Android Pay is headed to the U.K., and it's not alone.
The U.K. launch of Google's mobile wallet will have the support of Visa and MasterCard, as well as several local financial institutions. Its partners include Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society.
Users can pay with Android Pay with any merchant that accepts contactless payments – including for tap and pay-as-you-go on Transport for London’s tube, buses and trains – and for in-app purchases. Payment platforms, processors and technology providers that want to integrate Android Pay into their operations can do so with its application program interface.
Android Pay launched in the U.S. in September and it has about 1.5 million new registrations monthly. Apple Pay launched in the U.K. last July and Samsung Pay is rumored to enter the U.K. market sometime this year.