Google introduces "Google Pay" to finally unify Android Pay and Google Wallet

11 January, 2018, 08:06 | Author: Myrtle Cook
  • Google just recently announced that it is introducing a new service one named Google Pay

What that means is users familiar with Google Wallet and Android Pay will see both services fall under the new moniker.

"With Google Pay, it'll be easier for you to use the payment information saved to your Google Account, so you can speed through checkout with peace of mind", VP of Product Management, Payments writes on Google's official blog. Google is also inviting developers to integrate Google Payment into their website and apps.

In India, we've heard of Android Pay and Google Wallet, although we've not used them for everyday transactions. "Over the coming weeks, you'll see Google Pay online, in store, and across Google products, as well as when you're paying friends".

But the new system Google Pay brings all this under one umbrella, which the company says should make buying and paying through Google much less confusing. So, Google tried several times and finally chose to give us a one for all payment service.

As of now, Google has announced a few initial partners which include Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, and Instacart. Moreover, because all your details will naturally be synced to your Google account, you won't have to worry about which piece of information goes where.

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"Google has explored various ways of enabling digital payments since 2011 when it first released Google Wallet", he said.

Google Pay will work just like Android Pay in stores, and you will start seeing "Buy with Google Pay" or "Pay with Google Pay" buttons on sites that start supporting Google's new payment platform.

Currently, in the US, Apple Pay has a significantly larger market share compared to Android Pay.

All said and done, digital payment efforts by either Google or Apple in India didn't seem to have taken off as expected.

Built on the government-supported Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Tez allows users to make payments straight from their bank accounts. The existing Android Pay users will receive an update with Google Pay features and logo change.

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