The mobile payment platform has been a fast roll out to retailers and businesses, but it has been slightly less hasty from the banking side of things. With Android Pay and Samsung Pay, most major banks and credit unions were supported right from the start, or soon thereafter. With smaller and more regional banks and credit unions, however, the story is a bit different as support has taken more time to reach customers of these institutions. Google continues to work with banks and credit unions across the globe to expand support to more of these banks, and today they have just added 55 new U.S. banks and credit unions to the list on the Android Pay support site.
There are nine actual banks listed as new additions today, which include Bangor Savings Bank, Bankplus, Beneficial Bank, Owen Country State Bank, and more. The remainder of the new support comes for Credit Unions, including Achieva Credit Union, BayPort Credit Union, First South Financial Credit Union, and Island Federal Credit Union along with many others. You can check out the full list of banks and credit unions from the gallery of images below, which includes all of the 55 new U.S. banks and Credit Unions that have gained support today as well as the ones that have had support from the beginning leading up to now.
As Android Pay continues to expand support to new banking institutions, more services begin to support Android Pay as well. Just at the beginning of this month, Uber made the transition from accepting Google Wallet as a form payment for requested rides, to accepting Android Pay instead, which makes a little bit more sense as more people are likely to be using Android Pay compared to Google Wallet. In addition to adding new bank support to the service, Google is also looking to add in new features, as it was recently discovered in a teardown of the latest Android Pay apk that Google is likely to open up the ability that allows people to use loyalty and rewards cards without having to unlock their device, essentially speeding up the process of using them as they could simply initiate any transactions with them while the screen is asleep.