Google Pay: Google brings Android Pay and Google Wallet under single brand

Google Pay: Google brings Android Pay and Google Wallet under single brand

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

Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo will likely adopt Google Pay within their Android apps in the coming days, but e-reading apps issued by major publishers will likely take longer.

In the post, Pali Bhat, VP of Product Management, Payments at Google said, "If you've ever paid for groceries with Android Pay, used Chrome to automatically fill in your payment info, or purchased an app on Google Play, then you've already experienced some of the ways Google helps you pay for things online and in stores".




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. Also falling under Google Pay is Google Check out, the web-centric PayPal competitor.

The new platform will begin to roll out in the coming week, according to Mr Bhat, who said this was just the first step for the service, and Google was planning more feature updates. Developers can go and apply to work with Google to bring "Pay" integration in their apps or website. "We can't wait to share more".

In the past, Google has launched multiple competing services in the same space as payments, messaging (any Google Wave fans?), voice calling and even operating systems. Basically, the same way you pay for things now will continue, except it'll all be called Google Pay. We are also yet to see what changes the search giant makes for its Indian Google Tez users. Android Pay is now Google's primary payment brand, but it's a bit awkward given it is branded as a platform-specific thing. Users will be able to save their payment information in their Google account.

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