For years we’ve heard about how mobile payments are the future, though all early attempts to bring such tech mainstream have largely proven to be less than massively successful. Among the services that have struggled is Google’s original Wallet platform, though it seems that the company’s second attempt is gaining much more traction.
Just yesterday Google announced that Android Pay is officially making the jump across the pond to the UK, opening the door to more users. Hidden in the same blog post was a pretty interesting statistic: Android Pay is seeing a steady growth of around 1.5 million new registrations each month. Google hasn’t clarified exactly how many total users are on the platform just yet, but the momentum is pretty obvious.
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In addition to adding more subscribers, Android Pay continues to add more banks to its support list and has millions of businesses that support Pay. As Google put it in the blog:
You can now tap and pay in millions of physical locations, including Best Buy, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, and Rubio’s in addition to using Android Pay in more apps like Eat24, Eventbrite, and Ticketmaster. And, we’ve teamed up with Plenti to make it easier for you to earn loyalty points and redeem rewards through your Android phone at their participating retailers.
Typically Google has been less than great at bringing its services to markets outside of the United States, so it’s great to see that the Mountain View giant is taking a more global approach with its latest mobile payment service. What do you think of Android Pay, how does it compare to its predecessor? And to the current competition for that matter?