BBVA launches Android Pay in Spain
Written by Anthony Strzalek
Spanish banking group BBVA has teamed up with Google to become the first bank in the country to launch Android Pay, allowing its customers to pay using their mobile phones.
Android Pay will be operational in the more than one million businesses in Spain with contactless technology. The move means BBVA increases the mobile payment services it has offered its customers for more than three years with BBVA Wallet, making BBVA cards compatible with Android Pay.
Currently, 90 per cent of the cell phones in the market use Android technology, meaning that this system will allow many BBVA customers to pay with their smartphones. In addition to using BBVA Wallet for payments, the bank’s customers can now pay with their cell phones and Android Pay both in stores, websites and merchants’ apps.
Customers need only to download the app at no cost on the Google Play Store, add the compatible BBVA credit and debit cards and activate the app. In the coming weeks, BBVA customers will be able to register for Android Pay on BBVA Wallet.
In order to make payments with Android Pay, customers put their mobile phone next to the POS terminal with the screen on, as there’s no need to open the app. After the purchase, they will receive information on the transaction, so they can keep track of their purchases and receipts. Furthermore, customers will be able to make payments on websites using Android Pay.
Antonio Macías, strategy and transformation director at BBVA, said: “The agreement with Android Pay seeks to make it easier for customers to pay with their cell phones – a device that is being used more and more.”