Google Pay is preparing to launch in Israel by the end of 2021, following a deal reached by Israeli credit card company Isracard with Google to support payments made with its card via the mobile wallet, local media outlets report.
“These agreements, and those with other banks that are likely to follow, will allow users of the Google Pay digital wallet to make payments using their cellphone at stores with contactless EMV payment terminals,” according to The Jerusalem Post.
“Android users already have digital wallet solutions available from most major credit card issuers and banks, including Bank Hapoalim’s Bit and Bank Leumi’s Pepper.
“However, Google’s entry into the market will likely generate a further buzz and represent another tipping point for the technology’s adoption after Apple Pay’s launch.
“Approximately 70% of smartphones in Israel run on Google’s Android platform.”