Android Pay Launches in the UK

Google finally launches tap-to-pay contactless smartphone payments, so millions more people will be able to pay for many things through their smartphones.

The UK is the first country outside the US to have Android Pay, and the system rivals Apple Pay, which was launched by the iPhone maker in the UK in July last year.
In order to get Android Pay up-and-running, you’ll need to connect a Visa or debit card to the Android Pay app. Google has confirmed that more banks will be added in the future, but the banks that are supported by Android Pay at launch include:
  • Bank of Scotland
  • first direct
  • Halifax
  • HSBC
  • Lloyds
  • M&S Bank
  • MBNA
  • Nationwide
Pali Bhat, Google’s senior director of product management, said: “Security is at the centre of Android Pay. With industry standard tokenisation, Android Pay doesn’t send merchants your real card number when you purchase.”
The system will work on any Android smartphone with near-field communication (NFC) technology built in and at least version 4.4 of the Android operating system. This means that most Android devices released in the last two years are compatible.