Google iOS 2015 revealed quite a few surprises, one of which was that Google Android Pay is way better than Apple Pay.
Very specifically, Google?s brand new contactless payment system was better than the one offered by Apple in three significant ways.
Apple Pay has been around for a while already, and it is no doubt very convenient and easy to use.
I was, therefore, really surprised to find out that Google’s option was simpler and better, especially since I hadn?t really been impressed with Google Wallet in the first place.
I had the chance to try out Android Pay on a Coca-Cola machine located at the conference venue and the experience was an eye-opening one.
The experience was very similar to using Apple Pay, with the interface being practically alike, except for a few differences.
- Android Pay gave the option of using MyCokeRewards points to purchase products and I picked up a can of coke without having to pay money. Google is going to be integrating various loyalty programs with Android Pay so that transactions are seamless. It?s a little more complicated with Apple and the process is cumbersome.
- Android Pay is simple and fast since it requires only a lock screen password to complete a transaction. There is no need to authenticate the payment using a second payment ID. Apple security measures are complicated, and to be honest, they are also irritating, especially when the transaction has to be redone.
- Android Pay is compatible with way more phones than Apple Pay. As a matter of fact, a whole list of phones launched as far back as 2013 can be used for Android Pay. This means that owners of phones ranging from LG G2, Nexus 5, HTC One M7 and of course, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be able to use Android Pay if they want. In fact, all phones that have Android 4.4 KitKat with NFC chips will be compatible with Android Pay.
Google is leaving no stone unturned to make Android Pay a success.
There are more than 700,000 different locations where Android Pay is accepted in the United States.
Many large retailers and fast food corporations have signed up with Google. They include McDonald’s, Subway, Coke, Pepsi, Walgreens and Best Buy, to name a few.
In addition, 1,000 or so Android apps will start using this mobile payment platform very soon.
When it comes to the banking business, companies such as Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to many major American banks have also joined Android.
It is very clear that people are going to be seeing a lot of the Android Pay logo as increasing numbers of companies sign up with it.
The presence of this logo or NFC will indicate that cashless payments can be made.
After all, businesses are aware of the fact that there are millions of Android users in the United States, many of whom will eventually move to this payment platform.
With Apple definitely going to play catch up, the future looks good for smartphone users!