Android Pay to arrive in UK over next few months


The mobile contactless payment service has already been available in the US since September

Google has confirmed Android Pay will be available throughout the UK in the next few months.

Android Pay allows users to make contactless transactions by simply tapping their phone on any contactless terminal. It will be supported at any retailer and restaurant, as well as the London Underground, who accepts contactless.

The function will be available on any device running Android 4.4 or higher and fitted with an NFC chip. Android Pay has been available in the US since September. Google plans to expand the service to Australia by the end of June.

Users who wish to use Android Pay must store their card details within an app and provide a fingerprint or pass code to authorise a payment. MasterCard and Visa cards issued by Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide will be supported. The maximum limit for contactless transactions currently stands at £30.

Apple launched a similar service called Apple Pay. The initial launch was only available in the US from October 2014, with UK availability being added in July 2015. It is now available in Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Spain.