Google Pay the new, consolidated platform replaces Android Pay and Google Wallet

Google Pay the new, consolidated platform replaces Android Pay and Google Wallet

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"The timing is important because Google Pay wants to capture and build momentum around mobile payments before competition gets any more intense". We're not betting that Google is going to be able to streamline all digital payments with Google Pay, but it sure would be nice if Android had a single method for buying stuff. There's Android Pay for checkout lines, Google Wallet for sending money to your friends, and Chrome's autofill feature for online purchases.

Pali Bhat, VP of Product Management, Payments, concludes in the company's blog post, "Bringing everything into one brand is just the first step for Google Pay".

"It remains to be seen if the Google Pay brand will enhance consumer understanding and therefore adoption of Google's payment services, or if it will only add another layer of confusion", McKee said.

It never made much sense for the universal Android-supporting mobile payment app to coexist with the slowly dying Google Wallet, and at long last, Mountain View seems to agree.

Bringing it all together with Google Pay - Google Blog

Indeed, Google notes that Google Pay is not an inherently new product, but rather a "new name and look for existing Google payment products". Called Google Pay, the service will provide the same feature set as users already experience when paying for things with their Android phones. Google Pay is already available on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart, among others.

How often do you use Google's payment service?

You may have already seen Google Pay branding in the wild as it is now featured on Airbnb, HungryHouse, Instacart, Dice and Fandango. Have you noticed the Google Pay branding yet?

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