Google to launch Android Pay in UK; will compete with Apple Pay

Alphabet Inc's Google unit said on Wednesday its one-touch payment app for Android devices, Android Pay, will be launching in the UK in the next few months.

By: Reuters | Published:March 23, 2016 4:48 pm
Google, Android, Android Pay, Alphabet, Apple Pay, UK, London, Apple, smartphones, cashless payment, technology, technology news Alphabet Inc’s Google unit said on Wednesday its one-touch payment app for Android devices, Android Pay, will be launching in the UK in the next few months. (Reuters)

Alphabet Inc’s Google unit said on Wednesday its one-touch payment app for Android devices, Android Pay, will be launching in the UK in the next few months.

Android Pay will support MasterCard Inc and Visa Inc credit and debit cards issued by UK banks such as Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Lloyds Bank and M&S Bank, the company said in a blog post.

Read: Google’s mobile payment service Android Pay launched in US

Commuters traveling around London will be able to pay using the app on the city’s buses, trains and the London Underground, Google said.

The payment platform will also be available at outlets such as supermarket chains Waitrose and Aldi, British sandwich chain Pret A Manger and pharmacy chain Boots.

Android Pay will compete with Apple Inc’s Apple Pay, which launched in the UK in July.

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