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PYMNTS Daily Data Dive: Android Pay In The UK

Android Pay is finally making the hop across the pond and opening for business for British users. To sweeten the offer, Google is launching with Android Pay Day at the end of the month with special promotions for English users, though the specific shape of that remains to be sketched.

Visa or MasterCard cards issued by Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society will all work with the mobile wallet - with more banks on the way. 

So what is the scene on the ground as Android Pay gets up and running?

36 million | The number of contactless payments made in the U.K. since the contactless spending limit was raised from £20 to £30 in September.

92% | The amount "touch-and-go" payments at restaurants have increased in the last year, according to Barclaycard.

42.6% | The portion of U.K consumers who currently carry Android phones.

30% | The percentage of U.K. contactless payments that take place in grocery stores.

20%| The proportion of all U.K. payments under £30 made via contactless payments. Contactless cards are common in the U.K., which pushes up that number.

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