On the back of rumours of an update coming to Google Wallet, it seems that another payments system could be on the way from Google, this time centred around Android.

According to an article from Ars Technica, the new system, called Android Pay, will be built from the ground up for Android Developers. Android Pay will allow developers to more easily access and integrate on Near Field Communication (NFC) payments made using Host Card Emulation (HCE), which Google first introduced in Android 4.4.

Android Pay will operate with Google Wallet, extending APIs to developers to build in payments systems for companies using in-store payments in bricks and mortar stores à la Google Wallet and Apple Pay in the US, as well as easily incorporating NFC payments in the form of in-app payments in third-party apps.

The new system will apparently be announced and demonstrated at Google I/O in May, but rollout and implementation details aren’t yet known. Whether this system would rollout in a US-only capacity as we’ve seen with Google Wallet, is something we’ll have to wait to find out.

Source: Ars Technica.
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    Dennis Bareis

    Is this any more likely to come to Australia?


    Even if it does, Australia’s major Banks will not use it.

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    Were always last for some reason.

    Daniel Tyson

    Depending on how simple the API is to add it could come here. But like all things, once banks get their hands on it, it could be held back quite quickly.


    Considering that the Major Banks here already have their own systems and deals stitched up with the Android hardware manufacturers as to who can make tap and pay and how it can be used, Google wanting a system the Major Banks dislike, won’t be allowed to have a chance to see the light of day for the majority of AU connedsumers.

    vijay alapati

    Shame that google is only pushing this only after apple successfully launched it’s pay system. Else this would have never happened


    they had years of headstart too.