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Report: Android Pay launching with LG Nexus in October

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Google has already waxed lyrical on Android Pay, but it skipped over one important detail – the release date.

Fortunately, a new leak (courtesy of Business Korea) suggests Google is planning to roll out Android Pay as soon as October.

What’s more, the report claims the service will debut on a new Nexus device built by LG.

“The question of whether Android Pay would succeed in the simple payment service market would depend on its ability to dominate the advanced countries’ markets in Europe and North America...this is in part why Google chose LG, given the latter’s success in these markets,” explains the source.

That suggests October will also serve as the launch month for Google’s upcoming Android M mobile operating system.

The source is cited anonymously as “an industry watcher” so, unfortunately, we can’t verify this information.

However, we’ve seen a host of leaks that suggest Google is plotting an LG Nexus 5 for this autumn.

What’s more, Android M and, by association, Android Pay are also set for an autumn launch, which gels with the mooted October release window.

It’s worth noting that Google is also reportedly working on a second Nexus device – the much-rumoured Huawei Nexus 6.

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Nexus devices usually act as launch vehicles for new Android software, so it’s likely both of the new handsets will carry Android M.

As such, Android Pay also looks set to appear, giving Google a formidable mobile payments service to rival the competing Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

Google has yet to confirm any of these details, so we’ll have to take this latest report with a pinch of salt.

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Hamish Campbell

August 7, 2015, 8:06 pm

Surely this stuff is only interesting in the USA? Europe and Asian are already rolling this stuff out I thought. I know here (Denmark) there hasn't been a shop that doesn't take a chip card for a couple of decades and now paying via phone app to anyone else is possible and NFC auto payments of below 20 quid or so is rolling out. The UK seems to be pretty covered with chip card payments and oyster card in london etc.

So I'm not sure how Apple Pay and Google Pay and Samsung Pay are going to get a foothold. Perhaps other parts of Europe are a bit behind the eight-ball ??

PGrGr

August 8, 2015, 9:16 pm

I bought a Nexus 5 when it was released. One of the factors I remember looking at, when choosing the handset, was whether it contained the crucial NFC chip for touch payments. I thought it was going to be the next big thing. 2 years later, and I still can't use my phone to pay for anything, not even the tube, which has been using contacless cards for years, and which now allows contactless payments from any card, rather than just their own Oyster brand, but not phones.

Some of the phone networks, banks, and of course, Apple, have rolled out their own versions of contactless payments with phones, but overall, it just hasn't happened here.

Yet.

I'm hoping that the ubiquity of Android might be enough to push it into the mainstream, but I think it depends on how much of a marketing push it gets.

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