Android Pay could be headed for a rollout later this week, if a recent leak from a prominent fast food chain is to be believed.
Google’s mobile payment system has been gestating for some time now, with Google going into a fair amount of detail on Android Pay at Google I/O in May.
One piece of information Google hasn’t provided with regard to Android Pay is a release date, but we may have just received a high-profile tip off.
Android Police has obtained what appears to be an internal memo for McDonalds US staff detailing the roll-out of Android Pay in its restaurants. As well as mentioning the Samsung Pay rollout, the memo mentions that customers will be able to use Android Pay to pay for their burgers from August 26. It also states that the service procedures are the same as Apple Pay.
It’s worth noting that the aforementioned Samsung Pay reference is incorrect, which adds a hint of doubt to the Android Pay claims. It’s also possible that this memo is going off outdated information.
However, it seems likely that a massive operator like McDonalds would have been kept well advised by Google as the progress of its mobile payment system.
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Also, as the report states, US retailers are visibly ramping up for an imminent Android Pay rollout, with anecdotal evidence of placards cropping up in shops across the country.
We’ll find out for sure this coming Wednesday. Hopefully we’ll also have an indication of a UK rollout in the not-too-distant future.