Android Pay Increases Global Footprint
Android Pay has increased its global footprint, with Google announcing a roll out to Canada for the service.
The move was announced directly by Google (via their Canadian blog) who said that “as Canadians exchange parkas and scarves for t-shirts and flip flops this spring, we have some news that may lighten their pockets, too. Whether you’re heading out to buy groceries or grabbing a cup of coffee with friends, now your Android phone is all you need to walk out the door.”
“Today, we’re beginning to roll out Android Pay across Canada to help you pay simply and securely in stores and in apps. We’ll be rolling out support for top banks over the next several days, and this is just the beginning. We will continue to add even more features, banks and store locations in the coming months, making it even easier to pay with your Android phone.”
While Apple and Samsung have been rolling out fresh expansions for their respective mobile wallets in recent months, Android Pay has seemingly fallen further and further behind.
Both of Google’s biggest rivals in the digital wallet space (Apple Pay and Samsung) have been available in the Canadian market for some time now.
This brings the service’s total footprint to 12 different countries, including the US, Australia, Singapore, the UK, Hong Kong, Poland, New Zealand, Ireland, Japan, Belgium and Russia.
In comparison, Apple Pay has launched in 15 regions while Samsung Pay leads with 17 regions.
In Australia, Android Pay has been available since July 2016.