all banks in Canada use Interac, but this is the first time Android Pay has any potential ties with financial institutions in Canada. Users do not currently have the option to add Interac cards to their Android Pay accounts, but networking experts have seen signs of Interac support in the coding for version 1.7.
Apple Pay has been available in Canada since May, and now has the support of most major banks in the country. Samsung Pay is available for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones in Canada, but has not yet become compatible with older devices. However, Samsung Pay has the advantage of working with nearly every register, regardless of whether it has NFC technology incorporated in it, thus making it more versatile than other mobile wallets.