Android Pay UK launch feels all sorts of imminent

Earlier this year, we took a look at the three big mobile payment systems available on smartphones: Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay. Each had its own benefits and weaknesses, but if you fancied yourself quite the international traveler, one stood out as a bit more limited than the rest. Not only did Apple Pay and Samsung Pay support payments in more nations than the US-only Android Pay, we knew a lot more about plans for their expansion into further markets still. Would Google's sluggish efforts to bring Android Pay to users in new nations end up hurting its growth? Well, progress is finally being made, and in addition to Australia gearing up to accept Android Pay in the months to come, new evidence suggests that the service's eagerly awaited UK launch could nearly be here.

One London branch of UK food retailer Pret A Manger was just spotted outfitting its payment terminals (above) with marketing signs advertising that Android Pay is now accepted. Of course, that's not the case just yet, and this feels like a matter of someone jumping the gun and putting those signs out early.

The fact that those signs exist, though, and have already been distributed to stores, sure seems to imply that UK Android Pay availability is just about to get underway.

And with Google I/O opening its doors next week, it doesn't take Nostradamus to guess that we might get a formal announcement of Android Pay's international spread at some point during the conference itself.

Check back with us next week for word of all the news to emerge from Google I/O, running May 18-20.

source: Pocket-lint



3. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Like samsung pay, I'll believe it when I see it

1. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Finally but I don't think Barclays will support it right off the line. Barclays can be stubborn. They still won't support their banking app on rooted devices.

2. Unordinary unregistered

Is there a workaround for non supported devices that are rooted? Like a mod that tricks them into thinking it's not rooted? Some apps on iOS don't allow themselves to be run if the phone is jailbroken but there are tweaks that bypass that.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

There's the XPosed tweak called Root Cloak, it does precisely that. Alternatively, I've noticed that uninstalling the SuperSU app (via it's built-in option to unstall for re-install from PlayStore) and using just XPrivacy (a must have for me to use any Android Device) to control every permission, including SU permissions, works fine in deceiving apps that I'm not rooted. Most don't think about XPrivacy when they think rooting...

5. Unordinary unregistered

This stuff is amazing. Works flawlessly on my phone and glad we all have something like this. There's a tweak app you can DL from Cydia called Flex and it has thousands of "patches" you can DL for specifics apps. One of my banks doesn't allow jailbroken devices to use its app (no f**king clue why lol) and the bypass for it is very warming to have haha. Cheers

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, good old Flex, it's the equivalent of LuckyPatcher, but Flex is a bit more advanced as you can code tweaks yourself (if you know what you're doing). Whereas Lucky Patcher uses predefined algorithms to patch apps...

7. Unordinary unregistered

I want to get the OnePlus3 maybe. Thanks for letting me know about LuckyPatcher :)

8. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Thank you Unordinary and electrifyer for the information. I'm going to tinker over this weekend. I hope it works because it's a very important app for me.

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