Mobile Payments are about to make a big splash as Google officially announced that Android Pay would begin rolling out to users as of today, although it does have some caveats. It no longer works with any card right out of the box, which means your bank will specifically have to be partnering with Google for Android Pay to work on your device. There are already a number of institutions supporting this at launch, including Bank of America, USAA, and more. What many users will still be waiting on is the details regarding where Android Pay will be supported. As of this morning Staples has just announced that they will be accepting Android Pay as a form of payment beginning September 16th.
Although Staples has now officially stated they will be accepting Android Pay, at least one user already got it working as of back on September 3rd with an included recording and YouTube post (which you can also see below) showing the payment going through, so this isn’t too much of a surprise. Having said that, it isn’t likely that Android Pay would have been working in all or even many Staples retail locations at the time, and this serves as a notification to users that it will be going live in all Staples retail stores on that date.
In addition to being able to unlock their device and tap it to the payment terminal to pay for their products, customers will also be able to save their Staples Rewards and Staples gift cards in the Android Pay app for easy access to those as well, making it simple to pay with their supported credit or debit cards as well as Staples gift cards and use any Rewards cards offers they may have all within one app. Staples has more than 1,300 retail locations, and Google has worked with the company to ensure it will be available in all of them starting next week, said Spencer Spinnell, Director of Business Development at Google. Staples will not be the only place where consumers can use Android Pay to purchase goods or services though, as Google states it will be working at more than one million merchants in the U.S. at launch, including places like Subway, McDonald’s and more.