Google to Debut Android Pay Mobile Payment Service

Google’s second attempt at a mobile-payment system, Android Pay, will be available for Android phone users

San FranciscoSept. 15, 2015Google’s answer to the Apple Pay mobile payment service is debuting in the U.S., marking a do-over for the company behind the world’s most-used operating system for smartphones.

Android Pay will be similar to Apple Pay, except it works on Android phones rather than Apple’s iPhones. On some Samsung Android phones, it will join Samsung Pay. All three services let people buy goods at retail stores by tapping their phones against the store’s payment terminal. The user’s debit or credit card on file then gets charged.

Google Wallet, the company’s first attempt in mobile payments, flopped because it didn’t have a big enough network of compatible devices and wireless carriers willing to work with it. Softcard, a rival effort by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, also got little traction. Google Inc. bought much of Softcard’s technology and is combining the two to form Android Pay.

The timing is also better for Android Pay. Apple Pay raised awareness about mobile payments and more merchants now have equipment capable of accepting the payments.

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