Mar 02, 2017 04:21 AM EST
As its rivals Apple Pay and Samsung Pay are now starting to widen their support in the U.S., it comes as no surprise that Android Pay would follow suit. This is now confirmed as Google's very own mobile payment platform has added 31 more financial institutions in the U.S.
As cited by Android Headlines, Android Pay is now servicing 31 new banks in the United States. This is revealed by the previously updated support pages of Google's mobile payments service. It shared that the new additional banks have included the Alcoa Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union, America's First FCU, First State Bank of Colorado, The Hometown Bank of Alabama, Town & Country Bank and Trust, and TTCU The Credit Union.
According to the same publication, Android Pay is now supporting more than 600 banks in the U.S. This comprises all of the major financial institutions and the majority of owners of Android devices in the country that should be able to enjoy the service as well. Despite this significant development, Android Pay still has a long way to go until it gets to support all the banks in the country. As of 2014, there were 6,799 banks in the U.S., as per the United States Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
In related news, major financial institution Wells Fargo has joined the other financial institutions in support of Android Wear 2.0. As such, users can now enable their smartwatches to authorize purchases without having the need to make use of their smartphones. This support encompasses Wells Fargo's consumers and business Debit Visas, Consumer Prepaid Visa, Consumer Credit Visa, Business Credit Visa along with the Consumer American Express consumers. All of these card services also support Android Pay.
Meanwhile, Citi Bank has yet to support Android Wear 2.0 despite its support with most of its cards for Android Pay. But with the recent, drastic support of the wearable's payment platform, this major bank might soon be jumping on the bandwagon, as per Android Authority.
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