Android Pay is launching soon. Exactly when Google hasn’t announced, but as we approach the close of H1 2016, the launch of Android Pay in Australia is imminent. When it launches you’ll be able to tap & pay at a variety of places, using an array of banks and it appears get a heap of discounts and take part in promotions. Google has listed all their current Android Pay promotions on one page for easy access so we can see what might be when it does launch down under.
The page which hangs of the Android.com site, shows promotions from the US largely and also lists US partners for Android Pay. Android Pay recently launched in the UK but so far the Android Pay promo site hasn’t really switched over to acknowledge that, so whether we’ll see a promo page for each country remains to be seen.
Google currently has regionalised support pages with lists of promotions for Chromecast, so that may well be what ends up happening with Android Pay promotions as it heads to other markets.
Samsung Pay launched in Australia earlier this week, partnered with AMEX and Citibank, though Android Pay in the Google announcement post appears to have many more banking and retail partners on board for their eventual launch. The retail partners will be the ones who can offer the promotions, and Samsung at launch had no partners of this nature to introduce their rewards program, perhaps this is one place Google can beat Samsung to market.
We’re very interested to hear from employees of any of Google’s announced retail partners as to whether any Android Pay signage or staff briefings have arrived in store, so let us know (we can keep a secret) if you see something.