Just before Google I/O kicks off tonight we are all eagerly anticipating Android Pay here in the UK and it is being dangled temptingly however we just cannot get it yet. Checking Google Play shows that the banking app is there however users are either far unable to download the app from the Google Play store with a message stating ‘This item is not available in your country’ or no compatible devices are listed. We are eagerly awaiting the real Go Live and hopefully any delay is just for a final bug fix or security brush up.
Android Pay will be a new simple and safe way to pay with your Android phone at many stores around the UK and within mobile apps. Android Pay will support MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from many of the UK’s banks and building societies including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society. Several retailers have signed up to Android Pay and should be usable anywhere contactless payments are accepted, including Boots, Costa, KFC, Starbucks, and other retailers. Travel on the the Transport for London system will also make Android Pay available to the Tube, buses and trains around London.