One of the reasons why Android Pay hasn't been adopted as widely as Samsung Pay or even Apple Pay, is the bank that it supports. While there are a number of banks already supported by the service, Google has been continuing to add more and more banks and financial institutions to Android Pay. Today, they added another 44 banks to the list of supported banks. You can check out the full list of supported banks and financial institutions at the source link below. Some of the banks include Acadia Federal Credit Union, Bath Savings Institution, CrossFirst Bank, F&M Trust and many more. As a bonus, TSB in the UK is now supported, for our friends across the pond.
This round of banks added to Android Pay is mostly full of the smaller banks, as most of the larger banks are already supported - including Chase who took their sweet time in being supported by Android Pay. For those of you that use one of the banks listed, this means that you'll now be able to use Android Pay with your associated debit card. So you can add that card to Android Pay. Head to a place that accepts Android Pay and tap your phone on the terminal to authorize your payment. It's pretty simple, but unfortunately not every merchant accepts Android Pay at this time, so you won't be able to leave your wallet at home.
Android Pay is the second iteration of Google's mobile wallet service. Google Wallet, which preceded it, didn't do all that well. Google announced Android Pay last year, and it seems to be off to a better start, although it's still a bit behind Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Especially in terms of customers actually knowing that it exists. The Android Pay team has a number of features planned for the service in the coming months. Android Pay does also accept loyalty cards, and some of these can automatically be scanned when you tap to pay, like with Walgreens Balance Rewards loyalty card, which is integrated into Android Pay. Instead of just being stored in the service.