Singapore becomes the first Asian country to receive Android Pay. It is also worth mentioning that this is only the third country in the world, after the US and the UK to have Android Pay. It is stated that more Asian countries are to get the service in the future.
In the Google Asia Pacific Blog, the official statement read:
Singaporeans can now use Android Pay at thousands of retail locations islandwide that accept NFC contactless payments, including 7-11, BreadTalk, Cold Storage, McDonald’s, NTUC FairPrice, StarHub, Toast Box, Uniqlo, and Watsons. Take a look here for more places where you can use Android Pay.
The post went on to talk about the advantages of using Android Pay:
Android Pay also stores your gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers right on your phone. You’ll no longer need to worry about leaving them at home, plus you’ll get special offers as an Android Pay user. We are also working closely with leading loyalty programmes such as NTUC Link’s Plus! Rewards Programme and CapitaLand’s CAPITASTAR. Users will be able to earn reward points and enjoy special offers across multiple retail outlets soon with just a tap.
Saying that along with helping you buy physical goods, you can even use the service to make purchases in other apps:
Android Pay will also let you breeze through checkout when you shop in your favorite mobile apps. There’s no need to enter your payment or address details every time. Look for the Android Pay purchase button when the feature launches later in the year in apps like Deliveroo, Grab, Shopee, Singapore Airlines, Uber, Zalora, with many more to come.
If you happen to be a developer who would like to incorporate Android Pay in your app, then please read this part carefully “As an open platform, Android Pay is available to any merchant that wants to push mobile payments forward. Just visit the Android Pay API developer site to learn how to accept Android Pay in your app.”
Things are looking bright for Android Pay, and as for other countries in the region, Australia is said to be next on the list, though it’s only a matter of time before the list starts to grow.