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Is Sept. 16 Android Pay’s Big Day?

The Android Pay rumors seem to get more confirmation with every leaked memo.

First, it was the McDonald’s leaked memo that was distributed to managers and crew members to explain the procedures for accepting Android Pay. The date on the memo suggested that it was coming as soon as Aug. 26. But then Aug. 26 passed, and Android Pay hadn’t launched.

"This month, customers will be able to start using Samsung and Android mobile devices to pay for their orders. Samsung Pay begins Aug. 21, and Android Pay begins Aug. 26. Service procedures are the same as with Apple Pay,” read one of the notifications reportedly sent out to McDonald’s staff.

Now, fast forward to September, and there’s another leaked memo that seems to have some more credibility to it. And there’s even a video that’s being circulated about the Android Pay launch. The latest leak reported by Phandroid notes that Android Pay will launch Sept. 16. That’s exactly a week after Apple is having its major Sept. 9 launch day.

The latest Google Play Services app upgrade also contained hints of Google’s contactless payment service. With the latest upgrade (version 8.1), users could select between Google Wallet and Android Pay as their choice of payment method under the “Tap and pay” options, but on selecting Android Pay, no supporting apps were found listed. Once that officially launches, it seems as though Google is ready to launch Android Pay.

The full video teasing the launch was also found and can be viewed here.

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