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Google has said it will be bringing Android Pay to the UK "in the next few months", following Samsung's version which is set to launch here later this year.

The service will allow Android devices with the 4.4 or higher operating system and a near field communication (NFC) chip to store replace credit and debit cards.

Lloyds Bank, Halifax, HSBC and Nationwide and several other banks have already said that they make their cards compatible with Android Pay. The likes of Barclays, American Express, RBS and Santander are not yet signed up, but Google said it plans to add more banks to the list before launch.

A Google spokesperson said the UK was "likely" to become the second market for Android Pay, having launched it in the US in September. It has also said the service would be taken to Australia by the end of June, suggesting the UK will have the service within the next three months.