It’s been a slow march forward, but making purchases online with your mobile device is getting easier and easier. Google has announced today that its mobile payments service, Android Pay, is getting support for Visa Checkout and MasterCard’s Masterpass on the web sometime early next year…

Per the announcement:

Android Pay users will soon be able to pay on hundreds of thousands of new sites where Visa Checkout or Masterpass are accepted using their preferred device authentication method – like fingerprint recognition. No longer will users have to remember multiple usernames and passwords in order to checkout, saving them time and hassle.

Basically, this means that you’ll be able to use Android Pay at far more online merchants, and you’ll be able to check out at these websites much quicker using your preferred authentication method.

If you’re a merchant and wondering how you can take advantage of the forthcoming Android Pay integration, Google has good news for you. The company says that the addition of Android Pay for the Visa Checkout or Masterpass buttons on your site will be added automatically.

Like I said, this is coming to an Android phone near you sometime in “early 2017”. Personally, I’m excited about this. The more merchants and payments solutions that integrate platforms like Apple Pay and Android Pay, the less of a hassle making purchases on mobile devices will be.

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