Leaked memo to McDonalds employees apparently reveals August 26 launch date
A notice sent to employees at a number of McDonald’s restaurants in the US has suggested Android Pay will be available for customers to use from this Wednesday, August 26.
The note (pictured below), which was first spotted by Android Police, urges employees to review the training materials to remind themselves of the service procedures, which it describes as “the same as with Apple Pay”.
This was then seemingly corroborated by another notice containing more details on the workings of Android Pay by a Reddit user claiming to be a McDonalds employee.
The notice also states that partners supporting Android Pay will also soon begin receiving stickers for point-of-sale terminals (POS) to inform customers they can pay their using their phones.
TechWeekEurope has contacted Google for more information but had not received a response at the time of publication.
First announced back at Google I/O in May, Android Pay will allow Android users to quickly and easily use their mobile devices to pay for goods or services at a shop checkout using a contactless terminal.
Alongside McDonalds, Google has signed up a host of other big-name retailers, including the likes of Subway and Staples to include loyalty programs and special offers within Android Pay.
This means that loyalty points from a linked account will automatically be applied when paying for certain goods, and vouchers or special bonuses can also be linked in without needing to open a separate app.
Android Pay is also aiming to make shopping online using a mobile device easier than ever before. Instead of needing to repeatedly enter your credit card and shipping address each time you make a purchase online, users can now just select “Buy with Android Pay” and proceed through the checkout with a series of taps.
The service supports all well-known card providers including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover, and Google has also signed up many of the leading payment providers to Android Pay, including the likes of Braintree and Stripe.
Security is provided via industry standard tokenisation technology, meaning that Android Pay never includes any card numbers with your payment, safeguarding personal data in case of a data breach.
And if your phone is ever lost or stolen, users can simply access Android Device Manager to instantly lock your device from anywhere, secure it with a new password or even wipe it clean of your personal information.
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