Android Pay, Google’s NFC–backed mobile payment tool, will launch as part of the just-unveiled Android M software update later this year.
Google’s Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai, who heads up the Android team at Mountain View, made the announcement at the company’s I/O event.
Users will be able to link their Mastercard, American Express and Visa card to the Android Pay app, which will boast an additional layer of security from a fingerprint scanner if the device being used has one.
Google says it will have 700,000 retailers in the United States on board at launch, with the likes of Macy’s and Walgreens signed up. Furthermore, Android Pay will also work with in–app purchases, much like Apple Pay.
There’s no word on a global rollout, but with banks and credit companies needing to strike deals in separate territories, don’t be surprised if this doesn’t form part of Android M here in the UK.
Android M is set for release at the end of 2015, with details of the new OS emerging at Google I/O.