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Starbucks payment app coming to Android phones, Safeway stores

Tuesday - 6/14/2011, 6:39pm  ET

Greg Otto, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - While it's already possible to grab a grande latte along with the rest of your grocery list, virtually everyone will soon be able to pay for coffee without opening their wallet.

Tech blog Mashable reports Starbucks will be rolling out an Android version of its payment app, and along with being integrated into Starbucks stores, it will be accepted at 1,000 Safeway supermarkets across the country.

A spokesperson for Safeway tells WTOP that every store in the Washington, D.C. area housing a Starbucks will be equipped to use the app.

The app, which is currently available for iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones, allows users to load a virtual Starbucks card account. A bar code is then scanned off user's phones when a purchase is made.

The application will be available on the Android Market July 15.

(Copyright 2011 by WTOP. All rights reserved.)