Mobile Commerce

Android Launches Red Carpet-Style Mobile Payments Contest

To celebrate the U.S. release of Android Pay, Google is playing some spy games.

The company announced yesterday (Sept. 28) that it is holding a promotional contest around its mobile wallet — which last week became available for use in the United States — called "Tap to the Red Carpet," the winner of which (along with three friends) will be awarded a VIP trip to Mexico City that includes four tickets to the premiere of the new James Bond film "Spectre."

A company press release explains that to qualify Android Pay users merely have to use the service to tap and pay at any of the over 1 million U.S. locations where it is accepted between Sept. 28 and Oct. 15, 2015. Contestants are able to earn one entry with every day of use of the mobile wallet, with a maximum of 18 entries allowed during the promotional period. The grand prize winner will be selected by random drawing on Oct. 19, 2015.

As noted upon the service's U.S. release, Android Pay is compatible with all NFC (or HCE) enabled devices using any OS released since KitKat. Google officials previously confirmed to PYMNTS that the mobile wallet is compatible with roughly 70 percent of the Android phones currently in the U.S. Android Pay launched with the support of all of the major card networks — American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover — as well as many of the top issuers — Bank of America, Capital One, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, Regions Bank, USAA and U.S. Bank.

Interested parties in the "Tap to the Red Carpet" contest are guided by the aformentioned release to visit the the official promotional page of the contest, as well as directed to download Android Pay on Google Play.

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The How We Shop Report, a PYMNTS collaboration with PayPal, aims to understand how consumers of all ages and incomes are shifting to shopping and paying online in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our research builds on a series of studies conducted since March, surveying more than 16,000 consumers on how their shopping habits and payments preferences are changing as the crisis continues. This report focuses on our latest survey of 2,163 respondents and examines how their increased appetite for online commerce and digital touchless methods, such as QR codes, contactless cards and digital wallets, is poised to shape the post-pandemic economy.