Ever since its official start in September, Android Pay has expanded bank support, payment terminal support (Square, Paypal Here), and recently started handling in-app purchases. However, Google's payment system has been bound by the USA borders so far and no user outside of the country has been able to set it up or use it. This is changing in the first half of 2016 when Android Pay should launch in the land down under otherwise known as Australia.
In an announcement on the Google Australia Blog, Google explained that Android Pay will launch in partnership with many banks and financial institutions in the country like ANZ, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, ING DIRECT, and others. It will support both Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards issued by any of those banks, with plans to partner with more later in the year.
Android Pay will be accepted at many contactless payment terminals in the country, including 7-Eleven, Brumby's Bakery, Coles Supermarkets, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Donut King, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, McDonald’s, and Telstra. And it'll also be available as a checkout method within apps such as Catch of the Day, EatNow, Kogan.com, Menulog, OzSale, and more. Check out the source link below for a full list of all supported banks, retailers, and apps.
It's odd that Australia is one of the first non-US countries getting support for Android Pay — we would have pitched Canada or the UK for this title — but good news is good news, no matter where it lands. The only question left to answer is whether or not by that time Android Pay will handle Australian Dollars or Australian Dollarydoos.
- Google Australia Blog