Google has announced it's creating a more unified way of paying for things online and in-store. If you have purchased an ebook, entered your payment information in Chrome or purchased something in a store - you know what I am talking about.
Pali Bhat, VP of product management, Payments at Google says that this new brand will save users' payment information in the Google Account for an easy checkout. Google Wallet was the first NFC payment system for smartphones, and later it was rebranded to Android Pay with the Wallet sticking around as a P2P payment system.
Google is simplifying the way people make mobile payments using one of its many services.
But the new system Google Pay brings all this under one umbrella, which the company says should make buying and paying through Google much less confusing.
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. Google Pay and Apple Pay are now set to dominate all the payments.
This all-new Google Pay branding was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 event being held in Las Vegas. This is because unlike in the West, India doesn't have to deal with "n" number of payments apps ala Google.
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. Android Pay was supposed to launch here at some point of time but then Google made a decision to launch a market-specific app called Tez here instead.