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Android Pay arrives in New Zealand but with very limited support

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I bring good news and bad news for all the Kiwis out there. The good news is that you can now use Android Pay to make purchases at locations like BurgerFuel and McDonald’s. The bad news is that only one specific card is supported by it.

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April 27, 2016

Google just announced that Android Pay will be finally making its way to New Zealand. This means that as long as you have an unrooted, NFC-enabled Android device running Android 4.4 or higher, you will be able to create virtual cards just by downloading the Android Pay app. All you have to do is wake up and unlock your phone, hold the back of the device against the contactless payment terminal, and voila, your transaction is completed. No need to open up the actual app.

According to Google, its contactless payment system is already accepted in participating locations that are equipped with contactless terminals. These include BP, Domino’s, BurgerFuel, McDonald’s, Spark, Vodafone, The Warehouse, Torpedo 7, and more. Just like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, you can store your gift cards and loyalty cards on Android Pay as well. To see the full list of stores that support the app, visit Android Pay’s official website for New Zealand.

However, there is a catch. Unfortunately, for now, Google’s payment system in New Zealand supports only one type of card, and that is the BNZ Flexi Debit Visa card.

Unfortunately, for now, Google’s payment system in New Zealand supports only one type of card, and that is the BNZ Flexi Debit Visa card.

Although the company hasn’t specified whether or not it would be adding more support and when that would be, we will be sure you keep you updated. In the meantime, if you are a merchant looking to use Google’s contactless payment service, you can visit the Android Pay Merchant Help Centre. And for online merchants and developers, here is the Android Pay API website.

For those in New Zealand, are you disappointed about the limited support? How often do you use Android Pay or Samsung Pay? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!

Google preparing for tap-to-pay launch on Android Wear

Google could be on the verge of introducing tap-to-pay functionality to Android Wear, judging by references made in the latest version of the Google Play Services code. After tucking into the Google Play Services version 10.0 APK file, Android Police discovered a number of strings pertaining too both the Android Pay mobile payments system and Android Wear.

The code contains multiple simultaneous instances of the “wear” and “tp” prefixes, used for Android Wear and tap-to-pay, as well as explicit statements like: “Try holding your watch to the terminal again”, serving as a strong indication that the feature is approaching release.

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The news follows an October rumor that Google is preparing the launch of its own smartwatches in early 2017, which may coincide with Android Pay’s debut on Android Wear.

Meanwhile, the Google Play Services APK teardown also suggests that Google’s Instant Apps functionality, announced at Google I/O 2016, could arrive shortly.

Android Pay now available in Poland; can be used at 400,000 retail locations

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Android Pay launched a little over a year ago and is currently available in only a handful of countries including the US, Australia, Hong Kong, and the UK. As mobile payment services get more and more in demand, Google is trying to expand Android Pay to other countries as well, especially ones located on the old continent (Europe).

Today, Google has announced that its Android Pay service is now also available in Poland. It currently supports three banks — Alior Bank, Bank Zachodni WBK and T-Mobile Banking Services — and can be used in any store that has an NFC payment terminal. There should be around 400,000 of them across the country.

To use Android Pay, you need three things. You have to own an NFC-enabled device running Android 4.4 KitKat or above, download the official Android Pay app from the Google Play store (link below) and, of course, have a credit/debit card from one of the above-mentioned banks.

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April 27, 2016

In case you don’t know how to use Android Pay, let me walk you through it as the process is quite simple. All you have to do is wake up your device, place it near an NFC payment terminal, and wait for the payment to be made. That’s all there is to it.

Android Pay is available to Polish users as we speak. The service will support more banks in the future, with mBank being first on the list. We can also expect that Google will expand Android Pay to other European markets soon, although no specific dates have been mentioned.

So, if you live in Poland and are interested in trying out Android Pay, download the official app from the Google Play store by clicking the link below. And as always, feel free to share your first impressions with us in the comment section.