Android Pay and Google Wallet fall under new Google Pay moniker

Android Pay and Google Wallet fall under new Google Pay moniker

If you have purchased an ebook, entered your payment information in Chrome or purchased something in a store - you know what I am talking about.

Instead of having two different payment methods, Google decided it was time to combine both Android Pay and Google Wallet into one service. Google is also inviting developers to integrate Google Payment into their website and apps.

"Over the coming weeks, you'll see Google Pay online, in store, and across Google products, as well as when you're paying friends", said Bhat.

In a blog post, the company mentioned that they've worked hard to make shopping experiences, "experiences simpler, safer, and more consistent".

Google has also confirmed that several third-party apps including Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, and Instacart already support Google Pay. Android Pay is now Google's primary payment brand, but it's a bit awkward given it is branded as a platform-specific thing.

In the past, Google has launched multiple competing services in the same space as payments, messaging (any Google Wave fans?), voice calling and even operating systems. With Google Tez, users can pay directly from their bank accounts which means, there's no need to open a separate account or worry about reloading wallets.

All said and done, digital payment efforts by either Google or Apple in India didn't seem to have taken off as expected. While the app can be installed on a variety of Android phones and watches, it still possesses one basic function: making payments at compatible cash registers via "tap-and-pay". The existing Android Pay users will receive an update with Google Pay features and logo change.

How does all of this affect Google Tez, the UPI based payments platform that Google has pushed in India?

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