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Android Pay could launch this Wednesday
One of the big announcements back at Google I/O a few months ago was the introduction of Android Pay, Google’s mobile payment solution which hopes to rival Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. According to an internal notice that’s being passed around McDonald’s in the US, the launch of Android Pay could be just days away.
The internal notice says that Android Pay will launch on August 26th, following the launch of Samsung Pay on August 21st. While the latter is indeed incorrect (as Samsung Pay won’t launch until next month), it was the launch date of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 in the US, which is likely where the date came from.
[related_videos align=”left” type=”custom” videos=”635443,634297,634296,634295,634226,634225″]McDonald’s is set to be a major partner for Android Pay, mainly thanks to over 14,000 restaurants in the US which will all accept Android Pay from launch. As a major partner, McDonald’s is likely to have been informed by Google in advance of Android Pay’s release and while the notice above looks questionable, an image posted on Reddit seemingly looks much more official and confirms the August 26th date.
It’s likely that August 26th was touted as a potential public release date for Android Pay but it’s unknown whether this date has slipped. Google has a certain penchant for launching new or updated apps on Wednesdays and given that August 26th is a Wednesday, it is possible we’ll see Android Pay launch in just two days’ time.
It’s difficult to know if we’ll actually see Android Pay hit the shops this week but we’ll have to wait until Wednesday to find out. What do you think? Would you use Android Pay and do you use any other mobile contactless payment solution? Let us know your views in the comments below!