There have been whispers over the past couple of days that Google’s mobile payments service could finally be launched in the United Kingdom soon. The company today formally announced the launch of Android Pay across the pond. The service will enable Android users to easily and securely pay on-the-go using their mobile devices. Android Pay was first unveiled at the Google I/O conference last year and was soon released in the United States initially.
The United Kingdom is the first major international market for Android Pay. Google has said that with this launch it’s building up on the momentum from the U.S. launch and confirms that the service will be expanded to additional countries in the near future.
Customers in the United Kingdom will be able to use Android Pay everywhere contactless payments are accepted, including public transport. Users just need to tap their phone to the terminal and they’re good to go, as businesses that have contactless terminals don’t need additional hardware to be able to accept Android Pay.
To start using Android Pay on their device, users will first need to download the Android Pay app on their device and then add their eligible MasterCard or Visa debit or credit card from one of the supported banks in the country, including HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax, M&S Bank, and more. The list of supported banks will be expanded down the road.