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Singapore becomes first Asian country to get Android Pay

After launching in both the United States and the United Kingdom, Android Pay,Google’s contactless smartphone payment solution is finally making landfall in Asia. Singapore will be the first Asian market to gain access to Android Pay with Singaporeans able to load Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards from six banks including DBS and Standard Chartered onto their android smartphones. The service is immediately available in Singapore, and can be used at any store that accepts contactless credit card payments.

Google’s Android Pay doesn’t require fingerprint scans, though the phones need to have NFC and be running Android 4.4 KitKat and above. Making payments is as simple as tapping the phone to the contactless payment terminal. You don’t even need to unlock the phone to do so — as long as the screen is turned on, payments can be made.

Singapore is quickly becoming a testbed for the mobile payments scene. With the recent announcements of Apple Pay and Samsung Pay’s availability in the island state, Google’s Android Pay makes its official debut here — its third market after the UK and US.

Android Pay stores your gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers on your phone. Google said that it is working closely with leading loyalty programmes such as NTUC Link’s Plus! Rewards Programme and CapitaLand’s CAPITASTAR that will allow users earn reward points and enjoy special offers across multiple retail outlets soon.

Google claims that Android Pay is more secure than using your actual credit card because Android Pay doesn’t share your actual credit or debit card number with the merchant when you pay. If your phone is ever lost or stolen, you can use Android Device Manager to instantly lock your device from anywhere, secure it with a new password, or even wipe it clean of your personal information.

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