Say Hello to Google Pay; brought Android Pay and Google Wallet together

Say Hello to Google Pay; brought Android Pay and Google Wallet together

Say Hello to Google Pay; brought Android Pay and Google Wallet together

Google Pay essentially aspires to bring all of Google's mobile payments - beginning with Android Pay and Google Wallet - efforts under one roof.

Pali Bhat, VP of Product Management, Payments, concludes in the company's blog post, "Bringing everything into one brand is just the first step for Google Pay".

Google has also confirmed that several third-party apps including Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, and Instacart already support Google Pay.

Google Pay is available now. The company will add more websites and stores in the coming weeks. This is because unlike in the West, India doesn't have to deal with "n" number of payments apps ala Google.

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

Tez at present uses the Unified Payments Interface which is an interoperable payment system.

The move will essentially help users make payments through a single Google solution. The existing Android Pay users will receive an update with Google Pay features and logo change.

"By supporting Google Pay, we are enabling our customers around the world to quickly and simply integrate the new services into their websites and apps, thereby streamlining the online checkout process". Unsurprisingly this has led to confusion and fragmentation. For those unaware, Tez is a UPI-based payments system by Google that was launched in India in September a year ago. Also falling under Google Pay is Google Check out, the web-centric PayPal competitor. This will be the name for Google's payment platform when making payments via NFC in stores, online at retailers, in the Play Store, and in other Google apps. 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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