Google has revealed a major expansion of its Android Pay system, letting people pay from within apps.
Google is updating its mobile payments platform to make it easier for Android users to
make in-app purchases. The feature is available now in more than 20 apps. The firm boasted there are also now over 1 million locations across the US that already accept tap and pay, with more being added every day.
The capabilities, which were first previewed at the company’s I/O developer conference earlier this year, are similar to the in-app purchasing features in Apple Pay. Developers who have integrated Android Pay into their apps can allow users to make purchases through their credit cards that are linked to Android Pay, without requiring them to leave the app. This applies to both in-app purchases of physical goods — like groceries through Instacart — and services, such as Lyft.
A handful of apps, including Lyft, HotelTonight, DoorDash and OpenTable, are beginning to make the payments feature available now and Google says more developers will be adding the features in the coming months.
‘Since this Fall, we’ve seen millions of people set up Android Pay, and the vast majority of them are using tap and pay with their Android devices for the first time,’ the firm said.
‘Now we’re ready for the next step: We’re working to bring Android Pay’s simplicity and security to purchases within apps, and to people in more countries around the world.
‘Starting today, you’ll be able to use Android Pay to speed through mobile checkout within many of your favourite Android apps in the US.’