At the Google I/O conference last week, Google announced their plan to broaden Android Pay to a range of new countries in the future. The countries were Russia, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Taiwan. Although Google didn’t announce exact dates on when the Android Pay would reach to those country, it seemed that the wheels were in on its way and we could expect to hear good news in the coming months. We already saw that Google officially launched Android Pay in Russia earlier this week.
The launch of Android Pay for Russia is something expected since there was an announcement in a press release, but apart from that, there are still a lot of activity in Canada as well. On the /r/Android subreddit, there are a number of Canadians that have talked about the appearance of Android Pay stickers at various terminals. Visa Canada even published details about Android Pay on its website earlier this month, though it was immediately removed and reverted back to the initial content.
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Now, according to a rumor, Android Pay will be launching in Canada at the end of this month. This information comes from MobileSyrup, as they said that they received internal documents showing the launch date: May 31st. While Apple Pay just had a build with only American Express support at launch in Canada, these documents showed that “major credit and debit cards in Canada” would be supporting Android Pay at launch.
In addition, the documents also say that Android Pay will be accepted “anywhere contactless is accepted,” which means it will have a better introduction over Apple Pay did. Just as your expectation, you’ll be able to use Android Pay in Canada with any Android 4.4+ smartphones that support NFC to do the payment.