Barely two weeks into its launch, Android Pay is still proving to be a tough nut to crack as far as getting into the mobile payment system is concerned.
Google unveiled this application to the public a few weeks ago and while at the beginning it featured as a simple upgrade to the Google Wallet app, the real Android Pay app has now been made available for free download from the official Google Play Store.
Getting into the new Google-based payment system hasn’t been a walk in the park for many who have been trying to migrate or rather join the service. Practically, the new service required the users to download the older Google Wallet app before they could update to the new Android Pay via the Play Store. However, this is no more as the company has finally rolled out a standalone app meant for this mobile payment system.
Android Pay Google Play Store app only available to U.S. dwellers
As of now, the Google Play Store U.S. version is the only option where you can find the latest version of the Android Pay standalone app. However, there are still some limitations as to who will be able to use this application. According to Google, your device must be running on at least the Android 4.4 KitKat and above and it also needs to support NFC technology.
Android Pay has a larger reach potential than Samsung Pay and Apple Pay
Android Pay has just joined a world that is already being ruled by Apple’s Apple Pay. Just recently, Samsung jumped onto the bandwagon with one of their in-house services known as Samsung Pay. The same is also happening with Facebook’s Messenger, which leaves the mobile payment niche highly competitive.
However, unlike its counterparts, Android Pay is basically a conventional NFC-based mobile payment system that offers more than just mobile payment. It can be used to purchase both physical and virtual goods as well as make in-app purchases. Android Pay also has a huge potential as far as reaching more users is concerned, thanks to the huge number of supported devices already in the market as opposed to Apple’s iPhone 6 models and Samsung’s Galaxy S6 models.
At the moment, Android Pay is already compatible with major U.S. banks as well as credit card companies. Though the service is currently restricted to physical store payments alone, it will take a more versatile shape as more updates and features are added aboard.
It is not yet clear whether Android Pay will fully take the place of Google Wallet. However, we can at least say that the latter service has for now been relegated to P2P transfer of cash rather than pay for both online and physical store purchases.
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