With 80 percent smartphone owners in Hong Kong, Google launched Android Pay which allows them to make contactless payments using their Android phone whether in-store or in-apps purchases as it rivals itself against Apple Pay and Tencent’s WeChat wallet.
Tencent’s WeChat wallet, WeChat’s built-in mobile wallet, arrives in January as well as Apple Pay for iPhone and Apple watch which was launched last July for iOS users allows them to make contactless payments by linking their credit cards through the wallet to pay in-store and in-apps purchases or even send money to your friends.
“Android Pay makes mobile payment as simple and secure as possible,” said Pali Bhat, global head of payments products at Google. “Just wake your phone, hold it to the contactless payment terminal, and your payment is done.”
Getting started with Android Pay
Anyone whose smartphone have NFC(Near Field Communication) enabled, supports Google Play services and runs on Android Kitkat 4.4 or higher can start using Android Pay and pay for purchases in over 5000 locations in Hong Kong. Just download it on the Play Store, link your credit card and your good to go.
You can use Android pay for purchases in store such as 7-Eleven, Circle K, Fortress, Mannings, Maxim’s Cakes, MX, McDonald’s, Pacific Coffee, PARKnSHOP, SmarTone, Watsons, Wellcome and more. It also help you in-app purchases namely Boutir Collect, Deliveroo, Kaligo, Klook, Snaptee and many more.
Android Pay supports MasterCard and Visa Cards from six banks in the city including BEA, DBS, Dah Sing Bank, Hang Seng Bank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered Bank. According to the company, you can add multiple credit cards and there is no limit on how many cards you want to add.
So what are you waiting for, if you live in Hong Kong, download Android Pay no and start shopping using your smartphone. Share your experience with Android Pay with us.
Source: Google Blog