In a statement issued by the bank, ANZ confirmed that by mid-2016, its debit and credit cardholders in Australia will be able to use Android Pay to make secure purchases where contactless payments are accepted.

ANZ managing director, products and marketing, Matt Boss said that “Australians are already the highest users of contactless payments in the world and given the dominance of Android in the local smartphone market, it made sense for us to partner with Google on the introduction of Android Pay into Australia.”

According to the ANZ statement, more than 60 per cent of all card transactions in Australia are contactless.

“Android Pay will provide our customers with a quick and secure way to make payments with their smartphone and we think it will have strong uptake given the ability to incorporate additional features such as gift and loyalty cards,” Mr Boss said.

ANZ also confirmed it will launch its own mobile wallet for Android in the first quarter of 2016.

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