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Android Pay announced new partnerships with a handful of banks from around the globe, including Bank of America, USAA, Bank of New Zealand, Discover and mBank.
According to Google, the mobile payment technology will be integrated into the service of the banks’ own mobile apps, making it the first time Android Pay is being made available within mobile banking apps, TechCrunch reported.
While the integration may vary depending on the specific mobile banking app, the essential focus will be on enabling cards to be added to Android Pay from within the banking app.
As the report pointed out, the partnership expansions will enable Android Pay to reach an additional avenue of distribution. The hope is that customers will notice the payment option within their mobile banking app and possibly show interest in testing out mobile payments from there.
“This latest collaboration with banks expands Android Pay’s capabilities as an open platform and moves us closer toward our goal of empowering mobile payments everywhere. We’re continuing to integrate with additional mobile banking apps, so look for updates from your bank about this new feature,” Pali Bhat, global head of Payments products for Google, said in a blog post.
Mobile payment providers are looking to boost what can only be described as underwhelming mobile pay adoption.