Android Pay arrives in Taiwan
It will have the usual rivals – Apple Pay arrived in Taiwan in March this year, while Samsung Pay was launched across the island nation just last month.
Google has also confirmed that it has landed in Canada. As reported last week, this arrival was anticipated. Over the next several days, Android Pay is rolling out with support from eligible Visa and Mastercard credit cards from BMO Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Banque Nationale, Scotiabank, Desjardins, President’s Choice Financial, ATB Financial, and Canadian Tire Financial Services, and prepaid Scotiabank and Desjardins cards.
Support for Interac-branded debit cards in Canada will begin roll-out on Monday (5 June), and support for American Express cards and Tangerine is coming later this summer.
There will be the customary competition as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay are both already in Canada. The former arrived in 2015, while the latter launched last year.
Elsewhere, Android Pay has been very active around the world.
As Banking Technology reported on 23 May, Android Pay landed in Russia. In March, Android Pay arrived in Belgium. Last year, Android Pay went live in Poland – the first country on continental Europe to launch the service.
The US was the first country to get Android Pay – this was in May 2015. The UK followed a year later. In Asia, Android Pay is available in Singapore and Hong Kong. It is also up and running in Australia, with ANZ being the first bank to introduce it to the market in July.