Android Pay comes to the UK
Google’s mobile payments service looks like it is coming to the UK, alongside all the other things that exist where you can pay for things with your phone. Obviously, Apple have the most famous one, but these have been around for quite a while now, from a host of companies.
Either way, Android Pay is on the way, and should be available within the next few weeks.
Like the other apps, Android Pay lefts you waft your phone near a reader, so you can buy items under a certain amount.
It has been taken up, as a service, overseas, with over a million shops in America having the relevant readers for the Android digital wallet. Obviously, like the other services, you upload your credit and debit card info to the app, and you can use it instead of coins.
With over half (54.2%) of mobiles sold in the UK using the Android OS, the UK is a good market for Google to utilise. One of the good things about the Android service, is that it will work on a number of older handsets. In America, 7 out of 10 Android phones are suitably equipped to work with Android Pay.
Contactless payments are being keenly adopted by consumers in the UK, so Google could see some success with this. Apple's offering has been taken up well, so this could be their biggest challenger yet. For old fogeys, don't worry, you'll still be able to pay for things with money if you want to.