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Forget wallet but not Android phone

staples2Staples, one of the world’s largest internet retailers, has announced that Android Pay, a new mobile payment solution that offers customers simplicity, security and choice when paying with their Android phones, will be live in Staples stores on Wednesday, September 16.

Android Pay is making instore payments simpler for every Android user. When customers go into a Staples store, they will be able to simply unlock their phone and tap it to the payment terminal.

“Staples knows that today’s small business customers rely on their phones more than ever to make purchases and save time,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president for marketing in North American stores and online at Staples. “With Android Pay, shoppers can quickly and securely pay for their products so they can focus on making more happen for their business.”

“Staples knows that today’s small business customers rely on their phones more than ever to make purchases and save time,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president for marketing in North American stores and online at Staples. “With Android Pay, shoppers can quickly and securely pay for their products so they can focus on making more happen for their business.”

“We want to make instore payments simpler for everyone, so we’ve worked with Staples to enable Android Pay in all of their more than 1,300 locations. This adds to the list of over one million merchants in the US where people can seamlessly tap and pay with their Android phones,” said Spencer Spinnell, director for Business Development at Google.

Android Pay will be available via an app download in the Google Play store, and can be used starting next week at Staples’ stores.

The tap-to-pay system was announced earlier this year as part of an effort to ramp up the Android challenge to Apple, which has a similar system for iPhones.

Product manager, Pali Bhat said in a blog post that one million locations across the United States would be accepting the wireless payment system for Android-powered handsets.

“Android Pay also stores your gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers right on your phone,” Bhat said.

“We’ll be rolling out gradually over the next few days, and this is just the beginning.

“We will continue to add even more features, banks and store locations in the coming months, making it even easier to pay with your Android phone.”

Similar to the Apple Pay system unveiled last year, Android Pay will allow consumers to store their credit card information on their handsets along with loyalty cards and other data.

For extra security, Android Pay will generate a one-time “token” or virtual account number so the actual credit card data is not revealed in a transaction.

Google said in February it was teaming up with the mobile phone payment firm Softcard to ramp up its efforts in the emerging sector.

This will allow Google Wallet to become a pre-installed “tap to pay” app on Android smartphones.

Google’s Android Pay has been rolled out to US customers, becoming the latest system to allow consumers to tap their phones to pay for purchases at retailers.

The tap-to-pay system was announced earlier this year as part of an effort to ramp up the Android challenge to Apple, which has a similar system for iPhones.

Product manager Pali Bhat said in a blog post that one million locations across the United States would be accepting the wireless payment system for Android-powered handsets.

“Android Pay also stores your gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers right on your phone,” Bhat said.

“We’ll be rolling out gradually over the next few days, and this is just the beginning.

“We will continue to add even more features, banks and store locations in the coming months, making it even easier to pay with your Android phone.”

Similar to the Apple Pay system unveiled last year, Android Pay will allow consumers to store their credit card information on their handsets along with loyalty cards and other data.

For extra security, Android Pay will generate a one-time “token” or virtual account number so the actual credit card data is not revealed in a transaction.

Google said in February it was teaming up with the mobile phone payment firm Softcard to ramp up its efforts in the emerging sector.

This will allow Google Wallet to become a pre-installed “tap to pay” app on Android smartphones.

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