Here’s when Google’s Android Pay will finally arrive in the UK

It’s already live in the United States, and now it’s headed to humble Blighty too.

Google is planning to launch Android Pay in the United Kingdom at as soon as next month, a new report claims.

According to the Telegraph, which cites ‘industry sources’, the mobile payment platform will arrive in Britain at the end of March.

Roughly half of the UK’s smartphones run on Android, so it’s a service that will be available to a huge chunk of Brits.

Android Pay

It’s a similar technology to Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment solution that’s only available for those with iOS devices – like the iPhone 6S.

With Android Pay, you’ll load in credit card details – Visa or MasterCard, for instance – and pay at shop till terminals using near-field communication (NFC).

It’s the same basic technology that powers contactless debit and credit cards, a payment method that’s seen significant uptake in recent times.

It’s also worth noting that Londoners will be able to access the capital’s tube network using Android Pay in the same way you would with a contactless card.

Related: Android Pay vs Apple Pay

Unfortunately, Google has yet to officially confirm this supposedly planned launch window, so take this report with a pinch of salt.

However, we wouldn’t be surprised about a launch; Apple Pay is becoming increasingly popular, and Samsung Pay is also on the way.


Would you use Android Pay? Tell us why – or why not – in the comments below.

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