Following the launch of Apple Pay here in the UK some time ago, Google’s operating system, Android, has now followed suit bringing Android Pay to the masses.
Much like Apple Pay, Android Pay replaces Google Wallet and acts as a contactless card letting you pay for goods and services under £30 using your smartphone (with NFC) and fingerprint (if your phone supports it), it also supports certain loyalty cards and gift cards too so there’ll be no need to clog your wallet full of plastic.
Presumably, like Apple Pay, you’ll be able to use Android Pay at most contactless terminals, though not all merchants may be familiar with Android Pay just yet.
Also, as the feature has just launched, only a few banks are currently supporting Android Pay, including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide, but more are expected to adopt the contactless system in the comping months.
Android Pay is also pretty secure too, “by creating a unique virtual account number for your transaction, your name and full card details are never shown in the app, never stored on your phone, and never shared with the merchant,” Google said.
Getting set up seems pretty simple too:
— Android (@Android) May 18, 2016
Hopefully over the coming months more merchants will accept Android Pay as well as more banks supporting the contactless payment system.