Android users seething over Apple's sudden success with Apple Pay might get some good news this spring: If the tip received by Ars Technica
turns out to be true, an upgraded tap-and-pay solution called Android Pay will be announced at this year's Google I/O developer conference.
The big innovation that Android Pay will bring to the current Google Wallet is an API enabling the user to access Wallet from within any app that supports it. For example, if you were redeeming a coupon from the 7-Eleven app
you could pay for the entire purchase with Google Wallet, without
leaving the 7-Eleven app.
Android Pay has been partly made possible by Google's recent acquisition of SoftCard, a failed mobile payment system
created by a partnership of US carriers. And no doubt some of it has to do with the looming spectre of Apple Pay, even though some Android users—at least in the USA—have been able to tap and pay with Google Wallet for years. An added bonus of the SoftCard deal is that Wallet/Android Pay may see a wider release on carrier-branded phones