Businesses across six markets can now accept contactless payments via Android devices, as part of Stripe’s Tap to Pay expansion.
This push opens more opportunities for merchants, and according to TechCrunch, Stripe is “the only payments company providing Tap to Pay on Android currently.”
“Stripe’s launch of Tap to Pay on Android puts contactless payments hardware into the pockets of millions of businesses around the world,” said John Affaki, Stripe’s Terminal Business Lead.
As a feature of Stripe Terminal, Tap to Pay offers an alternative to card readers. It’s currently live in six markets—Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the U.S., and the UK. Its transactions are supported via mobile payments such as Google Pay, as well as American Express, Visa, and Mastercard.
Last year, Stripe partnered with Apple to offer Tap to Pay, enabling businesses to scale their operations. It converts any iOS device into a payment initiating or payment processing terminal. As of last year, this feature was only available within the US market.
Tapping Into Android Users
With millions of Android users worldwide, businesses can accommodate consumers with Android devices more easily.
Since the pandemic, contactless payments have seen an increase in demand. Currently, 20% of all in-person debit and credit card payments are contactless in the U.S. alone. As contactless payment demand continues to grow, businesses, regardless of size, must be equipped to accept this form of payment.