News: Mobile payments solution will support cards from major UK banks including HSBC and First Direct.
Android Pay is set to hit the UK in the next few months, Google has confirmed.
Google did not provide a specific release date, but confirmed that Android Pay will support MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from major financial institutions.
These include Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society.
Google says that it has teamed up with leading payment platforms, processors and technology providers to make it easier to accept Android Pay.
The mobile payments solution will be available on all NFC-enabled Android devices running KitKat 4.4 and above.
Like its major rival, Apple Pay, Android Pay uses tokenisation, meaning that real credit and debit cards are not sent with the payments, but a virtual account number.
The technology will work anywhere that contactless payment is available now.
Google’s payment solution has already been launched in the US, with Google stating that 1.5 million new registrations are happening per month.
It comes to the UK some way behind Apple Pay, which was launched in the UK in July 2015.
Samsung’s proprietary mobile payment solution, Samsung Pay, is also slated for a 2016 launch.
Pali Bhat, Senior Director of Product Management at Google, wrote that "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."