Mobile bank N26 has said it is introducing Google Pay for its Irish customers.

Ireland will be one of four countries where N26 will be rolling out Google Pay, with Belgium, Slovakia, and Spain also included.

Google Pay allows Android smartphone users to pay for point-of-sale transactions using their mobile phone.

The German direct bank – which refers to a lender without any physical branches that offers its services remotely – has been operating in the Irish market since 2015 and offers a free current account to Irish customers via its smartphone app.

Launching Google Pay underscores its efforts to offer the most innovative products and services to customers in all markets it operates in.

Head of International Markets at N26 Alexander Weber said the company is seeing "huge demand for mobile payment solutions in all the countries we operate in.

"Bringing Google Pay to Belgium, Ireland, Slovakia and Spain is another important step in our strategy, to offer the latest, most innovative products and services and an unrivalled banking experience to our customers across all markets we operate in." 

AIB, Ulster Bank, and KBC also offer customers Google Pay.

N26 is regulated by the European Central Bank and operates in 17 EU countries.