Android Pay is Google’s answer to Apple Pay, although it looks like British customers will be waiting a long time for it to arrive, in spite of the fact that other parts of the world are already enjoying access to it.
In a statement revealing that Australia will be the next major market to see Android Pay arrive, Google’s Pali Bhat promised that more nations would be receiving the service over the course of 2016. And the UK was conspicuous in its absence from this list, in spite of the fact that there are not only millions of Android users here but also a growing amount of interest in contactless payments.
Of course, Android smartphones have supported NFC technology for far longer than Apple’s iPhone range, with Google getting ahead of the game with its digital wallet service. But for the moment, it seems that Brits will have to wait until the latter part of next year before Android Pay arrives in full, unless Google takes heed of the complaints coming from the UK and speeds up the launch of the service here.
In the meantime, Apple may gain more momentum with its own contactless payments scheme and perhaps steal some customers from Google in the process.