How to use Android Pay before it’s officially released

Android Pay

Android Pay may not be making an appearance until September 16th, at least officially, but one video has surfaced showing that actually everything you need to get Android Pay working is already in place and it works just fine.

This guy has published a video showing Android Pay being used at multiple stores:

Despite Android Pay not existing as its own standalone APK just yet, Google Play Services 8.1.03 laid the groundwork for the functionality and the Android Pay activity is just hidden away inside. You can reveal hidden activities using something like Nova Launcher, or even this app which specifically will help you.

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You’ll obviously need the latest version of Google Play Services, which differs depending on what class of device you have:

[alert color=”green”]To figure out the right version of Google Play services for your Android device, go to Settings -> Apps -> Google Play services, and look at the last 3 numbers in the parentheses.

You’ll see something like -XYZ where:

* X defines Android version: 0 for Android = 6.0 after 7 for Android 5.0 8 for Android TV

* Y defines CPU architecture: 1 for armeabi 3 for armeabi-v7a 4 for arm64-v8a 7 for x86

* Z defines DPI: 0 for universal 2 for 160 4 for 240 6 for 320 8 for 480[/alert]

If you’ve found the necessary APK you need to get Android Pay working, then go ahead and download it and sideload it onto your device. Once you’ve done so, simply launch the Android Pay activity from within Google Play Services (using those apps we mentioned above) and there you go; Google will walk you through the rest.

Drop us a comment below if this worked for you and if you’ve had luck paying with your Android Pay registered cards in store.

Via: Phandroid

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