Following in the footsteps of Apple’s so far successful mobile pay facility, Google has confirmed that Android Pay is set to be welcomed to the UK ‘soon’ after originally claiming the app would be launching in March.
Google’s senior director of product management, Pali Bhat, revealed that deals are already in place with MBNA, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, First Direct, HSBC, Lloyds, Marks & Spencer, and Nationwide Building Society, it was announced.
At present there is no concrete date for the official unveiling for Android Pay, however, restaurant chain Pret A Manger did let slip a leak of sorts, when ‘Android Pay accepted here’ tags were pictured on their card machines. Nothing definitive is out there just yet though.
When discussing the release recently, Bhat said: “In the next few months Android smartphones will become even more useful with the launch of Android Pay. We’re bringing together payment networks, banks and retailers to help you pay simply and securely”.
“Android Pay will support MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from many of the UK’s major financial institutions,” he added.
Furthermore, Android Pay has recorded significant growth – a rate of 1.5 million registrations a month – since it was launched across the pond in the US in 2015.
Nationwide’s chief operating officer, Tony Prestedge, gave his thoughts on the new mobile pay app, stating: “Each month there are 19 million log-ins to our mobile banking app and our members make over seven million contactless payments totalling £56m.
“With Android Pay, Nationwide customers will have even greater choice in the way they purchase goods and services, highlighting the society’s commitment to finding new innovative ways to help members manage their money at a time, in a place and in a way which suits them.”
Will you be keen to see the release of Android Pay? We will of course be sure to keep you updated on any movements with Android Pay and the mobile commerce benefits that you may be able to incorporate into your business in the future.