There’s really no shortage of mobile payment services so you can really take your pick. Google stepped into this arena with Android Pay last year. The service isn’t available in all major markets yet but according to a new report, the Android Pay UK launch is going to take place by the end of next month. Rival payments service Apple Pay is already live in the United Kingdom.
Citing industry sources, The Telegraph reports that Google is going to announce that Android Pay is available in the United Kingdom at the next of March 2016. It should expect an uptick in usage since Android smartphones account for more than half of the smartphones sold in the United Kingdom.
Android Pay works in a manner similar to Apple Pay. The service can only be used at merchants who have a terminal that accepts NFC payments. Credit and debit cards can be configured in the app and brought up quickly when it’s time to pay, only a tap on the fingerprint sensor is needed to authorize the payment.
Both Android Pay and Apple Pay are at a disadvantage to Samsung Pay which is due to go live in the United Kingdom later this year. It supports MST or Magnetic Secure Transmission as well which means that Samsung Pay can be used to make effortless mobile payments at almost all merchants that have a conventional credit or debit card machine.