London has a pretty advanced transport system by most metrics, and payments are pretty easy these days, either with a special pay-as-you-go pass called an Oyster Card or with almost any contactless bank card. Most Londoners (like myself) have long been clamoring for a better way to manage our Oysters, as you currently have to queue for a machine or go to the website if you want to check your balance or make a top-up. Thankfully, Transport for London (TfL) has joined forces with a developer called Cubic to finally bring us an official Oyster Card app for Android. Read More
We Brits are just getting used to Android Pay - I paid for a pint in my local pub the other day and was very excited when it worked - and in an effort to increase adoption, Mastercard is offering Transport for London (TfL) refunds and Caffé Nero offers to anyone paying with their Android phone.
For the TfL offer, people using the Tube, Tram, bus, Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, the Thames Clipper service, Gatwick Express National Rail services in London every Monday for the next four weeks will be entitled to a refund providing they're using Android Pay. Read More
If the presentations at Google I/O last month were any indication, Android Pay is growing quite quickly. Several new features were announced, but most were still only demos, not available to the public. A fresh update to the Android Pay app came out yesterday and a teardown reveals a few of those key features are either ready to launch or getting closer. There's also work being done on a map that will show merchants in close proximity that accept Android Pay, and a shortcut already showing up that will direct users to apps with Android Pay integration. Read More