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Android Pay to launch this week according to McDonald’s leak

by Jacob Kleinman | August 24, 2015August 24, 2015 7:00 am PDT

Android Pay may be just a few days away from launch. A new report suggests the mobile payments app could go live later this week, with McDonald’s among the first national chains to support the service.

A pair of leaked images allegedly shared by McDonalds employees suggest Android Pay will arrive on Wednesday, August 26. Android Police points out that Google typically launches new apps and updates on Wednesday, so it’s certainly possible this is real. Then again, it’s possible the release could be pushed back or rescheduled at the last minute.

When Android Pay does launch it should work on most phones running Android 4.4 KitKat and up. That gives Google’s service an advantage over Apple Pay, which only works on newer NFC-equipped iPhones and the Apple Watch. Otherwise the two apps offer a very similar mobile payments experience.

If Android Pay rolls out this week, you can also assume McDonalds won’t be the only place it works. Google’s already announced a long list of partners, including Domino’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Chipotle. The service will also support online payments for everything from Uber and Lyft to Expedia and Etsy.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...