The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to digital transactions and people increasingly prefer making contactless payments via their smart devices. High smartphone penetration has also helped adoption rates.
The Google Wallet app stores a consumer’s credit or debit card information and allows shoppers to pay for goods by tapping their phone against a retail store’s point of sale at the checkout counter.
They will then be able to pay with their Android phones or use OS devices where contactless payments are accepted.
Last year, rival Apple Inc launched its Apple Pay mobile payment system in South Africa.
Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by Anait Miridzhanian and Jan Harvey