Google announced earlier today that the Android Pay roll-out is officially beginning. That is, if you have a NFC enabled device, running 4.4+, and the latest version of Google Play Services. Sadly it appears that most newer devices like the S6 Edge+, Note 5, and Moto X Pure do not have an up to date APK for Play Services available online. I tried searching for a compatible version for most of my new devices and had no luck. Android Pay supports credit and debit cards from American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Citi and Wells Fargo will be available “in the next few days,” while Capital One is “coming soon.”
Several major retailers will accept Android Pay at launch, namely anyone with an NFC terminal for the most part. The Google Wallet of old is being replaced by Android Pay as soon as you take the update on the latest Play Services, and there is a new Wallet app for loyalty cards and such. Pretty damn confusing if you ask me. I’m currently enjoying Samsung Pay quite a bit so I’m not in a huge hurry to get Android Pay, but it will be nice to compare them…and actually use NFC payment on my Verizon Note 5. If you want to grab the APK, I’m including a link below to Android Pay and also to the Play Services APK page. If you get lucky and are able to side-load both let me know how you like it in the comments!
Play Services APK List (Note -440 is missing…grrr.)
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