Singapore completes digital wallet trifecta with regional Android Pay launch

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The world’s 113th largest country by population and 190th by area is also somehow one of the most technologically advanced, with the absolute fastest LTE connections, light-years ahead of the US, and starting today, islandwide Android Pay support in addition to Apple Pay and Samsung Pay functionality.

Just one other nation already allows its smartphone-addicted inhabitants to perform quick and secure on-the-go transactions across all three digital wallet services, while the UK and possibly Australia should soon join the ranks of Singapore and US.

Google wants us to know that, although it’s a few steps behind its arch-rivals in terms of global availability, the Android-universal mobile payment tool is only getting started on the Asian continent. The beginning is very promising too, with MasterCard and Visa cards from Singapore-leading banks DBS, OCBC, POSB, Standard Chartered and UOB enabled for safe storage on handhelds running KitKat and up right off the bat.

You can use Android Pay at contactless NFC terminals in a wide range of local retail stores, including 7-11, McDonald’s, StarHub, Toast Box, Uniqlo, Subway and Topshop, whereas in-app purchases will be activated “later in the year” for Delivero, Singapore Airlines, Uber, and “many more.”

Source: Google Asia Pacific Blog

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