Android Pay gains 9 new U.S. banks for its compatibility list, and while this is extending the amount of banks which support the mobile payment platform, 9 new banks is a significantly lower number than Google usually adds to the list whenever they update it, with the number normally being closer to 30 or 40. That being said, any new banks being supported is a good thing for the platform as it means that new establishments are continuing to adopt the new payment method, and it's especially good for the people who bank with those newly supported establishments as it means they'll finally be able to utilize an easier method for paying for products and services.
Google usually adds new banks to the support list for Android Pay about once a month at the least, so this new list of banks seems to be just about on schedule, as the last time Google updated the list with new banks it was on January 12th. The nine new banks which have been added include First American Bank, First Interstate Bank, Gruver State Bank, NBKC Bank, Norway Savings Bank, Ollo, River Valley Community Bank, Timberland Bank, and Trustco Bank. This time around there aren't any Credit Unions that have been added and all the banks that are now supported look to be smaller banks.
Steady support for Android Pay seems to be coming at a slightly faster pace than when Android Pay first launched, and this would be perfect timing for the pace to continue moving faster now that Android Wear 2.0 will be launched to existing devices in the near future, as Android Wear 2.0 finally introduces support for Android Pay as well which will let users pay for stuff simply by tapping their wrists to compatible payment terminals. This will of course will require that users have a compatible Android Wear smartwatch that comes with NFC integrated into the device in the first place, and this keeps things rather limited in terms of watches that can actually use Android Pay at the moment. That list will likely continue to grow in the near future too, so users who aren't fond of the LG Watch Sport will eventually get more options to work with, although the LG Watch Sport is currently available from both Verizon and AT&T for those who aren't keen on waiting for any other models to make use of the new feature.