After announcing its mobile payment app PayQwiq in March 2016, Tesco have officially launched its payment service in the UK.
PayQwiq, downloadable from the Google Play Store and from the Apple App Store, was launched to keep up with one of the latest trends in the industry – mobile payments.
It was first tested in about 50 stores around London and Edinburgh, before being officially launched this week.
When opened, PayQwiq produces a QR code unique to your payment card, which can be scanned by the cashier at a checkout till to pay for your goods.
Users of the app are advised to log in to their Tesco.com account or create a new one within the app, add their debit or credit card, and then pay for products in any Tesco store in the UK with their phone rather than with cash or cards.
The PayQwiq app currently supports Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Maestro, but there is a £250 pounds limit per transaction.
PayQwiq also automatically clocks Clubcard points with every purchase, and these, together with recent transactions, can be viewed within the app.
On its Play Store listing, Tesco plc notes a special launch offer, which reads: “Download PayQwiq and get 50 extra Clubcard points with each of your first 1o transactions until 7th May 2017.”
The Play Store listing also highlights that Tesco colleagues can get an “automatic Privilegecard discount through PayQwiq.”
According to Android Authority, the app can be secured with a four digit PIN code, and card details are never stored on the phone itself.
Android Authority also noted that the app does not work on rooted Android devices.
Tesco’s PayQwiq app follows in the footsteps of Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay – all launched internationally – with more such payment apps to follow.
Walmart, the US parent company of Asda, also launched its own Scan & GO app for Android earlier this month.
Although Scan & Go has not yet been launched in the UK, Asda shoppers can still benefit from the Asda app which offers home delivery or a free Click & Collect service.
Despite tweeting Walmart on the issue, we’re still yet to hear back from Asda UK and will update this story when we do.