TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Consumers across Canada can now “tap and pay” using their Android devices. Elavon, a leading payments solution provider in Canada, has partnered with Google to enable the Android Pay™ mobile payments technology at merchant locations across the country.
"We're excited to bring the simplicity and security of mobile payments to Elavon customers with Android Pay," said Pali Bhat, Global Head of Payment Products at Google. "People throughout Canada can now use their Android device to pay at hundreds of thousands of contactless payment terminals in the country."
More than 80 percent of Canadian wireless subscribers have a smartphone, more than half of which run a version of Android as their operating system, according to the 2015 Canada Digital Future in Focus findings from comScore. That was up from 44 percent using Android systems the year before.
For consumers, it’s as simple as tapping their Android device to pay. First, consumers should download the Android Pay app and set it up by adding an eligible credit or debit card. Android Pay then works at any Elavon merchant that currently accepts contactless transactions on the point-of-sale (POS) terminals. Consumers simply wake their phones and place it near the contactless reader. The payment information is then securely passed to the point-of-sale system.
For merchants, Android Pay offers fast payment acceptance and the ability for consumers to add loyalty programs and special offers. Android Pay transactions are also protected by multiple layers of security. When a consumer adds a credit card to Android Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device. Instead, a unique virtual account number is assigned to the card and stored on the device.
Mia Huntington, senior vice president and general manager of Elavon Canada, said, “Elavon has been an early supporter of mobile payments, and Canadians continue to demonstrate their interest in adopting new payment technologies. By using Android Pay, Canadians can leave their credit cards at home, tap to pay with their mobile device at their favourite merchants, and know that those transactions are processed on systems with multiple layers of security.”
In addition to Canada, Elavon offers Android Pay acceptance in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Poland and it continues to support Android Pay as it rolls out globally. View a video about Android Pay in Canada to learn more.
For more information on Elavon’s leading payment services in Canada, please visit https://www.elavon.ca/.