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Android Pay coming to Australia in 2016

Android Pay coming to Australia in 2016

(16 December 2015 – Australia) Google has announced that it will launch its mobile wallet, Android Pay to Australia in the first half of 2016.

In a company blog post, Google said that it will be partnering with some of Australia's largest financial institutions, including ANZ, Westpac, St George, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, Bendigo Bank, Cuscal, ING Direct, and Macquarie Bank.

Android Pay will allow customers of participating financial institutions to use their smartphone running to pay at checkouts by simply unlocking their phone and holding it to a terminal that accepts contactless payments. The transaction works using near-field communications technology.

Major retailers supporting the launch of the service include 7-Eleven, Coles Express, Coles Supermarkets, Domino's Pizza, Donut King, and McDonald's.

According to statement, Android Pay will also allow in-app payments and storing gift cards, loyalty cards, and special offers. At launch, Google said participating apps include Catch of the Day, EatNow, GoCatch,, Menulog, OzSale, and The Iconic.

The release of Android Pay in Australia will see it compete with rival Apple Pay, which was launched last month – without the backing of Australian banks or financial services providers, other than American Express.

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