Andriod Pay to launch in UK


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.

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A man uses a smartphone loaded with Google Wallet at the National Retail Federation in New York. File picture: Mark Lennihan

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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