Tech giant Google has rolled out its mobile payments system Android Pay in Poland that will allow users to pay for anything using their Android-based smartphone.
At the outset, the service will work with MasterCard cards issued by Alior Bank, T-Mobile Banking Services and Bank Zachodni WBK. Other banks will be consecutively deploying the Google service.
Poland became the first country in Central and Eastern Europe region and the second country in Europe after the UK to roll out the Google service.
Now, customers in Poland can use Android Pay for contactless payment at the point of sale at more than 400,000 retail outlets.
They can add multiple cards and choose which card they want to use before they pay. Android Pay will also store gift cards and loyalty cards on their Android-based phones.
Welcoming the Android Pay launch in Poland, MasterCard in a statement said: “It provides millions of MasterCard cardholders in the country with yet another innovative, fast and secure way to pay, wherever MasterCard contactless payments are accepted.”
MasterCard Europe country manager for Poland Bartosz Cio?kowski said: “Our MDES technology, enabling Android Pay, provides MasterCard cardholders with convenience and security. We are happy that Google has chosen Poland as the second European market to launch the service.
“Thanks to a high market share of Android OS in Poland and highly developed payment infrastructure, our country has a huge potential to widely adopt the technology in a short time, as was the case with contactless payments.”
Payments made with Android Pay use tokenisation technology provided by MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES), which ensures the highest level of security. During shopping, instead of real card number, it is the token that is provided to the store in order to ensure maximum security to card’s sensitive information.