Google announces Android Pay launching in the UK in the coming months

Google is late to bring Android Pay to the UK.

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After launching Android Pay in the US six months ago, Google plans to launch the mobile payment service in the UK.

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Google detailed in a blog post on Wednesday that Android Pay will be available in the UK in "the next few months" with several major British banking partners on board, including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society.

The UK's Barclays, RBS, and Natwest are absent from the list. Google says new banks are being added "all the time." Several retailers like Boots, Costa Coffee, Waitrose, and more have partnered with Android Pay for its launch in the UK.

In the US, Google says Android Pay is growing at 1.5 million new registrations each month, up against Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and other mobile payment solutions.

Mobile payment adoption has grown in Europe at a faster rate, thanks to its network of contactless card readers. Android Pay works similar to its competitors, allowing you to add your debit and credit cards to pay by tapping your phone against a reader.

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