Android Pay and Google Wallet Merging Into Google Pay

Greg Lawrence
January 11, 2018

Google delighted fans today by announcing that Android Pay and Google Wallet would be combined and subsequently replaced by Google Pay.

"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", Bhat wrote.

The next time you make a purchase from Google or from any of its partners - Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart and other services - you'll see Google Pay as an option.

In India, we've heard of Android Pay and Google Wallet, although we've not used them for everyday transactions. Considering Android and Google's reach that number is expected to grow significantly. For the rest of the things like Google's own app such as YouTube or Google Play, you will be able to sign-up for new subscriptions or buy apps using a single Google Pay account. Also, the same changes are supposed to reflect in Google Tez UPI (Unified Payment Interface) app launched in India.

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"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".

Until now, Google users have interacted with several different services when making payments online or via their smartphone, laptop or computer.

Ars Technica highlights this baffling tendency in its report, "By our count, this is Google's fifth payment brand". 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.

"But in 2017, Google's service trailed seriously behind its competitors - Samsung Pay and Apple Pay, according to Juniper Research and payments industry site PYMNTs".

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