Android Pay has finally launched in the UK.
Google confirmed that it’s highly anticipated mobile payments platform will be available to use from today across a range of retailers as well as Transport for London. The announcement follows the launch of rival service Apple Pay, which landed in the UK a year ago.
Google’s new payments service has already received widespread support from a number of banks, with the notable exception of Barclays and Barclaycard who was also absent from the initial Apple Pay line-up. Instead the brand opted to launch its own range of payment wearables but eventually announced in April that it would accept Apple’s service.
Commenting on the launch of Android Pay Pali Bhat, senior director, product management, Google said: ‘Starting today, Android Pay is now available in the UK, one of the most advanced contactless nations in the world. Android Pay helps people pay for things simply and securely with their Android smartphones. This builds on the launch of Android Pay in the US last year, with new countries coming soon.’
Eyes on Samsung
The launch of Android Pay has thrown spotlight on the arrival of Samsung’s payment service, Samsung Pay. The feature has already hit South Korea and the US, with the manufacturer stating at the close of 2015 that it was extending its partnership with MasterCard to bring the service to Europe.