Google’s week: Android Pay US launch, women in tech support, Android Wear iOS app

Google has had a quiet week, understandable given that Apple has been in the limelight with the launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and the iPad Pro.

However, the firm did launch Android Pay in the US, helped launch a mentorship programme to support women in technology and revealed plans to increase the production of its driverless car.

Android Pay goes live in one million US locations

Android Pay in Android M on the Google Nexus 6

Google launched Android Pay in the US to take on Apple Pay, with the service rolling out to one million locations and growing.

Android Pay will be available on US smartphones running Android 4.4 Kitkat or above and with an NFC chip. Four major payment networks are supporting the rollout of Android Pay – American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa – which are also partners of Apple Pay.

Girls in Tech UK Mentorship Programme launches with support from Google


Google aided the launch of the Girls in Tech UK Mentorship Programme which aims to support women already working in the technology industry to progress with the support of mentors from the upper echelons of the sector.

Sarah Drinkwater, head of Google Campus, will be one of the mentors and will help work on driving diversity in the male-heavy technology world.

Apple Watch has nothing to fear from Google’s Android Wear for iOS infiltration attempt

Android Wear for iOSAnalysts were sceptical about the potential impact of Google’s Android Wear for iOS app on Apple in the wearables market noting that, while it may tempt a few iPhone owners to use an Android smartwatch, most would not be swayed.

Google plans to boost the production of driverless cars

Driverless car in the USA

The Guardian reported that Google revealed plans to increase the production of its prototype driverless cars, with the potential to aim for mass production.

Google has already revealed Google Auto, a division dedicated to the production of autonomous cars without steering wheels or pedals.

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