Android Pay has finally touched down in Australia. Its launch comes almost exactly a month after arch rival Samsung Pay arrived there and three months after Apple Pay, and it has support from more than 25 banks and financial institutions.
Those include American Express, ANZ, Macquarie, MyState Bank, and Teachers Mutual Bank. Google says that Westpac will also be supported by the end of the year, while Bendigo Bank, ING Direct, RAMS, St George Bank and more are coming soon.
Google is also working with other financial institutions to get them on board with Android Pay, too. You can view its Android Pay list for Australia to see which ones are available now, which ones are on the way, and for updates on new additions.
To get started with Android Pay down under, the first thing you’ll need to do is download the official app from Google Play. You can then create an account and start adding cards from Visa and American Express, with MasterCard and Eftpos support coming soon.
Once set up, you can use your smartphone (assuming it has NFC) to pay for goods from thousands of retailers across Australia — including 7-Eleven, Bing Lee, Brumby’s, Coles, Domino’s, Pizza Capers, Vodafone, and many more.