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RBS, NatWest and Santander now support Android Pay

Engadget Engadget 13/09/2016 Matt Brian
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Google's contactless payment platform has been given a big boost in the UK after three big banks today enabled Android Pay support. In an announcement, the company confirmed that Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Santander and Ulster Bank customers can begin adding cards to their Android smartphone to enable NFC and web purchases. While Google confirmed earlier this month that TSB customers would enjoy support in the "coming weeks," the bank isn't quite ready for primetime but is on course to launch before October.

Android Pay, like Apple Pay, lets you use your phone to pay for items like you would with a contactless card. Businesses can also embed Android Pay functionality into apps and websites (via Chrome), ensuring that you don't have to manually type in their card details. Signing up to Android Pay also grants you access to Android Pay Day, which offers discounts every month on the Tuesday before your next pay slip. Starbucks and Deliveroo have both offered deals, but there hasn't been much activity since its launch in June.

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