Google has announced a couple of notable updates to its Android Pay mobile payments service today.
Last May, the internet giant launched its Apple Pay competitor in the U.S., letting users pay for goods in physical retail stores by associating their MasterCard or Visa with their device and then swiping the device against a contactless terminal at the point of sale. It can also be used to pay for things within third-party apps. Google has since expanded Android Pay to the U.K., Australia, and Singapore.
Now, Android Pay is about to get just a little more useful with the news that compatibility is being expanded to cover more banks. From today, Chase Bank customers in the U.S. will be able to add their Visa cards to the Android Pay app, while U.K. consumers will be able to add Santander and TSB cards “in the coming weeks.”
But perhaps more notable than that is the confirmation that Android Pay will soon work via the mobile web, meaning anyone using Chrome will be able to skip the Android Pay app installation and use the in-store checkout feature from a browser.
This extension was actually announced by Google back in May, but no tangible timescale was given for its rollout. Now, at least, we know that it’s coming “soon” and that it will work on Groupon.com, 1-800-Flowers.com, “and many more to come,” according to a blog post.