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Android Pay Launches in Canada to Take on Apple Pay

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Android Pay has officially launched in Canada, bringing yet another mobile wallet for consumers and also to challenge Apple Pay.

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The Wednesday launch will support Visa and Mastercard credit cards from BMO, CIBC, Banque Nationale, Scotiabank, Desjardins, PC Financial, ATB Financial and Canadian Tire Financial services, according to Google speaking with The Financial Post. Notably absent from the launch is RBC and TD.

Google says Interac debit will be rolling out Monday, while American Express and Tangerine will jump on board later this summer.

To use Android Pay in Canada, users will require a device that can run Android KitKat 4.4 or higher.

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  • Make me wait longer to use my debit why dont you lol

  • Michal

    yay, finally!

  • Lapsusone

    National Bank is the only bank supporting Android Pay but not Apple Pay. Sad.

  • bbousquet

    “(…) to take on ApplePay”

    More options for the customer – that’s always good. However, I don’t think anyone’s going to switch phones over this (and I don’t know a lot of people who carry both an Android phone and an iPhone).

  • sully54

    Would never trust google with my banking information or purchase history.

  • goosemcgoose

    When will we be able to quickly, easily and cheaply pay money not just to stores but anyone with another mobile device, similar to WeChat pay or Alipay? China is years ahead of us.

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