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N26 adds Google Pay for German customers

The neo-bank is following in the footsteps of its UK-based rivals.

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Leading European digital bank N26 has integrated with Google Pay, allowing its Android customers to pay simply and securely via their mobile phones.

Google Pay was launched by the bank in Belgium, Ireland, Slovakia and Spain earlier this year – but Germany is its home market.

German customers will now be able to pay for goods in a few clicks. Users can add their N26 card to Google Pay through either the N26 or Google Pay app, and will then simply need to hold their phone near to contactless-enabled terminals to make a payment. Their screen will need to be activated for transactions of below €25, and their phone will need to be unlocked above that. Payments will take milliseconds to complete.

N26 is already integrated with Apple Pay in France, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Finland.

“We see a steadily increasing demand for mobile payment solutions among our customers in Germany. Bringing Google Pay to Germany is addressing this demand,” said Lorenz Jüngling, chief product officer at N26.

In the UK, N26 rival Starling Bank recently enhanced its Google Pay functionality to allow users to pay using their phones prior to receiving a physical card.

N26 already has over a million customers, and raised €110m in a series C in March, readying itself for international expansion into the UK and US.

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