Apple Pay expands in apparel; Google sets Android Pay launch

As another apparel retailer joined the ranks of stores accepting Apple Pay, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is set to officially launch Android Pay this week at the company's annual I/O developer conference.

Specialty apparel and accessories retailer Express said last week it would now accept Apple Pay at its U.S. retail and factory outlet locations. Apparel retailers have been slow to sign up for Apple Pay, but Express joins chains like Bloomingdales, Cole Haan and American Eagle, with Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie planning to start accepting Apple Pay soon, according to 9 To 5 Mac.

Grocery retailer Trader Joe's signed on earlier this month, while Home Depot and Alibaba are interested in adding the payment system. Best Buy joined in April.

"We are excited to launch Apple Pay in all of our stores" said David Kornberg, president and CEO, Express, in a press statement. "Our focus is always on improving the customer experience. Providing convenient solutions such as Apple Pay via the increasingly important mobile device, allows us to do just that."

Apple Pay has also been adding to its list of banks and credit unions. Pymnts.com lists over 30 institutions in the current roster, including 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Centennial Bank and First Premier Bank.

Meanwhile, Google is set to announce the expected rollout of Android Pay, which will compete on some Android devices with Samsung Pay. The company first announced it at the Mobile World Congress in March, reported Pymnts.com.

Among the features reported by Ars Techica earlier this year: Android Pay will allow companies to add a mobile payments option to their apps, to which users can upload credit card or debit card information. By doing so, payments become single-tap transactions within the app.

In addition, a company adopting Android Pay can allow tap-to-pay transactions in brick-and-mortar stores. This function relies on Google's Host Card Emulation, which makes it easier for third-party apps to take advantage of Android phones' NFC chips.

In contrast to Google Wallet, Android Pay will be "built from the ground up" for Android developers, using HCE.

For more:
-See this 9 To 5 Mac article
-See this Express press release
-See this Pymnts.com article and another
-See this Ars Technica article

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