Google Unveils Apple Pay Competitor and Google Wallet Replacement Called ‘Android Pay’


Just a few hours ago, several sources reported that Google had plans to introduce Android Pay at its Google I/O 2015 developers conference on Thursday.

The rumours quickly turned into reality when Google’s Sundar Pichai announced Android Pay at the opening keynote this morning.

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Android Pay will compete with Apple Pay in the mobile payments market. Much like Apple’s service, Android Pay will allow users to make in-app and in-store payments using their Android smartphone.

The service will work in over 7,000 stores across the United States and various app partners. Developers will have the option to include Android Pay as a payment option in their own applications. Merchants will be able to accept payments from customers using NFC.

Google is focusing on simplicity and security with Android Pay. Much like Apple Pay, your credit card number is not shared with the merchant. A virtual transaction number is created so that none of your personal information is shared.


With the new version of Android (called Android M), Android Pay will be able to use a fingerprint sensor to authenticate the payment. Google has announced a new fingerprint API that attempts to unify the software behind biometric sensors on Android devices.

Android Pay will work with any Android device running Android KitKat or later, however additional features will be present for those users running Android M. The payment service requires a smartphone with NFC and the merchant’s payment terminal must include the Android Pay icon or the NFC icon.


The mobile payments service from Google will launch alongside Android M later this year. We expect that the service will initially launch only in the United States and expand to other countries over time. Apple will reportedly update Apple Pay at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8. According to a new report, Apple will introduce a rewards program for their mobile payments service at WWDC.

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  • OpinionMTL

    Seems like Google can’t stop copying Apple…

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  • Test.

    u r an idiot.

  • OliChabot

    Thank God they have done a great job trying to find an exclusive name !

  • Sounds kind of familiar, eh!

  • OpinionMTL

    Thank you for your constructive comment

  • Andre

    Yeah, Google doesn’t have a shred of imagination or innovation in their body.

  • rizzior

    It proves once again, who the real Leader and Creative force in the Technology World is. Google is Again proving that they are Clueless and Classless just like Microsoft. “Steal, Bribe, Buy or Bully their way on other People’s Innovation” (Steve Jobs must be Rolling in his grave)

  • Smarty

    I can’t believe Google did this, shameless copying of technology and name… sigh!

  • good news 😀

  • einsteinbqat

    Bloody damn original, Google! I have no idea when you got that name! None at all!

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  • Kirk

    LMAO…not even trying to hide the blatant rip off…

  • Melad360

    funny people here thinking Google is copying apple with releasing Android pay, even though Google wallet has been out for years already