Android Pay and Google Wallet Merging Into Google Pay

Herbert Rhodes
January 11, 2018

Google Pay marks the fifth payment service the company, following on from Google Checkout, Google Wallet, Android Pay and Google Tez, which is a payment brand in India. It also mentioned that users will see the rebranding move across payments with friends, online retailers and stores. Google says Google Pay is available now "on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart, and other apps and websites you love". 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. Instead, Google opted to go a different path by launching Google Tez, an app that now lets you make bill payments. There's Android Pay for checkout lines, Google Wallet for sending money to your friends, and Chrome's autofill feature for online purchases. The company's post only makes a brief and vague mention that "We will also be bringing these experiences to Tez users in India-stay tuned".

Tez at present uses the Unified Payments Interface which is an interoperable payment system.

The combined user base of Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and the new Google Pay is expected to exceed 500 million by 2021, Juniper Research predicts. This will necessitate them to remain separate.

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Does the simplification of Google's various payment services ease your mind? Now, Google is streamlining all of its payment methods and apps into a single service called, you guessed it, Google Pay. Unsurprisingly this has led to confusion and fragmentation.

Google Pay will work just like Android Pay in stores, and you will start seeing "Buy with Google Pay" or "Pay with Google Pay" buttons on sites that start supporting Google's new payment platform. Android Pay is now Google's primary payment brand.

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