Google and Pay­Pal of­fer new An­droid Pay op­tions

Firms join up to of­fer new fea­tures, writes MICHAEL SI­MON

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We’re used to hear­ing about new banks that have signed on to sup­port An­droid Pay as Google ever-ex­pands its mobile pur­chas­ing sys­tem. But an an­nounce­ment this morn­ing is look­ing to add even more value. Now you’ll be able to use An­droid Pay even if you don’t have a bank or credit card to add to your wal­let.

Google has an­nounced a part­ner­ship with Pay­Pal that al­lows you to use your ac­count to buy things any­where An­droid Pay is ac­cepted. While Pay­Pal users have long

been able to ac­cess their ac­counts in the real world via Pay­Pal Credit, the new An­droid Pay in­te­gra­tion will open up mobile con­tact­less pay­ments to a wide ar­ray of peo­ple, al­low­ing them to use the bal­ances to pay for things in stores.

The part­ner­ship is a boon for An­droid Pay, which is com­pet­ing against Ap­ple Pay, Sam­sung Pay, and other store-based ser­vices for dom­i­nance. As Google de­scribes, “Mil­lions of peo­ple al­ready use their Pay­Pal ac­count to make on­line pur­chases, re­ceive pay­ments and send money to friends and fam­ily. Soon they can start us­ing the same Pay­Pal ac­count to tap and pay with their phones in stores and speed through check­out in An­droid apps.”

Pay­Pal says that it pro­cessed over $100 bil­lion in mobile pay­ment vol­ume last year and hopes the An­droid Pay part­ner­ship will ex­pand its reach. The new ser­vice, which is com­ing soon, will be lim­ited to Pay­Pal bal­ances at launch, and will ex­pand to in­clude credit cards stored in your ac­count over the com­ing months.

Con­tact­less pay­ments are clearly the fu­ture of check­outs, and An­droid Pay is right at the fore­front of the move­ment. With the new Pay­Pal in­te­gra­tion, along with the new An­droid Wear 2.0 sup­port, An­droid Pay is poised to con­tinue lead­ing the charge.

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