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Barclays offers its own app as an Android Pay alternative

Engadget Engadget 12/05/2016 Matt Brian
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When Barclays confirmed it wasn't planning to support Google's Android Pay service when it launches in the UK, it said it would instead focus on the development of its own platform. Turns out that customers won't have to wait long to see what the bank has planned, after it confirmed today that it will roll out a new version of its banking app with support for "Contactless Mobile" in June.

Like the Barclaycard app, which has NFC payments since January, Contactless Mobile detects whether a customer's Android phone supports NFC and has eligible Barclays credit or debit cards associated with it. If it does, customers can make payments of up to £30 by tapping their phone against a retailer terminal, without needing to open the app, enter a PIN or verify with a fingerprint.

The platform will also support payments between £30 and £100, which involves first tapping the phone against the terminal, entering the card's usual PIN and then tapping again.

Barclays says that when Contactless Mobile arrives next month, the roll out will be "phased over a number of days." Customers will be notified as soon as the service becomes available. That means it could come before Google's own platform -- hopefully it won't be as drawn out as the bank's Apple Pay implementation.

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