24 January 2017
Google has officially announced the arrival of Android Pay to the UK. The contactless mobile payment service from Google was launched last year in the US and since then, Google is working on expanding it to different countries to compete with rivals like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.
Google has partnered with various UK banks like Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Halifax, First Direct, Llyods Bank, M&S Bank, and much more. If you wish to use Android Pay for making payments without carrying out your credit/debit card everywhere, you simply need to add your card from any of the supported banks to Android Pay app. You also need to have an NFC-enabled smartphone so that you can complete transactions with a simple tap.
Other than using Android Pay at physical stores and restaurants, you will also be able to use it for making purchases through different apps like YPlan, JDSports, and Deliveroo. Google also has plans for launching Android Pay Day in the UK. As part of it, Google shows special offers from its partners right before the last week from your pay day. In the initial phase, Google has partnered with Deliveroo and Starbucks UK for offering deals on Android Pay Day.
Google further announced that it would be bringing Android Pay to Singapore and Australia in the future.