Today Google announced Russia has become the 11th country where Android Pay is available for use. In their announcement, Google goes over all of the basics about Android Pay including things like how to use it with your device via NFC at a physical retailer or using the Android Pay button with online retailers. Like other countries, Android Pay also requires a participating bank for the source of funds and merchants need a participating payment processor. Like other countries, users can also add their loyalty cards to the app for easy access.
The list of merchants accepting Android Pay in Russia includes many places that might be familiar to U.S. users, like BP, Burger King, KFC, McDonald’s or Starbucks. Other more country specific retailers include Magnit, Perekstok and Rosneft.
Like physical retailers, some apps will make Android Pay available as an option including Uber, Delivery Club, Lamoda, or Rambler-Kassa. Some of the banks that are participating include AK BARS, B&N Bank, Otkritie, Promsvyazbank, Russian Standard Bank, and Tochka. With the improvements Google has been making to the Android Pay platform, some customers with banks like Raiffeisen Bank do not need to re-key their card info – they can just look for the option to “Add to Android Pay” from within the bank’s specific app.
Russia becomes the 11th country where Android Pay can be used, joining the U.S., the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Poland, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Japan, and Belgium. Before the end of the year it is expected that South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada and Spain will join the list.