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Stripe brings ‘Tap to Pay’ to Android

The contactless payments hardware is now available to millions of businesses across six markets — the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.

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Stripe is expanding its ‘Tap to Pay’ offering to include Android.

The payments giants became Apple’s first payment partner last year, enabling any iOS device to act as a payment-making or -taking terminal.

Now the fintech is massively expanding its reach by allowing anyone with an NFC-equipped Android device to carry out Tap to Pay transactions as well. 

Stripe’s launch of Tap to Pay on Android puts contactless payments hardware into the pockets of millions of businesses around the world,” Stripe Terminal business lead John Affaki said.

“Now any business can set up in-person checkout in minutes.” 

Tap to Pay is a feature of Stripe Terminal, and provides an alternative for businesses to the dedicated card readers.

Instead businesses can turn any compatible Android device into a contactless mobile card reader, fully integrated with the rest of Stripe.

it  is now live in six markets — the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore — and supports transactions through Mastercard, Visa, American Express and mobile payments such as Google Pay.

“Contactless payments are increasingly becoming the norm, therefore it's crucial that businesses of all sizes are able to accept this form of payment,” Google Payments director of product management Dong Min Kim said. 

“Android devices already connect billions of people globally, and by teaming up with Stripe to support Tap to Pay, we are providing businesses who have Android devices an easy and cost-effective way to accept contactless payments from their customers.”

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