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

Bringing it all together with Google Pay - Google Blog

Called Google Pay, the service will provide the same feature set as users already experience when paying for things with their Android phones. This includes Chrome for web purchases, YouTube for renewing subscriptions, in-app purchases on Android, and even retail outlets with NFC payments. Through Google Pay, it is possible to send and receive money from/to your friends/colleagues/family apart from shopping payments.

Indeed, Google notes that Google Pay is not an inherently new product, but rather a "new name and look for existing Google payment products". 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.

Consumer adoption of mobile payments over the last few years has been tepid at best, and Google has done plenty to muddy the waters by calling its first concept Google Wallet in 2011, only to downgrade it a few years later to function merely as a P-to-P payments tool. That changed in 2015, when Google chose to spin off the tap-and-pay portion of the service into Android Pay.

Google Pay is already available on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart, and other apps and websites you love.

The launch of Google Pay is an attempt to create some brand cohesion, but there's no clarity on how long that might take, he said. We're not betting that Google is going to be able to streamline all digital payments with Google Pay, but it sure would be nice if Android had a single method for buying stuff.

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