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Report: Android Pay won’t be launching this week

Google’s Android Pay platform will apparently not be going live in the United States this week, despite reports suggesting the mobile payments platform would be arriving today.

Earlier this week, we brought word of a McDonald’s internal memo, which detailed an August 26 launch, while other vendors such as Subway also heralded the arrival of Android Pay.

However, TechCrunch sources say the fast food chains may have gotten a little ahead of themselves.

The launch may still be “imminent” but it won’t be this week according to the report.

Android Pay was announced at Mobile World Congress in March, while Google also fleshed out the details at its I/O conference in May.

The effective replacement for Google Wallet will take on the Apple Pay platform as well as the incoming Samsung Pay offering, powered by the LoopPay company the firm acquired in February.

Like Apple’s solution Android Pay will be NFC-powered and will send one-time payment tokens rather than the credit card details. It’ll also be available as a payment method within apps like Groupon and Uber.

Users won’t have to use their fingerprint to authenticate a purchase either. Instead they’ll simply have to unlock their phone at the terminal.

See also: Apple Pay vs Android Pay

The Android Pay website still lists the service as “coming soon” and Google has not commented on the recent reports.

There’s still no word on when the company plans to launch in the UK, but it appears Brits will be waiting much longer than an extra week for Google’s mobile payments service to land.

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