Report: Android Pay launching with LG Nexus in October
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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