Google’s Latest Release: Google Pay
It’s no secret that Google has been planning to unite all of its different payment tools under the name Google Pay for quite some time. With the launch of Google Pay, Google is rolling out an update to Android Pay and introducing some new functionality that the company hopes will make its payment service go above and beyond in stores and online.
Google Pay plans to take over as the fast, simple way to pay in millions of places including online, in stores, and more. It brings together everything needed at checkout and keeps user information safe and secure.
Google Pay follows several failed attempts by Google to launch a widespread payment platform. The company launched Google Wallet several years ago before folding and re-launching as Android Pay.
This latest version however combines features from both, including the ability to pay at checkout counters with a smartphone and to use apps without entering in payment information. There is also an option to scan into transit systems in select cities, which will only continue to grow.
The new app will include many benefits of the Android Pay model. The app is sorted into two halves: a Home tab, which shows recent payment activity, nearby local offers and stores, and other information using Google’s card-style interface, and a Cards tab, which is where all individual credit, debit, reward, and gift cards live. The service will be making its way to all Google products, including Chrome and Assistant and, like Android Pay before it, users can have cards and payment information stored in Google Pay across a wide variety of apps and websites when using an Android device or Chrome. Google plans for future users in the United States and the UK to send money to one another using Google Pay Send, a feature that will compete with similar services offered through Apple Pay, Facebook Messenger, PayPal and Venmo. Within a short time, it will become apparent if Google succeeds against the other cash-free payment systems already on the market.