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Square's Tap to Pay Service Expands to Android Devices in the UK, Streamlining Payments for Small Businesses

Square's Tap to Pay Service Expands to Android Devices in the UK, Streamlining Payments for Small Businesses

Global payment gateway leader, Square, has expanded its Tap to Pay service to include Android devices in the UK, focusing on streamlining payment processes for small-scale companies and pop-up businesses. The expansion marks a significant step in making payment acceptance more fluid and accessible for organizations of all sizes.

Tap to Pay operates through Square’s Point of Sale, Appointments, Invoices, or Restaurants apps, supporting payments from contactless credit and debit cards, as well as digital wallets such as Google Pay. The service eliminates the need for additional hardware, as it simply requires a compatible Android device running at least Android 9 with NFC capabilities, and it comes at no extra cost for existing subscribers.

While focusing on the service's security, Square states that card numbers are not stored on merchants' phones, and Tap to Pay benefits from the remainder of Square's existing security measures. Alexis Sowa, General Manager for Square’s POS division, elaborated on the company's vision: “Square’s goal is to make sure that our sellers, no matter where they are or who they are serving, never miss a sale.”

As more companies experiment with mobile payment technology, Square aims to stay ahead of competitors, such as Apple, which launched Tap to Pay for iPhone in the U.S. last year but has been slow to roll out the service to additional markets. Other enterprises, like Stripe, have also taken advantage of this emerging technology.

Square Tap to Pay for Android is now accessible to businesses in the U.S., UK, Australia, Ireland, France, and Spain, building upon the company’s existing service for iOS devices, which was introduced in the U.S. late last year. TechRadar Pro has inquired about Square's plans to expand Tap to Pay for iPhone to more markets, but the company did not respond immediately.

As more organizations turn to no-code and low-code platforms to streamline operations, the expansion of Tap to Pay aligns with the growing demand for innovative solutions. The AppMaster platform, for example, empowers businesses to create comprehensive backend, web, and mobile applications with ease, ensuring no sale goes missed due to outdated technology or complicated processes.

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