Android Pay arrives in Poland with Mastercard and Visa support from three banks

Google’s Android Pay digital wallet platform hasn’t been able to match Apple Pay’s very swift global expansion pace, nor can it work with older magnetic stripe-supporting POS terminals, like Samsung Pay.

But its key strength lies in much wider compatibility with devices from more than just one manufacturing company. Basically, if your phone is on Android KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow or Nougat, it handles safe, on-the-go transactions and purchases, regardless of its brand name.

Of course, you’ll also need a physical credit or debit card issued by a participating bank or credit union in the US, UK, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and now, Poland. The second European country included in Android Pay’s (slow) world tour hasn’t actually welcomed Apple Pay or Samsung Pay yet, which qualifies as a milestone of sorts for the third most prominent mobile payment service.

Polish clients of Alior Bank, Bank Zachodni WBK and T-Mobile Banking Services are allowed to electronically store their Mastercard or Visa cards off the bat, with mBank to be “supported soon, along with more banks in the coming months.”

Once you slim down your physical wallet, and rely on your NFC-enabled Android handheld for one-tap payments, a whopping 400K+ retail locations throughout Poland will open their e-doors to you. These include Carrefour, Rossmann, Costa Coffee, McDonald’s, KFC, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and Lidl shops, with in-app functionality coming soon from Allegro, Ceneo, iTaxi.pl and Uber, among others.

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