We've been getting tips about this for months, but now it's finally happening. Google has announced on the official Android blog that Android Pay is coming to the UK, with major bank and retail support in tow. The post says, "in the next few months Android smartphones will become even more useful with the launch of Android Pay," meaning we don't know exactly when it's coming. But be assured it is. In fact, various people have been reporting that Nationwide cards have worked for payment since the start of this month, although we can't verify this.
The major banks mentioned include Lloyds Bank, HSBC, Nationwide, Halifax, and Bank of Scotland (although not Royal Bank of Scotland). Also missing are Santander, NatWest, and Barclays, although as they've got their own contactless solution this was to be expected.
In terms of retail support, we've got Greggs, KFC, Costa, Starbucks, Waitrose, Superdrug, and a handful of others. In time, this will probably expand, as has happened with Apple Pay. A big plus for the service is Transport for London support, meaning you can tap and pay as you take the Tube or a London bus, same as Apple users can.
There's also app support, meaning you don't have to enter your payment details every time you order things through apps such as Deliveroo, JD Sports, YPlan, and Takeaway.com.
We're not seeing Android Pay on the Play Store yet, but you can download it over on APK Mirror. We'll update if anything changes.
- Official Android Blog