Google, right at the time of the CES 2018 conference, announced a new digital payment service called Google Pay. The service comes as an amalgamation of two of its existing payment services – Android Pay and Google Wallet. Google Pay aims to make it simpler for international users to pay for different services online.
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. Their payment info will be saved on platforms like Google Chrome, YouTube, Google Play and more for easy buying of content on the web, videos or movies and apps.
But this doesn’t mean a major change in how users usually check out while using Android Pay. The process will be the same at large.
“Over the coming weeks, you’ll see Google Pay online, in store, and across Google products, as well as when you’re paying friends,” said Bhat. He even confirmed that the service is coming to Google Tez digital payment service users in India as well. However, details are scarce at the moment.
Google Pay has already made a debut on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart, among other apps and websites. Developers can go and apply to work with Google to bring ‘Pay’ integration in their apps or website.
We are also yet to see what changes the search giant makes for its Indian Google Tez users. For those unaware, Tez is a UPI-based payments system by Google that was launched in India in September last year. Available on both Android and iOS, the company has tied with several major banks for its service. Some of them include SBI, HDFC, Axis and ICICI.
With Google Tez, users can pay directly from their bank accounts which means, there’s no need to open a separate account or worry about reloading wallets. The app also has a Cash Mode, which enables users to instantly send (and receive) money to nearby Tez users without the need to share details like bank account or phone number.