Android smartphones with NFC are automatically compatible.
Android users in the UAE can now start enjoying Google Pay in the country as the feature has just been launched a few hours ago. While it was not officially announced, the UAE is now part of the supported countries that support Google Pay.
The app has also made an appearance on the local app store as well, which confirms that availability of the feature. Google Pay arrives almost a year after Apple Pay has launched in the country. While Android users are out of luck, Samsung users have already been enjoying Samsung Pay for a couple of months now.
Just like similar platforms, Google Pay lets you use the NFC chip on your Android smartphone as an alternative to using your credit and debit cards. A copy of the card will be safely stored on your device that will come with a different number, so just in case it gets stolen you don’t have to worry about replacing your cards. Along with that, purchases can only be authenticated through fingerprints and/or a passcode.
Google Pay’s support documents revealed that Emirates Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD, Mashreq, and Standard Chartered are the first banks to support the feature.
The UAE joins 25 more countries where Google Pay is now officially available.