Google has launched Android Pay in Brazil and the Czech Republic, the 16th and 17th countries, respectively, to get the internet giant’s mobile payments service.
We already knew that Android Pay would land in Brazil sometime in 2017, and today’s launch comes just a few weeks after Android Pay arrived in the Ukraine. There have also been a number of other major market launches this year, including Russia, Canada, and Spain, and Android Pay is scheduled to roll out in Slovakia shortly.
Brazil represents a major launch for Android Pay, not only because the country has a huge population of more than 200 million but also because it’s the first Latin American market to gain access to the service. While Apple Pay has been rumored to be gearing up for a Brazil launch for a while, that has yet to materialize. But in a country dominated by Android, Google’s payment service may actually be better received by more people. It’s worth noting here that Samsung has been pushing its own Samsung Pay service through its Galaxy-branded handsets, having launched the feature in Brazil more than a year ago.
Google has also beaten both Apple and Samsung to launch its payments service in the Czech Republic, a country with a population of around 10 million people.