Android Pay coming to the UK “in the next few months”

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Google has today announced that Android Pay will be coming to the UK “in the next few months”. Android Pay will support MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from many of the UK’s major financial institutions — including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society — with new banks being added all the time.

Google first unveiled Android Pay last May. Four months later it began to roll out Android Pay across the US. The launch occurred gradually, and Google said it had plans to continue expanding it as well as add more features, banks, and stores.

When you shop at a merchant, Android Pay doesn’t send your actual credit or debit card information with your payment. That’s because Android Pay uses a unique virtual account number to represent your card instead of sharing your card information with retailers. You must enter the PIN, password, or pattern to unlock the phone screen prior to using the app. And if your phone is lost or stolen, you can use Android Device Manager to remotely lock your phone, change your password or erase your info.

Users will be able to use Android Pay everywhere contactless payments are accepted, including your favorite places at which to shop and eat every day, such as Boots, Costa Coffee, Waitrose, and more.

You can also tap and pay as you go across London on the Tube, buses and trains, using Android Pay with Transport for London (TfL).

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Android Pay will help you speed through checkout within your favorite apps including JD Sports, Deliveroo, YPlan, and more. Say goodbye to entering your payment or address details every time you want to shop.

Android Pay has been growing steadily in the US with 1.5 million new registrations happening each month. You can now tap and pay in millions of physical locations, including Best Buy, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, and Rubio’s in addition to using Android Pay in more apps like Eat24, Eventbrite, and Ticketmaster.

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