Google has started rolling out Android pay in USA which essentially is a competitor to the Apple Pay which was launched by apple last year. Google has mentioned in one of its Android blog’s post that Android pay is most secure and simple way to pay with your Android phone and we used the Android pay on our Android device to see whether it’s really true or not.
Android pay will work with every Android device running Android 4.4 and above and at every tap and ready location available in USA. It supports all the major credit card like American express, Discover, Master card, VISA, etc. At the time of writing this article google temporarily allows unsupported wallet cards with Android Pay but we were not able to track proper spending using Android pay yet. Also if your card is happened to be expired or you need a new card just in case, you won’t be able to edit the existing card on Android pay yet.
Setting up Android pay is fairly easy. If you’ve used Google wallet before, your cards will be shown once you have added them manually using the plus sign. For adding a new card, tap the plus button, choose your card type and after entering all the necessary details you’re good to go. You can also add a card by scanning using inbuilt bar code reader though you can also enter the details manually.
The interface is pretty much simple like Apple pay where details of card are shown beneath the virtual version of your card. We tried the Android pay with tap and ready location and it works fairly quick. I also tried paying using Android pay in MC Donald’s and it works as advertised. If you have a nexus 6, you have to set a pattern or pin lock since it doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor. It’s time consuming but it will definitely get the job done. With upcoming Marshmallow, this won’t be any longer a problem since finger print security is now built natively in upcoming Marshmallow.
Google is also working with third party apps developers to speed up the mobile payment process. As far as now we haven’t faced any problem with Android pay and things are working perfectly as advertised and it will definitely get improved as time goes on.
Now you might be thinking what will happen to Google wallet now? Well, recently google launch an update to Google wallet in which main focus on the person to person payment. According to Google, Android pay will be available in few days for download on Play store and you can then use it on your mobile too.