Android Pay continues to evolve as a payment solution for individuals with compatible devices, and although Google is still working to bring more banks and credit unions on board to support the mobile payment platform, they’re also working to expand on Android Pay’s capabilities. Some of these changes were discussed today during Google I/O, and included in the changes which come with the most recent version of Android Pay, some users will be able to look forward to using Android Pay at ATMs. While the list of supported ATMs is small compared to what it will probably be in the future, this follows along with Samsung’s recent push to open up ATM use for Samsung Pay in South Korea.
At the moment, Bank of America is the only banking institution that Google is working alongside to bring this functionality up to speed. For those that use BofA as their banks, if Android Pay is set up, using your phone to pull out cash from an ATM will soon be a possibility. Google hasn’t confirmed it yet, but more banks should follow with support at ATMs down the line, with banks like U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo being likely candidates due to their size.
Beyond working with some Bank of America ATMs in the near future, Android Pay is also going to be supporting mobile payments through mobile sites, joining the likes of Google Checkout, PayPal, and others as an online form of payment through mobile web browsers like Chrome and others. Google is making this possible with a new API called the PaymentRequest API which makes the process of checking out through mobile sites much easier. In addition to these changes, Android Pay will now have a self-service API which allows developers who use a payment processing service that does not support Android Pay, to integrate Android Pay features into their applications. This API opens up the opportunity for any developer who wants to integrate Android Pay as a form of payment into their app for the sale of physical goods and services the chance to do so, something which Google began doing with just a small selection of apps at first.