Google rolls out Android Pay in UK

Tech giant Google has launched its contactless payment service Android Pay in the UK, its first launch outside the US.

Google rolls out Android Pay in UK

Back in March, Google said the UK version of the app would support several banks, including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society.

Only those Smartphones running Android 4.4 or higher and equipped an NFC chip will be able to use the service.

Android Pay will let users make payments under £30 without unlocking their phone. For higher amounts, the user must enter their security code, fingerprint or lock pattern.

Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards will work with the app. American Express is not yet included, though it’s available in the US.

Barclays’ customers will not be able to use Android Pay because the lender is set to launch its own mobile payments app for Android phone users next month.

Google also revealed plans to launch Android Pay in Singapore and Australia soon.