Android Pay is strictly a mobile-only payment platform at this point in time but Google isn’t ruling out the possibility of enabling users to make payments on desktop machines using Android Pay. This was revealed by Spencer Spinnell, Google’s director fo emerging platforms, during a press conference in which the company announced the launch of Android Pay in Canada. Spinnell said that Google aims to eventually enable Android Pay users to use this service for desktop browser payments as well.
Spinnell mentioned that a lot of work is going on with the standards body, the WC3, and that they’ve partnered on an open standard called Payment Request.
“We absolutely want to bring seamless transactions to chrome and frankly to all browsers,” Spinnell told reporters, adding that in the future, an Android Pay user will effectively be able to use their credential everywhere, regardless of whether it’s a desktop or mobile device.
At this point in time, though, Google is “very focused on the mobile context,” he said. So it seems that Android Pay is going to remain a mobile-only payment platform in the short term but Google is working behind-the-scenes to eventually enable users to rely on Android Pay for desktop payments as well.
It’s too soon to say right now when that’s going to happen since the company itself is not providing a timeframe for desktop compatibility.