Android Pay, Google’s mobile payments service, is set to launch in the UK in March.
Android Pay, which was launched in September, lets consumers pay at store checkout counters by waving
their Android smartphones in front of an NFC POS.
The UK launch would be Android Pay’s second international market and a major step forward for the fledgling. In December, Google said the service would be arriving overseas for the first time in Australia in early 2016.
More than 1 million retail stores in the US already have POS registers that accept Android Pay, which relies on NFC.
The UK could be a major market for Android Pay. According to reports, 54.2% of mobile phones sold in the country during the first quarter of 2015 were Android devices.
Adoption of payments using smartphones has been noticeably more popular in the UK than the US. Last year, British shoppers made nearly 1 billion contactless purchases in stores and elsewhere including in the London Underground.