Android Pay Now Supported By 34 New Card Issuers In The US

October 19, 2017 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak

Android Pay recently expanded its availability to 34 new card issuers in the United States, with Google growing its mobile payments ecosystem on yet another occasion this year, just over two weeks after its latest such move. As is usually the case with Android Pay expansions, this one appears to be somewhat comprehensive in terms of states from which the newly supported banks and credit unions originate, including institutions like the Community Point Bank from Kentucky, Civista Bank and the Riverview Credit Union from Ohio, First Bank Financial Centre from Wisconsin, and the Metabank from South Dakota. One major bank that’s now part of the Android Pay ecosystem is the Charles Schwab Bank, with most other new additions to the platform being smaller banking entities and credit unions.

You can refer to the source link below to check the updated list of all banks and credit unions currently supported by Android Pay. The service itself presently encompasses more than 1,000 card issues, which is a number that it surpassed relatively recently and is showing no signs of losing momentum. Android Pay‘s international expansion hasn’t been as swift as the one in Google’s home country, though 2017 still brought some significant milestones on the foreign front, with the service hitting Spain, Belgium, Canada, Russia, and Taiwan. The Mountain View, California-based tech giant is also expected to launch Android Pay in South Korea and Brazil by the end of the year but hasn’t provided an update on the matter in some time now. The South Korean launch of the platform was originally scheduled for August and missed that time frame, so it remains to be seen if it perhaps ends up being pushed to 2018.

Much like its rivals including Samsung Pay and Apple Pay, Android Pay is still gaining new users in a steady manner, though its user estimates vary greatly across industry trackers. Still, users of contactless payments as a whole are presently counted in tens of millions on a global level and more time will need to pass before adoption rates are high enough to allow for more detailed and relatively accurate breakdowns of this emerging market.