Android Pay is coming to the UK, Google’s first market in Europe, in coming months
Now signing up 1.5 million users each week in the U.S., Android Pay, Google’s payment platform and mobile wallet for Android devices and apps, is now coming to the UK, with dozens of partners including banks, physical retailers, apps and payment platforms in tow. Google is not giving an exact date for the launch except to note that it will be “in the next few months.” This is Google’s first market in Europe, and it looks like it’s the second outside of the U.S., after Google announced the launch of Android Pay in Australia in December.
For context, Apple Pay launched in the UK last year, and Samsung has said that its own-brand mobile wallet will be coming to the UK this year. People had been noticing hints of Android Pay’s imminent UK plans, but this is the first official confirmation from the company.
In a sense, considering that Apple made an earlier move to turn on Apple Pay here, and banks like Barclays have put in legwork to build their own mobile wallets…
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