Android Pay finally comes to the UK, but it's off to a bumpy start (UPDATE: not quite yet)


Google I/O is just about to kick off, and we've been looking forward to a ton of news about the latest Google products and services emerging from the tech conference. One of the oh-so-many developments that's been on our radar has been a long-overdue expansion of Android Pay to users in the United Kingdom (where Apple Pay already has a head start), and when we heard about UK retailers already putting up Android Pay signage last week, it was looking increasingly likely that Google would be announcing this next phase of Android Pay availability at I/O. But just like news of Google's new Spaces app, this one can't quite wait for the formal start of Google I/O, and today Google flips the switch on Android Pay in the UK.

Google laid out its broader plans for Android Pay in the UK back in a March blog post, talking about support for MasterCard and Visa credit cards, as well as debit card support for a number of big UK banks – though with Barclays notably absent. At the time, Google wasn't able to offer a time frame for the Android Pay UK launch any more precise than sometime “in the next few months.”

Today Google follows up on that teaser with a simple announcement tweet, inviting users to download the Android Pay app and noting, “Now available in the UK.”

At least, it's supposed to be available. But reports from multiple users on social media indicate that Google's announcement may have been a little premature, and those following links to the Play Store are being greeted by messages that “This item is not available in your country.”

Are the Play Store servers just being slow to update? Did Google's tweet go out a little early? We're well curious ourselves, so we'd love to hear from you: if you're an Android user in the UK, are you having any luck getting Android Pay going today? Or does this feel like yet another tease?

Update: Google has taken down its original tweet and just posted this new message: "Excited for #AndroidPay in the UK? We are too! Not quite there yet, but keep checking back." Guess someone really did jump the gun.

source: Google (Twitter) via Android Central, Google (Update)

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7 Comments

1. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

The APK works, can setup and all that stuff, but can't download from store

7. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

I just downloaded it in the UK from the Play Store. Set up payments in less than 15 seconds. Now time to test it someplace. Does anyone know if it works on ANY contactless terminal, as in Tesco or McDs? I don't wanna look 'stoopit' smacking my phone against a card only terminal.

2. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

How stupid and silly, looks weird paying by phone. I always pay by MBNA Silver or British Airways gold card.

3. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Safe and convenient. Just tap and go. But it seems that you like cards more, that's ok.

4. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

It now shows up in the uk store which it didn't for me yesterday but says not available in your country still. Hopefully that will change by the end of the day :)

5. Shocky unregistered

My Galaxy S6 is not Android compatible!!!! lulz.

6. Shocky unregistered

Okay, turns out enabling condensed mode will stop the app verifying your device, it's affecting both the Galaxy S6/S7 and the Note devices I guess.

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