Just last week, Android Pay made its way to New Zealand, following its rollout to Poland earlier in November. And now we already have another country in which Google's mobile payments service has become available - Ireland.
The service is live starting today, and you can use it if you have a MasterCard or Visa card from AIB or KBC as well as an Android phone with NFC and the Android Pay app installed. Support for more banks is coming in the future, Google promises.
Android Pay works at "thousands" of shops and restaurants which accept contactless payments, such as Boots, Eason, Tesco, Spar, KFC, Londis, Mace, McDonald's, and XL. You can also use it inside mobile apps such as Adverts.ie, Deliveroo, Uber, Dice, Fancy, Hotel Tonight, or Vueling. Going this route means you don't have to enter your payment and address details every time you make a purchase. Just tap the Android Pay button inside these apps and you're done.
To pay at a physical location, you just wake up your phone and hold it near the contactless payment terminal. That's it, you don't even have to go into the app to complete a transaction. Android Pay doesn't share your card's details with the seller, so from this point of view it's even more secure than a plastic card.
So now people in Ireland get find out, first-hand, how poorly this technology executes.
mmm, no mention of apple pay in this story at all, US boys must have got their heads together, every Samsung pay story has dripped with apple cluck bait bits to steal Samsung customers. Hope the Irish have any apple to pay, android pay, lol, aft...