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PayQwiq mobile payments will launch at Tesco this year

The smartphone transaction service will be rolled out across the United Kingdom before the end of 2016.

Tesco has announced that it will be rolling out its PayQwiq mobile payments service across the United Kingdom. Its services will become fully available now that it has undergone its trials successfully.

This mobile payments service is meant to make it faster and easier for customers to complete the checkout process.

The PayQwik mobile payments service lets consumers link credit and debit cards to the app. With this mobile application, they can pay for items purchased online or in store. To complete the transaction, they must scan QR codes displayed on-screen. The application also makes it possible to collect Clubcard points. Therefore, the points card doesn’t need to be scanned separately.

Until now, the PayQwik mobile payments app was available only in London and Edinburgh.

PayQwiq mobile payments - Tesco StoreMoreover, the mobile app could be downloaded only by those with an invitation. That said, its availability will now be broadening to include consumers at 600 stores throughout those two original cities. Stores in Plymouth and Northern Ireland will also be included in this next wave. The app is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones.

This mobile wallet places Tesco in direct competition with Apple Pay and Android Pay within its stores. That said, the PayQwik mobile wallet functions only within Tesco stores so the competition stops there. Among the main reasons it has an advantage over the competition while in-store is that it lets customers use their Tesco Clubcard within the app.

This is appealing as it doesn’t require people to have to make PayQwik mobile payments only to have to fish a plastic loyalty card out of their wallets. Both types of transaction occur automatically and digitally. All that is required in order to complete both processes is the scan of a QR code.

A spokesperson from Tesco Bank explained: “At Tesco, we are always looking to make the shopping experience simpler and easier for customers and that’s why we’ve developed PayQwiq.” So far, customer feedback on the service has been “very positive,” said the Tesco spokesperson.

Google launches Android Pay mobile payments service in the UK

Android Pay is now available in the United Kingdom

Google has officially launched its new mobile payments service in the United Kingdom. The company is looking to compete with others in the mobile commerce space with its Android Pay platform, which has found modest success in the United States. This is Google’s first entry into the mobile commerce market, of course, as it released its Google Wallet platform some years ago. The rapidly changing market has pressured Google to launch a new service, however, which is where Android Pay comes into play.

Mobile commerce is growing quickly in the UK

The United Kingdom is a very attractive market for mobile commerce. Many consumers in the country are using their smartphones to shop online and purchase products in physical stores, taking advantage of the services that are available to them. The Android Pay service is the latest such service, which can be used by those with accounts with most of the UK’s major banks and credit card issuers. A growing number of retailers are beginning to rely on mobile payments services as well, which is creating new opportunities for platforms such as Android Pay.

Android Pay continues to fight for a foothold in the mobile commerce space

UK Mobile Payments LaunchAndroid Pay was launched last September in the United States and Google notes that it has signed 1.5 million people up for the service every month since then. Despite this, however, Android pay has struggled to find a foothold in the country. While the service is equipped with effective security features, many consumers in the United States are still not comfortable with the concept of mobile commerce. This is not the case in the United Kingdom, where many people have shown favor with being able to pay for products with their mobile devices.

Google to face more competition in the UK

Android Pay has managed to attract significant support from businesses in the UK, but it will still have to compete with other, more established mobile payments services in order to find success. One of Google’s major competitors in this market is Apple, which launched its own payments service in the UK in July of last year. Samsung, another player in the mobile commerce field, is also coming to the UK with its own payment service in the near future, which will further increase competition.