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Google Play Books Invites You to “Discover” a World of Reading
Monday, September 19, 2016
With more than 5 million books to read on the go, what will you discover next?
Google Play Books
is introducing Discover, a new way to find books by browsing the latest reviews, news, lists, videos and more.
Available in 75 countries on both iOS and Android and the web, Google Play Books is the world’s largest ebookstore and offers readers like you smart technology that caters to your lifestyle — where you can start reading a book on your tablet at
and pick up where you left off the next day from your smartphone, as well as easily
browse, skim, highlight and make notes
Discover launches today in the U.S. in the Google Play Books
app, and is coming soon to
. The feature is designed to enhance your reading experience even further by helping you discover new books and find what’s right for you with:
The best stories from around the web —
Is a book being made into a movie? Which novels does NPR recommend this fall? Discover identifies news, reviews, lists, and videos about books from trusted sources around the web, and brings them to readers in an easy to browse way.
A smart experience with personalized stories for you —
Google’s algorithms will surface just the right stories based on the books you read on Play Books. When you’re reading an article or watching a video, Discover automatically pulls out the books that are mentioned, so you can start reading a free sample or buy the book in just a few taps.
Weekly Highlights delivers a roundup of the best stories each week —
Short on time? Weekly Highlights is a digest delivered each week, showcasing a roundup of the most important news, reviews and videos of the week, so you are always up to date with the stories that everyone is talking about.
Google Play Editorial showcases today’s biggest authors and books —
With the launch of Discover we are introducing Google Play Editorial, where readers can find original articles, including
by favorite writers and
from some of the literary world’s leading voices.
Whether you’re looking for a
, or the latest
George R.R. Martin
novel, come explore Google Play Books and discover new stories.
Posted by Eric Stromberg, Product Manager, Google Play
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Tap. Pay. Yes! Android Pay Welcomes Chase and More
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Added 13 September: We’re pleased to update that Natwest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank are all launching on Android Pay in the UK today, with TSB coming soon!
Android Pay helps millions of people pay for things simply and securely with their Android smartphones. We’ve expanded to the UK, Singapore and Australia and added hundreds of new banks, enabling people to tap to pay at millions of stores – and in hundreds of apps, including recent order-ahead newcomers:
in the UK and
in the US.
Today, we're excited to share some updates:
More banks in the US and UK
It’s with great delight that we welcome Chase, one of the largest banks in the US, to the Android Pay family. Starting today, Android Chase customers can add their eligible Chase Visa cards like Freedom, Slate, Sapphire, United Mileage Explorer and Hyatt Credit Card to Android Pay. Customers will be able to enjoy the same benefits and protections they’re used to getting with their Chase card – while making contactless purchases in stores and apps. You can learn more about how to get started with Chase and Android Pay
a full list of all the banks supported in the US.
And across the pond in the UK, Santander and TSB customers and more will soon be able to add their cards to Android Pay. This rollout will start over the coming weeks – you can follow @Android on
to find out exactly when.
More value from your favorite merchants
We’ve also been working closely with our merchant partners to streamline the checkout experience and increase the value people get from Android Pay.
At Walgreens, we recently integrated their
Balance Rewards loyalty program with Android Pay
at more than 8,100 locations nationwide. Now, with
just two taps
at checkout, Walgreens customers paying with Android Pay can enjoy savings, earn and redeem loyalty points, and pay for their purchases. And there’s no need to even open the app – it’s smart enough to know when to pull up a customer’s Balance Rewards card and when to pay. We’re also thrilled to partner with Dunkin’ Donuts and Chili’s, who will both be integrating their loyalty programs with Android Pay in the coming months.
With Uber, we’re excited to be the first mobile wallet to deeply integrate with their new
program, which allows users to unlock timely discounts. Starting today through October 15th, all Android Pay users in the US can enjoy
50% off 10 Uber rides
.* No codes, no hassle – just use Android Pay on Uber to get your discounted rides.
More checkouts made simple
We’re moving beyond mobile apps and bringing the simplicity and security of Android Pay onto the mobile web. Users will soon be able to speed through mobile checkout on Chrome using Android Pay on sites like Groupon.com, 1-800-Flowers.com and many more to come. Just like in stores and in apps, Android Pay does not share actual account numbers with merchants, so users can shop online with confidence, knowing that Android Pay keeps their card number secure.
Groupon.com mobile checkout experience on Chrome coming soon
We’re looking forward to bringing Android Pay to more countries, more banks, and more of your favorite stores, sites, and apps. Stay tuned for more updates soon.
Posted by Pali Bhat, Global Head, Payments Products
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