Stubbornly refusing to support Google's mobile payments app, Barclays has just launched its own.
You might remember that last month Barclays announced it wouldn’t be supporting Google’s Android Pay, but instead would be creating its own mobile payments platform for customers.
At the time we described the decision as “bizarre” and just the latest example of Barclays being hostile to its customers by not supporting industry standards like Android Pay and Apple Pay.
Today ‘Contactless Mobile’, the name for Barclays’ system, has launched.
If you’re an Android smartphone user and a Barclays account holder you can launch their mobile banking app (which we rated as the best mobile banking app in our Great British Mobile Banking Review 2016) and tap on ‘Contactless Mobile’.
But is Contactless Mobile any good? Early reports seem promising:
*VERY* impressed with the new contactless mobile feature from @BarclaysUK. All is forgiven for not supporting Android Pay.p— David Murphy (@schwuk) June 22, 2016
Used @BarclaysUK Contactless Mobile today.. not bad but you have to close the Banking App portal to work the feature.— Sam (@Samishlol) June 21, 2016
But some people are still annoyed that the bank isn’t supporting the Android Pay feature that is built into their smartphones: