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Part of the Russian Android users got access to Android Pay

Russian users of Android smartphones have started to receive notifications on availability, to install app payments service Android Pay. But to use they’re card banks cannot connect to the service.

According to TASS, on Sunday, a number of users of Android-based smartphones in Russia began to receive notification and can install the application “Android Pay” from Google Play. In particular, the notice came on a gadget running the Android operating system 7.1.2. Users of devices with earlier OS versions such notification is not yet received.

When you first launch the app Android Pay system offers to add a credit card, but you cannot do that. The application takes no card of Sberbank or Alfa-Bank card. “Your Bank is not allowed to add cards of this type in Android Pay”, – stated in the message. In this first card is actually charged 30 rubles, which is indicated as “buy”, and as the seller specified Google Services, then undoes this transaction.

Early officially download the app Android Pay was impossible in the Google Play app store, it was reported that the service is not available in Russia.

The system also offers to contact Bank employees for more information. In the list of banks participating in the system and cards support Android Pay banks grouped by country, but Russia is not there. The list contains banks of countries such as USA and UK, Japan, Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland, New Zealand and Poland.

That Android Pay will work in Russia on 16 may, previously reported “Interfax”. According to sources, among the banks, which are already in February, worked on the implementation of the system, Sberbank and Alfa-Bank. Officially Google has not commented on its plans.

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Android Pay will be able to use the owners of phones, which is the Android platform. “A huge number of them — Sony, LG, other. We believe that the combination of all the technologies will allow to provide the majority of smartphone owners the option to pay with phones, not very important, which he will have a phone because he will use tokenization to make secure payments,” — said earlier the Director of business development and digital payments, Mastercard payment system in Russia Mikhail Fedoseyev.

Apple Pay, launched in Russia on 4 October last year. The technology allows to pay for goods and services by Bank cards using your iPhone and Apple Watch. For payment confirmation it is necessary to put the finger to Touch ID. Payment in offline stores is available via iPhone SE iPhone 6 and more new models and Apple Watch. For online payments suitable for iPhone 6 and above, as well as the iPad Pro, Air 2, mini 3 and more new models.

Samsung Pay is available to owners of smartphones Samsung Galaxy S7|edge, Galaxy S6|edge, Galaxy note 5 case, Galaxy A5 (2016) / A7 (2016). System Samsung Pay earned in Russia from September 29.

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