Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President at Google has announced in Mobile World Congress (MWC) that the company is working on its own mobile payments system named ‘Android Pay’. It will be very much like the Apple Pay and the recently announced Samsung Pay.
Android Pay mobile payment platform will enable developers to build payments into their apps. It will be an OS-level service. The platform will make it easy for retailers and app makers to allow consumers to purchase things using an Android device.
Android Pay will be NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled, thus users can make payments at stores using their mobile phones. NFC technology enables mobile devices to establish radio communication with each other by close proximity or touching them together.
Android Pay is said to be a programming interface (API) over Android, and it will enable other companies to develop apps or enable payments in their stores. It is reported that Android Pay could accommodate biometric sensors as well.
Currently payments possible on Android’s Google Play Store via Google Wallet service, and it is expected to continue even after the launch of Android Pay. Android Pay will not exist as a separate app like Wallet; Wallet will use the Android Pay platform.