On 8 January, Google launched another of its online payment services, with the name ‘Google Pay’. The social media giant’s VP of Product Management for Payments, Pali Bhat, made the announcement in a post on its blog. He said that Google would be merging Android Pay and Google Wallet into a separate entity and a new brand. The purpose is to integrate user experience and make it easier so that the users don’t get confused.
This would mean that the time spent in trying to fiddle around different payment apps with Google to pay your bill will be significantly reduced. Google’s post has confirmed the notion that the company has been working since the last one year to refine many of its services. These integrations will ensure that the result is much “simpler, faster and more consistent”.
Google has also confirmed that it’ll become easier for users to save the payment information with their Google account. In doing so, they can also make quick payment checkouts without the need to locate their credit, debit or any other payment card every time they have the need to make a payment on their smartphone. The Mountain View-based smartphone giant also pointed out that users will begin seeing Google Pay on online stores and across Google products when users are paying their friends.
If you are one of the impatient ones wanting to check out Google Pay in action, you can head over to Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart and other apps to give it a look and see how this new experience works. Google is also offering a number of offers and incentives at this time, which means, early adopters will be able to save time as well as money while making payments.
Not restricting itself to customers, Google has also invited developers for implementing Google Pay integrations on to their websites or apps. They can also work with Google’s processor partners to make the Google Pay integration easier and simpler. So now the question you might have, and wondering about is that what about Google Tez? Well, as it turns out there is nothing to fear. Google has made it crystal clear at the end of the post that it is working on bringing these experiences to Google Tez users in India. It is also very likely that Google has added the ‘Pay with Google’ feature that it launched around October last year in the ‘Google Pay’ branding to make future payments more up to the mark.
This new ‘Pay with Google’ method will be operational across apps such as Google Play, Chrome, Android Pay or even YouTube. ‘Pay with Google’ will be giving you the payment information and shipping address from your account to the merchant who is supplying the product.
Sounds like a great step forward (and much less confusion) for us consumers!