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Barclaycard unveils contactless payments in Android app

Barclaycard has revealed its hand in the digital payments sector, expanding its Android app to process contactless payments through smartphones.

The credit card provider will implement the feature from November on NFC-enabled smartphones running the Android operating system. Transactions of up to £30 will be processed by the app although £100 will be the extended limit upon entering a user-specific PIN.

Mike Saunders, managing director of digital consumer payments at Barclaycard, said: “These new features transform Android phones into a mobile hub for our customers, allowing them to manage their account on the go, make contactless payments up to £100 and have a lost or stolen card instantly re-issued – letting them continue to make contactless payments straight away.

“This additional functionality is being added to our existing customer app so there’s no need for existing users to download, register, upload, or add card details into a new app; you just complete the simple opt-in process and away you go.”

The move comes after Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland yesterday (Monday 14 September) signed on as Apple Pay partners.

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