Ally Bank has released a statement today in regards to mobile payments. They are rolling out Apple Pay support today, on supported devices. But the company also announced that their team is also working on Android Pay as well as Samsung Pay, so Android users won't be left out either. Similar to app releases, Apple gets support first. With mobile payments such as Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, you'll be able to use your smartphone to make the payment instead of pulling out your plastic card. Of course, this only works at retailers that have the set up and are supporting the mobile payment system. Currently Samsung offers the most support with retailers, considering they use MST technology and the merchant doesn't need a new setup.
With Samsung Pay, you're limited to just a few Samsung devices. Namely the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 Edge. All of which are Samsung's flagships from the past year. Android Pay works on any device with Android 5.0 Lollipop or later that also has NFC (unfortunately devices without NFC, like the OnePlus Two won't work). Android Pay is Google's second attempt at mobile payments after Google Wallet pretty much never took off. Right now Android Pay is US only, but is coming to the UK by the end of this month and coming to Australia at the end of the year. Of course, more countries will see Android Pay in the future as well.
With Ally Bank bringing in compatibility for both Android Pay and Samsung Pay, it means you'll be able to use your Ally Bank card in either system and make payments with your smartphone - or tablet if you really wanted too. While it may not be a necessary feature right now, it is definitely something that their customers are going to love. Ally Bank hasn't set a date for when they will begin supporting Android Pay or Samsung Pay, but as soon as we know more information we'll be sure to pass it along, it'll likely be available sometime this summer.