Google Begins Rolling Out Android Pay

In a move to compete against Apple Pay, Google is revamping its mobile payment system. The search engine giant is starting to roll out Android Pay, a EUsimple and secureEU way to pay for goods with your Android mobile operating system-powered phone.

In fact, consumers with Android Pay installed on their smartphones can pay for goods at over 1 million locations in the United States. Beyond making digital payments, Android Pay even stores gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers on your mobile device. In the days ahead, Google vowed to add more features, as well as banks and store locations, to make Android Pay even more useful.

EUWe know how important it is to keep your personal and financial information secure, so Android Pay is supported by industry standard tokenization,EU Pali Bhat, director of product management at Android Pay, said in a blog post. EUThis means your real credit or debit card number isn't sent with your payment.EU

Security in Mind

How, then, will Google handle payments? Bhat explained that Android Pay will use a virtual account number, adding another security layer to the mix. Essentially, the minute you make a purchase youEUll get a payment confirmation that shows exactly where the transaction happened. That makes it easy to catch suspicious activity, Bhat said.

EUAnd if your phone is ever lost or stolen, simply use Android Device Manager to instantly lock your device from anywhere, secure it with a new password, or even wipe it clean of your personal information,EU Bhat added. There's a long list of stores accepting Android Pay at launch, including GameStop, American Eagle Outfitters, MacyEUs, Panera, Staples, Sports Authority, Rite-Aid, Subway, Whole Foods, BJEUs and Office Max.

Android Pay works with all near field communication (NFC)-enabled Android devices that run KitKat 4.4 or later versions regardless of the wireless carrier you...

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