Tech giant Google has launched its contactless payments system, Android Pay, in Ireland, that allows users to pay for anything using their Android-based smartphone.
Now, smartphone users with NFC-enabled Android devices can use mobile wallet Android Pay to pay for goods on their credit or debit cards in stores with contactless terminals.
At the outset, the service will be available to customers of MasterCard or Visa card credit or debit cardholders from AIB and KBC, with other banks also expected to collaborate in the future.
Currently, Android Pay is available at thousand of retailers such as Boots, Eason, Spar, Tesco, McDonalds and Londis, among others.
It also facilitates in-app purchases from sites including Adverts.ie, Deliveroo, Hotel Tonight and Uber, with more to come.
To start using Android Pay, the users will have to download the Android Pay app on Google Play and add their credit or debit card details.
When a consumer adds a card to Android Pay, the actual card numbers is not be stored or passed to merchants; instead the retailer receives a token to complete the transaction, thereby ensuring maximum security to card’s sensitive information.
Once users are ready to make a payment, they simply need to wake up their phone screen and holding it over the contactless terminal phones for purchases less than €30. For purchases greater than €30, customers need to unlock their phones and make payment.