Back during Google IO this year, Google officially announced Android Pay, their evolution of the mobile payments system they had in place previously, known as Google Wallet. Earlier this month Google officially launched Android Pay, and now that it’s out many Android users can now use the app to make payments online and in many different retail stores across the country who support NFC-based payments kiosks at the checkout. While the launch happened over a week ago, the app itself wasn’t in the Play Store and had to be sideloaded. That changed as of earlier this morning when Google officially pushed the app out to the Play Store for users to install the app who hadn’t previously had the old Google Wallet app.
With Android Pay now live, lots of users will begin trying to use the app to make payments at stores, but there are some caveats to the service so far, most notably that it can’t be used with just any virtual card anymore like the old Google Wallet service. This means Google will have to specifically be working with a bank for a person’s card to be supported within the Android Pay app, and the only way around this has been for users to already be using Google Wallet for mobile payments with the card they wanted to use inside of Android Pay.
At launch Google only had a handful of banks supported but more will end up getting added as time goes on. One of those banks was due to be Citibank, and according to some Citi customers that support has now been enabled allowing them to add and use their Citibank credit cards and debit cards. Navigating over to the Android Pay official website also reveals that Citi is listed as a supported bank partner among the others. This still limits plenty of individuals who may do their banking at any one of the many smaller banks and credit unions, but hopefully it won’t be too long before Google and those banks end up partnering for support. Until then, mobile payments won’t be an option for some people.