Android Pay Reportedly Ready To Launch this Week

Images posted online of internal documents for employees of McDonald's indicate the fast-food company is getting ready for a Wednesday launch of Android Pay. Google announced the coming release of its mobile payment system in May, noting that it will allow Android device-based purchasing at more than 700,000 store locations across the U.S.

In addition to McDonald's, other stores expected to accept Android Pay will include Best Buy, Panera Bread, Subway, Toys 'R Us and Walgreens. Online businesses such as Etsy, Groupon, Lyft and Uber are also set to enable in-app payments using Android Pay.

Recent posts on both Android Police and Reddit show photos of notices apparently intended for employees of McDonald's with the news that customers will be able to begin using Android Pay for purchases on August 26. The notices also erroneously mention that purchases via Samsung Pay will begin on August 21. Originally set to launch in the U.S. this summer, Samsung's mobile payments system is now expected to roll out on September 28. Samsung Pay went live in South Korea on August 20.

We reached out to Google for confirmation, but a spokeperson told us, "We don't have a launch date to announce yet."

Apple Pay Big with Watch Owners

Android Pay and Samsung Pay will likely drive even faster growth in mobile payments, which began taking off last fall with the launch of Apple Pay. Apple gained even more momentum for its system with the April debut of the Apple Watch, which also enables mobile payments.

Some 80 percent of Apple Watch owners in the U.S. have so far used Apple Pay, according to a report last week from the wearables-focused research firm Wristly. By comparison, various reports show that usage of the payments system on the iPhone 6 stands at between 15 percent and 20 percent....

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