Android smartphone users rejoice! We have been waiting for a way to pay for purchases using the popular Android OS that is so much simpler than flipping through screens and loading up apps. Well, Google has just announced the new Android Pay. This announcement rolled out on the official Android blog on Thursday, 28th, 2015 as Google expects this smartphone payment option to be available later this year.

The 411 About Google’s New Payment Portal For Smartphones

This announcement could officially change the way we open our purses and wallets in the checkout line. Google has gone out and partnered with a multitude of banks, retailers, payment networks and carriers into a happy mobile payment ecosystem that allows for one-touch payments. Product Manager Director Pali Bhat explained, “simply unlock your phone… place [the phone] near a merchant’s contactless terminal, and you’re good to go.”

There is no longer any reason to sit there tapping apps and hoping your wireless carrier picks up a signal fast enough to pay for your purchases before the people behind you in the checkout lane start to grumble. The smartphone pays at the tap of the screen. You’ll instantly get purchase confirmation and transaction information as you are heading out the door. It even works the same for online purchases. Just tap the “Buy with Android Pay” and you won’t have to enter any other credit/debit information or shipping addresses. The item is bought and winging its way to your location.

But wait! What about those reward programs, loyalty programs and special store offers? It’s not a problem. All offers and special programs will be applied at the same time you make a payment using your Android phone.

Where Can You Make Purchases?

Most major credit card companies and processors are jumping on this mobile payment option offered by Google; Visa, Mastercard, Discovery, American Express, Chase and Capital One are all participating. There are also several banks and financial institutions (there will be more) who are also involved: PNC, Regions, Navy Federal Credit Union, US Bank and USAA.

As for retailers, the list is long. Google expects for there to be over 700,000 store locations who will take their smartphone payment option. Best Buy, McDonalds, American Eagle Outfitters, Toys R Us, Subway, Macys, Wholefoods and JetBlue are just a few we are mentioning. There are also about 1,000 Android apps that will take this one-touch payment: Etsy, Chipolte, Domino’s, Uber, Priceline, Eventbrite, Opentable, Dunkin Donuts and many others.

Android Pay Availability

It’s going to be a slow roll out. This Android mobile payment option will only be available in the United States. We will have to wait for further updates from the Android team to learn about when other countries will have this feature on their smartphones. The download will be on Google Play, so get your smartphones charged and tuned up for the big day. The last thing you want is to have your screen go dark and not respond while paying for items.

If you find yourself in need of a screen repair or smartphone repair, contact us at LifeLine Repairs as we can fix your Android devices so they are working at their optimal level. We have locations in Georgia, Tennessee, New Jersey, Florida and Texas, so find your nearest store and get your smartphone ready for Android Pay today.

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