Google has announced that Android Pay will be making its way to us Brits across the pond in the next few months.
Although it’s great being firmly on team Android, it’s not been easy for many loyal ‘Droiders to resist turning green with envy at the sight of Apple Pay logo on checkouts around the country. But there’s now a reason to rejoice with Google’s announcement that Android Pay will be launching in the UK “in the next few months”.
Already a hit in the US since last September, Android Pay lets you pay for things using your phone wherever contactless payment is accepted, which includes places like Starbucks, Costa, Boots, and Aldi. It also functions as a digital wallet, letting you use your Android Pay account to pay for stuff in third-party apps like JD Sports, Zara and Deliveroo.
To get started with Android Pay, you’ll need to link a compatible Mastercard, Visa credit or debit card to the app on your phone. Currently, the service supports bank accounts with Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society.
Once your account is set up, you can then proceed to pay for stuff just by whipping out your phone and hovering it over the payment terminal in shops – something you might have already been doing if your bank card is contactless, except now you don’t even have to fumble around in your wallet or purse.
The one downer to the news is that one of the UK’s major banks, Barclays, won’t be jumping on the Android Pay train. A Barclays spokesperson told Tech Radar, “At this stage we are not planning on participating in Android Pay in the UK.” Instead, Barclays will put a bigger focus on its Barclaycard Android app, which lets customers pay contactless without needing Android pay.
- Story via: Engadget