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Google Pay coming to the UK

Google Pay coming to the UK

(29 March 2016 – United Kingdom) Google has announced, via its Android blog, details on the arrival of Android Pay in the UK, and revealing the banks that will initially support the service.

The technology giant has yet to solidify a release date, stating that it is expected in the UK "in the next few months."

Rumours had been circulating that the service will be available by the end of March, however a Google spokesperson said that was not the case.

Android Pay will be accepted everywhere contactless payments are, including shops, restaurants and Transport for London services, but it won't be available to everyone at launch.

Google announced Android Pay will available for anyone with MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from the following banks: Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society.

However, customers of banks such as NatWest, Santander, Barclays, Post Office Money, Sainsbury's Bank, Tesco Bank, Harrods Bank and the Co-operative Bank will not enjoy that access at launch.

In the blog post, Google highlights that additional banks will be "added all the time".

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