Android Pay is set to become widely available to Android device owners in Canada, starting from May 31, a week today. This is based on the latest information coming through from MobileSyrup, who in turn credits “sources that have reached out” for the information. So while this does not act as an official confirmation from Google, and while the details are still quite limited (as that is the entirety of information provided in this latest report), if correct, Canada is likely to be the next country to see its Android Pay support going live.
Which will mean Canada follows in the footsteps of Russia which saw its Android Pay functionality being switched on earlier this week. Although that was not the only Android Pay announcement that has come through recently, as this week also saw confirmation that PayPal integration with Android Pay is also going live for users - albeit only users in the US. On the topic of Canada though, even if the service does go live on May 31 as suggested, it still remains unclear just how widely supported the service will be, in terms of third-party banks and financial institutes, as well as shops and retail outlets.
For instance, while Android Pay has been available in the US for a fairly significant amount of time now, it does seem to be consistently in a state of gaining new support. With the latest support only being announced last week, on May, when as many as 39 additional US banks & credit unions were added. Marking the latest addition in a long line of periodic updates that have come through since the feature first when live in the US. So while Canada may gain Android Pay on May 31, it could be the case that at launch the service will be somewhat limited in terms of how widely the service can be used by residents, both in terms of supported cards and banks, and where it can be used. Although either way, if May 31 is indeed the switch on date, then more details on its compatibility in Canada will likely be announced at that time, if not before.