Singapore is the first country in Asia to launch and the third in the world after US and UK.
You don’t have to open an app to use Android Pay. Wake your phone, hold it to the payment terminal and your payment is done. You also get a notification on your phone with the amount you spent and where. Android Pay works with MasterCard and Visa and participating banks here include DBS, OCBC Bank, POSB, Standard Chartered and UOB. There is no limit to how many cards you can add. Select which card to charge the amount to.
Android Pay runs on KitKat 4.4 or higher and is available on all Android devices that are NFC enabled. It does not share your credit or debit card number with the merchant when you pay and is safer than using your actual card. You can also use Android Device Manager to instantly lock your device from anywhere should you lose your device. Android Pay also stores your gift cards, loyalty cards such as CapitaLand’s CAPITASTAR and NTUC Link’s Plus! Rewards Programme and special offers on your phone.
Some of the places that accept Android Pay include:
- 7 Eleven
- Cold Storage
- Fair Price
- Sheng Siong
Later this year Android Pay will be added to certain mobile apps including Deliveroo, Grab, Honestbee, KFIT, Peatix, Redmart, Shopee, Singapore Airlines, Uber, Zalora and others.