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American Express adds Android Pay support in the UK

It's been a while since we've had any good UK related Android Pay news, the last tidbit being the addition of Metro Bank to the service back in February. You may have seen that American Express got Android Pay support in Canada recently, something I was more than a little bit jealous of as I've been waiting to have my Amex on my phone for ages now. Finally, my calls have been answered, and Amex cards now work with Google's mobile payments app here in the UK.

This makes me happy.

I didn't get a notification about this, which I might have expected given my Amex card is set up in my Google account.

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American Express is now supported by Android Pay in Canada

Android Pay has barely been available in Canada for a month, but it already has a good selection of debit and credit cards signed up to use the service. The latest to get on board is American Express, adding the first card that isn't a MasterCard or Visa to Android Pay in the country.

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Amex Mobile Gets A Fresh Coat Of Paint To Put Spotlight On Rewards And Benefits, Possibly Hurt Your Eyes

Amex Mobile, the Android app for American Express cardholders, has received an update to v5.0 that includes a major redesign. Substantively speaking, this adds focus to benefits and rewards along with making statements viewable as an activity timeline.

While a new look is always welcome, for many it might be a bit of a letdown. Amex is marching to the beat of their own drum, with an interface that is both too big and too small at the same time, somewhat unintuitive, and at the least very out of place in comparison to the typical Android UI.

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But before piling on too much, let's look at where it came from.

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Sprint Offering $100 Amex Giftcard With All Online Smartphone Purchases Until August 26th (Requires New Line)

Everyone likes "free" money, and Sprint is looking to take advantage of our human nature with its latest deal: buy any smartphone and add a new line of service, get a $100 Amex giftcard. It's not exactly free money, per se, but it is a nice incentive, especially if you've been considering adding a second line anyway.

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As the ad above states, this deal is available for any smartphone (as long as you order it online). You know what that means? That it also works by pre-ordering the upcoming Motorola Photon Q. So if you planned on grabbing a Q and adding a new line for your sister/mother/brother/uncle/dog/self, then now's probably the time to jump on that.

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