Google Merges Android Pay And Google Wallet Into "Google Pay"

Google Merges Android Pay And Google Wallet Into

Google Merges Android Pay And Google Wallet Into "Google Pay"

What that means is users familiar with Google Wallet and Android Pay will see both services fall under the new moniker. "Over the coming weeks, you'll see Google Pay online, in store, and across Google products, as well as when you're paying friends", Google said in a blog post. It says that the new payment service is already available on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart, and other apps and website.

Android Pay is one the most popular and widely used smartphone-based secure payment systems. Considering Android and Google's reach that number is expected to grow significantly. Google has announced that "Google Pay" will soon be everywhere. Android Pay was supposed to launch here at some point of time but then Google made a decision to launch a market-specific app called Tez here instead. The company's post only makes a brief and vague mention that "We will also be bringing these experiences to Tez users in India-stay tuned". This will necessitate them to remain separate.

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Google is looking to go head-to-head with Apple and Samsung by simplifying and streamlining all its payment services into one united platform. Consolidating the two services should enable people to link their credit or debit card to a single Google Pay account and either pay for groceries or send money to a friend as a birthday gift. Unsurprisingly this has led to confusion and fragmentation. Google is also inviting developers to integrate Google Payment into their website and apps. Also falling under Google Pay is Google Check out, the web-centric PayPal competitor. However, while Google Wallet still exists, the tap-to-pay system was then rebranded Android Pay and introduced in multiple markets. Android Pay is now Google's primary payment brand, but it's a bit awkward given it is branded as a platform-specific thing.

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