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Confusion as Google fluffs lines over Android Pay UK launch

UPDATE: Google has apparently deleted its original tweet from the Android account stating Android Pay was “now available in the UK.” A new tweet (below) posted late Tuesday says the roll out is “not quite there yet.”

The firm has advised users to continue checking.

https://twitter.com/statuses/732663102945296384

Original story continues below…

Somewhat ahead of schedule, Google has confirmed the Android Pay mobile payments service is now available in the UK.

Ahead of a presumed announcement on Wednesday morning, a tweet posted from the official @Android account encouraged Brits to download the Android Pay app from Google Play.

Despite the announcement, it’s not clear whether Brits are immediately able to start making payments with Android Pay.

One TrustedReviews reporter has been unable to download the app from Google Play with the page showing it as “unavailable in your country.”

Perhaps the tweet from the Android account is a little premature? At the very least, it’s Google confirming the service will arrive imminently.

We’ve reached out to Google for clarification.

Android Pay’s arrival in the UK was first announced in March, with the company confirming Visa and Mastercard holders with Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society among those able to use the service wherever contactless payments are catered for.

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