Why We’re Excited About Android Pay
What is Android Pay?Much the same as Apple Pay, Android Pay gives users the ability to pay for things in stores and online with their phone. In stores people simply swipe their phones over a card reader, just like the contactless cards we have now, and online there is a “buy with android pay” button if websites have it enabled. As we know, mobiles are changing the way customers engage with purchases both on and offline. First the release of Apple Pay meant that people who have an iPhone 6 or 6+ could make contactless payments with their phones, tablets and even watches and now with Android Pay even more people have access to similar features. Google recently brought out Android Pay in America as a direct competitor to Apple Pay. For all intents and purposes it does exactly the same thing. However there is one difference that makes it important in the marketing world, this is the sheer amount of people that will have access to the feature. A staggering 81.5% of the global smartphone operating system marketplace is claimed by Android, compared with 14.8% IOS, Apple’s operating system (source: digitaltrends.com). Then, when you consider only 19% of Apple device users actually have a 6 or 6+ (where Apple Pay is able to be enabled) it’s a really small number compared with Androids 81.5% of the entire market:
Google’s casting a much wider net with support for all Android 4.4 KitKat phones with NFC chips, not just its own Nexus devices.” (source: techradar.com)This graph clearly illustrates that mobile usage is going up and up each year: Although the stats are from the USA the same trends can be found here in the UK. All these people using their mobile devices to browse the web combined with Apple and Android Pay simply means that a mobile marketing strategy can not be ignored.