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Android Pay coming to the UK in next few months

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Android Pay coming to the UK in next few months

Android Pay – Google's digital payment method that lets you buy goods using your phone – is heading to the UK.

Google has said it will arrive on these shores "in the next few months". The service launched in the US in September.

Android Pay lets any phone running Android 4.4 KitKat or later and fitted with an NFC chip to make payments in the same way as a contactless card.

Banks and building societies including Lloyds Bank, HSBC and Nationwide have signed up to support Android Pay in the UK. However, Barclays, NatWest and Santander are conspicuous by their absence.

Barclays has no plans to sign up, instead choosing to plough its own furrow with its bPay platform (this consists of a wristband, key fob and sticker for your mobile phone that let you make contactless payments).

Santander and NatWest have confirmed they will support Android Pay, just not at launch.

Samsung has also announced that Samsung Pay will come to the UK this year.

Both services follow Apple Pay, which landed in Britain last July.

Contactless payments are rocketing at the moment. According to The UK Cards Association, over £1 billion was spent in the UK on contactless cards in January alone.

Source:

Official Android Blog, The UK Cards Association

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