Google has announced that it will bring Android Pay to the UK “in the next few months”. The service, which launched in the US last September, is essentially Apple Pay for Android users, allowing you to buy goods with an NFC-equipped device running Android 4.4 or higher, rather than a credit or debit card.
As it’s a contactless service, you won’t be able to use your phone to pay for stuff through an old-school payment terminal, no matter how hard to try to ram it inside the card slot. You will, however, be able to use Android Pay to travel on London’s Tube, bus and train networks, and to purchase stuff through apps.
Google says that Android Pay will support both MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards, and that Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society are all on board. There are some big names missing from that list, including American Express, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander, though Google says it will add more banks constantly. [Android Blog]