Today Google officially began the roll out of Android Pay by releasing the Android Pay application on the Google Play Store. Android Pay was announced earlier this year at Google I/O and is Google's new NFC based payment service for Android smartphones. It's effectively a successor to Google Wallet, although Google Wallet still exists as a service for sending P2P payments. The rollout of the new application actually began last week as an update for Google Wallet users, but today the application should be available to all users for direct download.

Android Pay will work on any smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat or newer so long as the phone has NFC hardware. At launch the service will only be available in the United States, and will support a variety of credit and debit cards from various US banks and credit unions. There will also be support for gift cards and loyalty cards from retailers.

Google's Android Pay website details a number of stores that support Android Pay, but since the service uses NFC it will work at any store that has tap to pay support. It will also work in Android applications that have partnered with Google to support Android Pay payments, and you can view a list of those applications along with a list of supported banks and credit unions on the Android Pay site.

Source Google Play via Engadget

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  • jhoff80 - Friday, September 18, 2015 - link

    Not even chip and pin, but the less secure chip and signature. Reply
  • Morawka - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    rather be behind on credit card chip and pin than be behind in everything else. like apple pay, and android pay. how long are you guys waiting for that? Reply
  • av911 - Friday, September 18, 2015 - link

    Requires enabling lockscreen. I'm not updating the app until it stops working, then I'll completely stop paying with my phone. Reply
  • cragAT - Monday, September 21, 2015 - link

    Found this fact out after trying to setup the app up. Disabled it and removed it from my phone since it's useless if I can't use it because I don't have a lock screen. Reply
  • jhoff80 - Friday, September 18, 2015 - link

    "Android Pay will work on any smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat or newer so long as the phone has NFC hardware."

    No, it doesn't. There are a handful of devices that just don't support Host Card Emulation and have never worked with tap-to-pay in Google Wallet, and continue to not work with Android Pay. (Prime examples being the Note 3, S3, etc.)
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  • solipsism - Friday, September 18, 2015 - link

    I also read on Android Central that it requires a US SIM, which I don't understand. What does the SIM have to do with secure authentication of the virtual card from the bank?

    » http://www.androidcentral.com/google-wallet-tap-an...
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  • piiman - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    Security? Reply
  • Murloc - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    because they're rolling it out to the US only. And that's how they know if you're a US customer I guess. Reply
  • Schecter1989 - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    Hmm. My Note 3 on ATT has tap to pay working just fine. Not modded or custom ROM loaded either. Stock Lollipop and it works great. Reply
  • jhoff80 - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - link

    I'd be really curious how you're managing that. The old Google Wallet never worked with tap-to-pay on the Note 3 (being specifically listed as an exception), and the new Android Pay is listed as incompatible. Reply

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