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May 28, 2015

Android Pay Made Official at Google IO 2015

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During Google IO 2015, the search giant’s annual developer conference, Android Pay was officially unveiled. Android Pay replaces Google Wallet, and works a whole lot like Apple Pay on Apple devices.

Google stated that Android Pay will work at more than 700,000 retailers when it launches, and will rely on being directly embedded into applications, just like Apple Pay. Android Pay uses NFC, or near field communication technology, and users will simply just scan their device, whether it be a Android smartphone or an Android Wear watch, to make a purchase.

Credit card companies that will join the party from the start are American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. The big carriers will also join the fun, as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint will offer support immediately. A handful of retailers will also offer support, including Best Buy, Whole Foods, and McDonald’s.

Google announced native fingerprint scanning in Android M, and Android Pay will take advantage of all of those new APIs. In this way it is similar to Apple Pay, as Android Pay requires just a fingerprint verification and your payment is good to go.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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Zain Siddiqui

Zain lives in Southern California, right along the beach in sunny Orange County. He is currently in high school and tech is always on his mind. Whether it’s the latest superphones or the hottest new PC, Zain is interested. When not obsessing over tech gadgets, you can find him sprinting hard for the high school varsity track team and finding good music on Spotify.

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