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Android Pay and Google Wallet merged into Google Pay

09 January 2018

Google says Google Pay is available now "on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart, and other apps and websites you love". Google Tez is not same as the Google Wallet and Android Pay as it uses UPI payment system designed in India. He said the products being brought together include Android Pay (Google's mobile payments and loyalty platform) and Google Wallet (its peer-to-peer payments app).

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.

With Google Pay, it'll be easier for you to use the payment information saved to your Google Account, so you can speed through checkout with peace of mind.

In a company blog post, VP of product management for payments Pali Bhat described this as more of a rebranding than a change to the underlying products or technology. 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. Basically, the same way you pay for things now will continue, except it'll all be called Google Pay.

Google Pay should make payments hassle-free in the West, although it looks like Google probably won't be bringing it to India anytime soon.

Google rebrands yet another service.

. Unsurprisingly this has led to confusion and fragmentation. However, I bet you'll continue seeing payment kiosks with the Android Pay branding on them for years to come. Also falling under Google Pay is Google Check out, the web-centric PayPal competitor. Google Pay is aimed at becoming a unified platform which can be used for Play Store transactions, payment at NFC-enabled booths and miscellaneous online transactions (to pay for stuff purchased from the Google Store). 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.

Android Pay and Google Wallet merged into Google Pay