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Metro Bank Now Supports Android Pay

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Metro Bank becomes the latest bank to support Android Pay, leaving Barclays all alone

Metro Bank has become the latest UK bank to support Android Pay, which launched last May as a rival to Apple Pay

The self-proclaimed “challenger bank” says customers will be able to use Google’s mobile payment system from the moment their account is opened. Other initiatives from the bank include 7-day a week opening hours and free coin counting for account holders and non-account holders.

This extends to its digital operations too. For example, the bank has used Microsoft’s Power BI tool to provide its business intelligence and uses Office 365 across the company.

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Metro Bank Android Pay

However Metro Bank has been slow to the mark in adopting the two biggest mobile payment platforms. It only joined Apple Pay in October – more than a year after it launched – and has taken nine months to support Android Pay.

“Expanding Metro Bank’s mobile payments to include Android Pay is just another example of how we’re helping to improve the banking and payments experience for our customers,” said Paul Riseborough, chief commercial officer.

“We strongly believe customers should be given the choice to bank how, when and where they want and the launch of Android Pay comes on top of our seven-day store opening, 24/7 local contact centres and full mobile and internet banking services.”

For Google, the addition of Metro Bank helps fill in the gaps in its UK high street partner base. Android Pay launched without universal bank support, but the addition of Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, Natwest, Ulster Bank and TBS since then has left Barclaycard as the sole resister.

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