Google has confirmed it’s working on a new mobile payments system called Android Pay. The service was first mooted last week, with suggestions it would not get an official airing until Google’s I/O event in May.
However, the Big G’s Sundar Pichai has revealed a few details at Mobile World Congress. Unlike Apple Pay, Android Pay is an app service aimed at making it easier for developers to sell goods within apps securely.
Android Pay will generate an individualised token every time you want to buy something, allowing you to stump up without having to give over your credit card details to every app developer out there.
The tokens will then charge your credit card, with the details held centrally by Google.
It’s a system that has the backing of Mastercard, Visa and American Express, and one that's already used by Apple for making online purchases via its rival Apple Pay service.
Google says that Android Pay won’t replace Google Wallet and that the latter will support the new platform.
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