Google to expand Android Pay services to UK

Google is set to expand its mobile payment service Android Pay.

Google to expand Android Pay services to UK

Google is set to expand its mobile payment service Android Pay to cardholders in the UK in the coming months, following its launch in the US in September 2015.

The system will initially be supported by a number of UK banks including HSBC, Lloyds, MBNA and M&S Bank.

Using Android Pay, consumers will be able to link their credit, debit, prepaid, commercial and small business cards with their Android smartphones to make payments in-store and within Android apps.

Customers can make their payment by holding their device near a payment terminal at any location that accepts MasterCard contactless payments.

Also, developers can use Android Pay for in-app payments across merchant sites via the simplify commerce and the MasterCard payment gateway.

Google has teamed with these MasterCard platforms in the US and UK to facilitate merchants to accept in-app payments securely from Android users.

Google senior director product management Pali Bhat said: “We’re excited to bring the simplicity and security of mobile payments to MasterCard customers with Android Pay. Soon, people will be able to use their Android device to pay at the hundreds of thousands of contactless payment terminals in the UK.”