McDonald’s Internal Memo Reveals Possible Android Pay Launch

August 24, 2015         By: Michael Cheng

A confidential McDonald’s memo suggests that Google’s Android Pay is due for an August 26 release. The note surfaced in multiple branches around the US.

The memo reads:

We are excited to announce that we will have two new mobile payment options in all restaurants in August 2015. Samsung Pay will launch on August 21 and Android Pay will launch on August 26. Service procedures are the same with Apple Pay; however, it is important that all managers and crew are aware of the change. Please use the Mobile Payment Crew Poster as a training refresher tool for the crew, and remind them they can find step-by-step directions at the POS by pressing the Mobile Wallet key on the tender menu screen.

Surprisingly, the memo also uncovers some conflicting information about the official launch date for Samsung Pay. The bulletin shows that the platform went live in August 21, which is incorrect. Many expect the mobile payments option to reach the US on September 28.

It is important to point out that the inaccurate date does hold some significance. Samsung released the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 Edge+ on that day. Both smartphone models are reportedly compatible with Samsung Pay.

If Android Pay does launch this week, Google will likely push out promos in selected cities to capitalize on the head start.

Like Apple Pay, Google’s new payments platform is easy to adopt. Merchants with NFC-enabled terminals can process wireless transactions effortlessly. For consumers, one must register with the app and link a card to initiate a mobile payment.

Users will also need to adhere to the establishment’s spending limits, if any.

“Android Pay will power in-app and tap-to-pay purchases on mobile devices,” mentioned Ben Popper from The Verge.