When Android Pay first launched, it was another mobile payments system in a long line of payments systems. First we had Apple Pay, then we had Samsung Pay and perhaps inevitably we had Android Pay. Where the first two options were all about getting more users even more locked into their ecosystems, Android Pay is a lot more flexible and a lot more open, at least in terms of the number of users that can actually use the service. That being said, if your particular bank or card issuer doesn't support Android Pay, then that practically leaves you without support for the service, realistically. When it first launched in the UK earlier this year, back during the week of Google I/O incidentally, it did so with support for a number of large banks and building societies. Now, our friends across the pond can get access to Android Pay on even more banks.
It was announced not too long ago in the US that Chase bank would be supporting Android Pay, and in the same breath Google announced more banks in the UK as well. Now, those banks are "going live" so to speak, and Android users that bank with the Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Santander or the Ulster Bank can now register their cards with Android Pay and do less chip-and-pinning, and more tapping. For a lot of users of course, this is more than likely old news by this point, but it is good to see that Google is charging ahead with their rollout with Android Pay in the UK. Of course, there will always be some hard-to-crack banks such as Barclays, who seem more interested in their own mobile payments platform, which is arguably not quite as good as Android Pay, but appears to work in any store that accepts contactless payments, without the need for support for Android Pay.
If you've yet to use Android Pay, you can go ahead and hit the download button below to install it on your device and load up your cards now that your bank is supported. If your bank isn't supported yet, then your best bet is to contact Google directly, and let them know. TBS customers will be able to jump onboard later this month, while other unsupported banks might have to wait a little longer, sadly.