It looks like the Barclays Mobile Banking app will be going head to head against Android Pay in the very near future.
The U.K. bank announced on Thursday (May 12) that it will soon introduce a new capability to its mobile app that will enable customers to make contactless payments via a compatible Android device.
The "Contactless Mobile" feature is a payment service designed to give Barclays customers the ability to make mobile payments at any of the 400,000 contactless locations throughout the U.K., including across the London transport network, the company said in a statement.
Ashok Vaswani, CEO of Barclays U.K., said:
“Giving customers the choice about how to make everyday payments, while making it really easy for people to use our services, is why we’ve designed this new contactless payment functionality, which will sit at the heart of our already popular mobile banking app. It’s all there, in one place, ready to go, with no need to enter card details, delivering a brilliant experience in an instant."
“Barclays Contactless Mobile is the latest in a series of digital innovations we have launched that allow customers to ‘Pay it your way!’ — carrying out day-to-day transactions in the ways that suit them — and we hope that it will help customers become more confident using digital solutions and new technologies.”
The company confirmed that, when the service officially launches, the bank’s customers can expect all of their eligible Barclays debit and credit cards to appear automatically in the mobile app, eliminating the need to manually enter card details.
Contactless Mobile will be available through the Barclays Mobile Banking app in June, with customers’ access to the service being applied in a phased approach.