With the official Android Pay launch having been announced this morning by Google and a rollout beginning today for many users, the flurry of retailers slated to accept the form of mobile payments has begun and announcements from those retailers seems to be in full swing. So far there have been just a few different retailers that have already announced support for Android Pay prior to today’s announcement, including fast food chains McDonald’s and Subway, and just earlier this morning Staples also announced they would be supporting the mobile payments platform starting on September 16th. The latest retailer to announce official support is GameStop, a U.S.-based video game retailer specializing in selling new and used video games as well as consoles, game accessories, game guides, and even some tablets.
While Android Pay begins rolling out today, not all retailers that will end up supporting it will have Android Pay compatible payment kiosks live and in stores as of today, as is the case with Staples which isn’t launching it’s support until the middle of next week on September 16th. There doesn’t seem to be an explicit mention of when GameStop themselves will be opening up support, so we can only assume that payment may already be live, and any users who may have the Android Pay app installed can potentially already pay for games and game related goods via their smartphone with just a tap.
Having said this, not all people will be able to use Android Pay right away either as there are a few caveats to getting it up and running on a device. A one size fits all virtual card no longer works which means you can’t use just any credit or debit card with Android Pay out of the box. Your bank will specifically have to be partnering with Google for the cards to be added to Android Pay and work, and at the moment there are only a handful of banks which are supported at launch. However, there will be more getting added consistently as Google will be working with more and more banking institutions as the launch continues. It’s also worth noting that there is a way some users can use Android Pay even if there bank isn’t on the supported list so long as there grandfathered card is already added inside of Google Wallet before the grandfathering period ends.