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Android Pay Debuts in the UK, no need to unlock device when you tap for sales under £30

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The mobile wallet for Android-powered smartphones is opening for business in the UK — its first market outside the U.S. where it launched in September 2015 — starting out on NFC-enabled Android devices running KitKat 4.4 or later.

Tap to pay big in the UK

Notably, American Express is not yet included in the card types supported it s available in the U.S. though so watch this space .

Google last week gave a preview to journalists and analysts to show how Android Pay works, using an Android handset to tap to buy coffee at Holborn Grind and to travel from Holborn Tube station.

That might sound sensible if you re a risk-averse consumer or retailer; but fiddly and time-eating if you re someone who is always looking for ways to do things quicker.

Normally the Oyster system that TfL uses just charges you for the maximum cost of a ride when this happens; but if you use Android Pay you ll now get a warning when you pass the machines to remind you if you forget.

It s possibly a mark of how Google wanted to make sure it gets the experience right from the start, lest the public or regulators find any other reasons to scrutinize the company.

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