Starbucks pushes out Android app, prepping mobile payments at Safeway

Starbucks pushes out Android app, prepping mobile payments at Safeway

Summary: Starbucks' mobile payment app has already been embraced by many iPhone users, and now Android smartphone owners are finally getting a crack at paying for a frappuccino with their phones.

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Starbucks' mobile payment app has already been embraced by many iPhone users, and now Android smartphone owners are finally getting a crack at paying for a frappuccino with their phones.

Anyone who is even remotely familiar with the iOS version won't be too surprised with the Android edition as it looks and works exactly the same.

Users can tether a gift card to a credit card for autoload or choose to reload funds to the gift card manually. That gift card info is entered into the app, and then a barcode appears on the display to be scanned at Starbucks registers when paying for coffee, pastries or those delicious turkey bacon on English muffin breakfast sandwiches. Other little features include finding the closest Starbucks using the phone's built-in GPS function and checking Starbucks Rewards points.

The Starbucks for Android app is available to download from the Android Market now for free. The only other hardware requirement is that the smartphone needs to be running Android 2.1 or higher.

Starbucks is expanding support for the mobile payment app to its locations in 1,000 Safeway stores nationwide. Patrons can already pay with the app at 6,800 standalone U.S. Starbucks locations and over 1,000 Starbucks cafes inside Target stores.

Personally, I love this app as it's so convenient. I'm usually checking email or Facebook on my iPhone while waiting in line anyway. It's much simpler to pay with this app when my phone is already out and ready to go than fiddling around in my bag looking for my wallet while everyone behind me is waiting for me to hurry up. Apparently I'm not alone either as one in five transactions in U.S. Starbucks cafes are paid for using the Starbucks mobile app.

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  • RE: Starbucks pushes out Android app, prepping mobile payments at Safeway

    I really don't see how this is a large benefit. If it takes you so long to get out and swipe a check card that people behind you get impatient, perhaps you have some other problems.
    Aerowind
    • Uhm, have you never used a branded debit card?

      @Aerowind "I really don't see how this is a large benefit."<br><br>Simple. Because Starbucks cards offer a range of perks. I think you get a free beverage after buying X (something like 8 or 10, but free is free), plus you get a free beverage on your birthday. Check the website for details.<br><br>In my case, I use their card because it saves on fees at CoinStar coin-counting machines. Many CoinStar locations offer a no-charge 'Gift Card' option...100% of my spare change goes right onto my Starbucks card.
      Justa Notherguy
  • Android

    Oh Android, always late to the smartphone party... name one app that's on Android that everyone wants?!
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Starbucks pushes out Android app, prepping mobile payments at Safeway

      @Hasam1991 "name one app that's on Android that everyone wants?!"<br><br>Easy.<br><br>The answer is: just about every app that's not allowed in Apple's App Store, plus the long list of apps you can't install on an iPhone without jailbreaking. <br><br>Every one of them has an (roughly equal or better) Android equivalent and most can be installed on stock Android phones, without resorting to mods.
      Justa Notherguy
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  • RE: Starbucks pushes out Android app, prepping mobile payments at Safeway

    "one in five transactions in U.S. Starbucks cafes are paid for using the Starbucks mobile app."

    Really? i don't think one in five people standing in a Starbucks even has an iPhone. Maybe 1:5 have a Starbucks account, but I find that hard to believe.

    One in five paying against a Starbucks account are using the app? That would be astonishing, but plausible.
    ClarenceD
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