Google Announced on its blog today, that Android Pay will now be rolling out. Android Pay was announced earlier this summer, and works in the same way as Apple Pay. When you have Android Pay installed, you hold your device near a payment terminal and you will be presented with an option to pay with one of your stored cards. Payments are transmitted using NFC, and your credit card number will not actually be stored on your device. Banks will have to partner with Android Pay in order for you to use your existing debit or credit card with the payment system.
Like Apple Pay, Android Pay will be accepted at any retailer that accepts NFC payments. Android Pay will come installed on new carrier sold phones, and will be available as a download for NFC-enabled Android devices running Android Version 4.4 or higher. In addition to storing payment cards, Android Pay will also allow you to store loyalty cards and gift cards on your device. Later this year, Google promises that Android Pay will also allow in-app purchases.
If you currently have an Android Device running Android 4.4 or newer with Google Wallet installed, Apple Pay will be released as an update to Google Wallet. For new users, Android Pay will be available for download in the Google Play store in the next few days. You will be able to use Android Pay at any existing retailer that accepts Apple Pay. Currently only cards issued by Bank of America, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, Region Bank, USAA, and US Bank can be added to Android Pay, but Citi, Wells Fargo, Capital One and others will be coming soon. Just like Apple it appears that each individual bank must sign an agreement with Google to allow use of your card with Android Pay.
I am glad to see that Google is expanding its ability to use Android phones to allow a user to make purchases, I am just disappointed that it appears to be such a direct copy of what Apple already introduced. It will be interesting to watch how each of these products develop over the next year.
Hot on the heals of Apple announcing their next iPhone Event, Google is planning to hold an event in San Francisco to introduce new Android-Based Nexus SmartPhones on September 29th. It is expected that for the first time Google will introduce two new Nexus phones. According to rumors, Google will introduce an LG-manufactured Nexus 5 with a 5.2″ screen and a Huawei-manufactured Nexus 6 with a 5.7″ screen. These will replace the current Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 sold by Google.
Notably these devices are expected to be the first to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Typically Google has sold Nexus devices directly through the Google Play store. These devices are usually shipped within a month after the announcement, but in the past have had extremely limited availability for several months. Nexus devices receive updates directly from Google and run stock Android without any manufacturer added software.
If you are considering switching to an Android device, or upgrading your current Android Device, it would probably be smart to wait for the Google September 29th event before purchasing a device. More to come after the event.
Google announced today on the Official Google Blog that Android Wear now works with iPhones. According to the announcement, only the LG Watch Urbane is currently supported, but all future models of Android Wear SmartWatches will also work on both Android and iPhone Smartphones. Android Wear will pair with an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus running at least iOS 8.2.
It will be interesting to see how the Android Wear Watches compete with the Apple Watch on Features. Use of previous Smartwatches that “supported” iOS also meant a limited feature set. The Official Google Blog indicates that you will be able to check information like phone calls, messages and notifications from your favorite apps with just a glance. Fitness goals will also be supported. However, no details were provided of whether responses will be possible using an Android Wear Watch.
More to come as details develop. For now download the Android Wear App if you have an LG Watch Urbane or visit the Google Blog for more information.
I recently published an article on Mobile4Law.com comparing the size of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to flagship devices produced by Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and OnePlus. The interesting thing that I discovered when comparing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the top-end Android phones that are either currently on the market, or will be in the next month, is that both models of the iPhones are big in comparison to similar screen size Android phones.
If you are interested in how the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus compare to other phones on the market, visit Mobile4Law.com and read “The New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are Big Phones”. It will be interesting to see how the consumer market reacts to these devices when they go on the market on September 19, 2014.