Google Launches Android Pay, To Be Available With Android M This Year

Google has re-entered the mobile wallet war with the unveiling of Android Pay, successor to - and a revamped version of - Google Wallet.

Google Launches Android Pay, To Be Available With Android M This Year

Android Pay includes the ability to pay for goods in retail stores using Android phones and NFC while users can also make payments within apps for buying digital goods.

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Users will be able to plug in existing debit and credit cards from supported banks, and Android Pay has carrier support to ensure Android Pay is setup on new devices sold through vendors.

Google Launches Android Pay, To Be Available With Android M This Year

Android Pay will be available through Google's own app, and banking apps will be able to integrate the service in their own apps. Google says over 700,000 stores across the United States will be Android Pay ready in addition to many Google Play apps as well.

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Google added that Android Pay will be available later this year with Android M, but the service will support phones running Android KitKat and up. The fingerprint API will require Android M.

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