It's been over a year since Google originally debuted Android Pay, a digital wallet platform designed for making purchases on mobile devices. Since then, this successor to Google Wallet made its way to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, and a handful of other countries around the globe. While Canada was originally supposed to receive this mobile payments solution back in early 2016, it wasn't until this October that things finally started moving on that front. More specifically, the Android Pay version 1.7 included code referencing incoming support for Interac, a system of processing debit payments utilized by most large banks in Canada. Given that revelation, it seemed that Android Pay would finally start rolling out in Canada shortly, and as of today, that rollout finally began.
More specifically, according to a report from one Reddit user and another one from 9to5Google, Android Pay now supports Scotiabank Visa cards in Canada. This support coincides with the latest update to Google's app which started rolling out earlier today. So, if you live in Canada and are interested in trying this out, make sure that your Android Pay app is up to date and try adding a Scotiabank Visa card. The Reddit user in question was using the so-called SCENE Visa card issued by the said Toronto-based bank, but any other Visa card from this financial institution should also work. Interestingly enough, this new support has seemingly rolled out overnight as 9to5Google confirmed no cards from Canadian banks could have been added to Android Pay just yesterday. Now, back to the Redditor in question, they apparently downloaded some version of Android Pay from APKMirror, after which they were able to install the latest update from the Google Play Store. Furthermore, after adding the Scotiabank SCENE Visa card, the app showed Apple Pay terms for some reason. However, after accepting these terms, the said user was able to make payments over Android Pay with their Scotiabank-issued card. You can see proof of this new functionality in the gallery below.
Given how Google has yet to make any official announcements and how Scotiabank is seemingly the only Canadian bank currently supported by this mobile payments solution, this certainly isn't an official launch. However, the Mountain View-based tech giant has apparently started rolling out Android Pay in Canada so it can't be long before the app starts supporting other banks as well, including the National Bank of Canada, BMO, RBC, and others.