Google to launch Android Pay in UK next month

The launch of Android Pay will see Google competing with Apple.

Android Pay transactions are set to launch in the UK next month, following the successful launch of the service in the US last September.

Google is launching this service in a bid to grab a share of the fast-growing mobile payments market. It will operate in a similar fashion to Apple Pay, which is already in widespread use around Britain.

Android-enabled smartphones with built-in Near-Field Communications (NFC) technology will allow consumers to use their handset to make contactless payments by enabling them to load their Visa and MasterCard details.

The high rate of adoption of this technology in the UK has seen the market very quickly expand. It's set to grow further still in 2016, with Samsung Pay also set to launch later in the year. 

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