Just last week, there were reports that Android Pay's UK launch is imminent. And earlier today, the mobile payments service actually started rolling out in the country, with the official Android Twitter account saying, "Download #AndroidPay today from @GooglePlay. Now available in the UK."
However, the joy was short-lived as a follow-up tweet from the same account effectively confirmed that the launch has been withdrawn:
Excited for #AndroidPay in the UK? We are too! Not quite there yet, but keep checking back 🤗— Android (@Android) May 17, 2016
While there was no word on exactly why the launch was pulled, the tweet does suggest that someone at Google jumped the gun and pressed the launch button.
It's worth mentioning that Google has already announced a list of banks whose credit and debit cards will be supported by Android Pay in the UK. What's more, some businesses have even started advertising that they accept payments through the service.
Why? I do not know how these work and what system they're running on, and since both Apple and Android use NFC to make contactless payments, I'm sure it'd be possible to accept both at the same terminals. The question is, (rhetorical!) would Apple al...
An Apple terminal? Really? Do you mean the contactless payment terminals that existed for NFC enfeebled bank cards long before Apple Pay existed?