Google expands Android Pay reach via strategic partnerships with Visa, MasterCard

Google expands Android Pay reach via strategic partnerships with Visa, MasterCard

In a Monday morning announcement, tech biggie Google said that it has expanded the reach of its Android Pay mobile payments service, by signing strategic partnerships with Visa and MasterCard.

According to the announcement, Google’s Android Pay mobile payments system will work with Visa Checkout and MasterPass, with effect from early 2017.

As a result, Android Pay users who shop online from their smartphones will be able to make payments on hundreds of thousands of new sites supporting the Visa Checkout or the MasterCard Masterpass checkout platforms.

For using the Android Pay system on sites which offer Visa Checkout or Masterpass, mobile users will first be required to link their accounts to the respective services in the Android Pay application. Upon the completion of the process, they can use the Android Pay service at checkout along with their preferred authentication mechanism, like fingerprint recognition.

In a nutshell, Google’s announcement of Android Pay-centric strategic partnerships with Visa and MasterCard means that mobile users who use the Android Pay service while shopping online will be able to easily complete the checkout process.

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