Andriod Pay to launch in UK

IOL pic sept11 Google Android Mobile Payment AP A man uses a smartphone loaded with Google Wallet at the National Retail Federation in New York. File picture: Mark Lennihan

London - Alphabet’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 and Visa 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.

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

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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’s Apple Pay, which launched in the UK in July.

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