It’s a cold morning in Hong Kong’s central business district. You need your pick-me up drink but you don’t have cash. Are you ready to order a fresh cup of espresso using your smartphone?
Android Pay has been launched in Hong Kong this week. It seems that the mobile wallet scene has been a trend in the city. Apple rolled out Apple Pay in Q3 introducing a convenient and innovative way to purchase products and pay for services.
Google now answers as it released Android Pay in Hong Kong to more than 5,000 establishments. Android Pay was previously released in Australia and Singapore. It aims to bring the convenience of cashless transactions in Hong Kong as well
Where Can HongKongers Use Android Pay?
Android Pay is starting strong as it rolls out in a number of business establishments. It’s a convenient means to pay if you are doing the groceries, having a takeout meal for dinner, or if you just want a quick cup of coffee.
Google Hong Kong says that Hongkongers are fond of using their smartphones. It’s reported that 79% of the city’s population own a phone. Leonie Valentine, Managing Director of Sales and Operations for Google HK, says that Hongkongers are one of the fastest adopters when it comes to the latest digital and mobile technology.
Android users can now install the Android Pay app. Hongkongers can now buy products in the city such as McDonald’s, Maxim’s Cakes, Pacific Coffee, 7-Eleven, Circle K, and Watsons among others. The great thing about Android Pay is that it has partnered with other apps as well. Users can use Android Pay when they pay for services on Uber, Klook, and Deliveroo.
Bank Partners are Offering Incentives
Android users in Hong Kong can use the system connected with Mastercard of Visa as issued by banks like Standard Chartered, HSBC, and Hang Seng Bank to name a few. Users can add as credit card accounts without any limit. It gives them the option to choose which card to charge in order to pay for product or service via Android Pay.
Here are the incentives that are being offered by Android Pay’s partners:
Users can enjoy a HK$30 cash rebate once they complete 3 retail or in-app transactions using a Standard Chartered credit card via Android Pay.
Bank of East Asia
Credit card holders who use Android Pay will receive 5,000 bonus points in October.
HSBC’s card holders can receive up to extra HK$250 Reward Cash using Android Pay
DBS Hong Kong
DBS HK credit card holders will enjoy a 50% rebated upon spending HK$500 on their purchases at Watsons and ParknShop.
Heng Seng Bank
Card holders who will connect their MasterCard or Visa card to Android Pay will receive a $20 cash dollar reward in October.