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Google Donates Around $1 Million On Education In Android Pay Charity Campaign

Dec 03, 2015 09:38 PM EST

Google announced a Charity Campaign for the U.S. Education system to donate up to $1 Million to Education projects through Android Pay Apps. The company said this is the first time that Google will work with DonorsChoose.org on a mobile payments Campaign.

A few years ago, the company's own Google Dot Org launched an android app called One Today, which is also supported in this new charitable project. This app still supports mobile giving the project, according to TechCrunch.

Android Pay is an NFC-based payment solution application that's available for high-end android devices. It allows consumers to Click to Pay at point-of-sale. This Android Pay application is already supported at a number of retailers, including AT&T, Aeropostale, Bloomingdale's, BJs, Babies "R" Us and Toys "R" Us, Express, GameStop, Office Depot, Macy's, Sports Authority, Staples, Whole Foods, Walgreens and many more.

According to Google, it depends upon the purchase of Android Pay, starting from today, Google will donate $1 to $1 million. This fund will support the U.S. Education system for 6.4 million children. Google says it will make the double donation for every Android Pay purchase made on Black Friday, according to Engadget.

Google wants users to use this new payment system using their android smartphones, which requires a change in behavior. The Android Pay Charitable Campaign gives users to try to use Android Pay apps when they're doing a lot of shopping at retailers.

The Android Pay app is available here on Google Play and it works on the only NFC-enabled Android device which is running at least KitKat 4.4 or higher. Google.org has been supporting DonorsChoose.org projects and has donated $720,000 to support education projects across the country.

"Teachers spend nearly $500 out of their own pocket each year to outfit their classrooms with enriching projects and programs," said Sherice Torres, marketing director for Android Pay, in the blogpost.

Google says this campaign is part of a large philanthropic initiative with $20 million in grants from Google.org for organizations to help people with disabilities.  Android Pay supported American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Banks including Citibank and Capital One were on a growing list of financial companies planning to get on board.

In September 2015, Google hosted the Bay Area Makeathon to bring together users who understand disabilities with technologists, designers, and makers for the purpose of sharing ideas, designing prototypes and writing code to help the challenges of disabled people.

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