If you have been waiting for the least week or so since its launch for your Google Wallet app to update to Android Pay, you can now take matters into your own hands. Google has released the Android Pay app into the Google Play Store for you to download to your NFC compatible devices. The app is free and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you can read my first look at the app from last week when I got it on my Nexus 6. Essentially this is the replacement for the old Google Wallet app (there is a new one for sending and receiving funds) rebranded with some security improvements and other performance updates. There are a long list of retailers that are already accepting Android Pay because they were accepting Google Wallet prior to the launch. Additional retailers and financial institutions are there now too and many more are in the roadmap to be added in the coming weeks.
To use Android Pay you will have to have an Android device that has NFC functionality built into it. At a retailer, simply tap your device to the credit card reader that is Android Pay and NFC compatible and you will pay for your purchase. You don’t even have to have the app running. It will simply pop up to confirm you are making the purchase. Once your purchase is complete, you will have a transaction record for that credit card or debit card you used to pay with for your records right within the app.
I used Android Pay yesterday for the first time in earnest since the update and it worked flawlessly for me. In fact it was somewhat anti-climatic although I have to say the app behaves and certainly looks better than the old Google Wallet app.