Android Pay has finally launched in Australia, with ANZ being the only major bank to have the service from day one. Currently, customers with an ANZ Visa debit or credit card, or ANZ-issued AMEX card, will be able to make payments at contactless terminals and online with their Android phones.
It’s a massive coup for ANZ, which was also the first major bank to launch Apple Pay in Australia in April this year, after the iOS payments service first launched in October 2015, exclusively with American Express.
But ANZ is not alone. Android Pay will also be available on cards issued by American Express and Macquarie, as well as a number of other smaller financial institutions and credit unions.
Google is also working on providing in-app support for Android Pay so users can make quick payments on apps like Menulog, Dominos and Jetstar, without having to enter full credit card details.
Android Pay has been a long time coming for Australia. In December 2015, Google announced that it would be launching the service in the first half of 2016. Since then, Australia has seen the launch of Samsung Pay in July, as well as the continued growth of Apple Pay and major banks’ own proprietary mobile wallets.