Back in January, we talked a bit about the mobile payment solution that Starbucks was working on for its locations around the country. At the time, there were third party Android apps that you could use to pay with your mobile phone. We mentioned then that an official app was in the works. That official app has now landed called Starbucks for Android. You can grab the app on the Android market right now in version 1.0 form added this week.
Starbucks still says that the app is the fastest way to pay for your drinks in the store and if you have to get your coffee in the morning and are always late for work speed is good. The app can be loaded with money using a major credit card. Transaction history is still recorded and the app works at any of the company-owned Starbucks stores and in over 1000 Target locations with Starbucks drinks.
The app has some known limitations to be aware of. It only supports US Starbucks Cards. It does not support Starbucks Store Credit Cards or Duetto Cards. It will only work for domestic phones numbers for sure; international numbers may not consistently work. Only one Starbucks card can be loaded at a time, but there are instructions for reloading other cards. The app requires Android 2.1 and higher and is free.