First Data Throws Its Support Behind Android Pay

Payments technology company First Data announced yesterday (Sept. 16) it will act as a launch collaborator supporting Google’s continued rollout of Android Pay for in-store transactions.

The company confirmed it will provide processing solutions for Android Pay to help ensure contactless transactions at the point of sale are safe and secure.

“First Data has collaborated with Google since it first entered the mobile wallet market, and we are pleased to deepen the relationship with our support of Android Pay,” Barry McCarthy, executive vice president and head of network and security solutions at First Data, said in a company release.

“With our extensive experience in the payments industry and expertise providing technology solutions for business owners, financial institutions and their customers, we believe First Data is an indispensable partner for companies looking to shape the future of commerce technology. Google’s latest innovations in the digital wallet space with Android Pay further leverage and extend First Data’s mobile payments market leadership,” McCarthy added.

Android Pay is compatible with all NFC (or HCE)-enabled devices using any OS released since KitKat. Google officials confirmed for PYMNTS last week that Android Pay is compatible with roughly 70 percent of the Android phones currently in the U.S.

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Android Pay also 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. Wells Fargo and Citi are allegedly planning to add their support within the next few days.

As for where to use Android Pay, according to Google’s blog post, over 1 million locations (“and counting”) are available, including Macy’s, McDonald’s, Rite Aid, Panera and Whole Foods, among others.

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