Apple Pay vs Android Pay: With the launch of Android Pay in the UK, both Apple and Google s mobile payment systems are now available for US and UK users.
Of course, this is what makes the relationship between Google/Apple and the banks so important, since the interaction is quite different to the standard contactless approach.
Where Apple Pay and Android Pay can actually be used is limited by the country you reside in.
This is pretty telling: it looks like Apple has done most of the groundwork, then Google has come in and done deals with a lot of the same companies.
Android Pay is really a development and branching out of this service, which launched four years earlier in 2011 without much success.
A teardown of the iPad Air 2 revealed it has an NFC chip, but doesn t have the periphery antennas or boosters needed to make the chip work properly.