20 February, 2018
Google is all set to change that, however, at least for the ones taken on its own app.
Google announced last month that it had made a decision to merge Android Pay and Google Wallet into a unified payment solution (think: Apple Pay) - and now it's acted on the declaration with the much-anticipated release of Google Pay. Everything Android Pay offered is still there including all your linked cards, the ability to pay for things in supported stores.
Fast, simple checkout. Easy access to rewards and offers.
Regardless, as Google puts the final polish on the feature, you can jump ahead of the line by agreeing to the beta, and then grabbing the beta version of app at either Google Play or Apple's App Store. Rather than process payments, the Google Pay API will pass the credentials to a payments processor such as Braintree or Stripe. If you live in the US or the United Kingdom, you'll be able to use it to send and request money within the next few months.
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Today, in a blog post, Gerardo Capiel, Product Management Director, and Varouj Chitilian, Engineering Director, of the Consumer Payments team at Google finally announced the global rollout of Google's latest mobile payments offering. Read on to learn more about the new Gmail Go app for Android and what features it comes with. It also puts everything you need to make a purchase at your fingertips. Google Pay can also be used to pay online for quicker checkout.
When Android Pay launched in the summer of 2015 as a successor to Google Wallet, it streamlined the offering to do away with features such as person-to-person payments.
This is clearly just the first step for Google Pay, though, and it seems that the company has big plans for the service.
Google Pay will join an already crowded market, competing with the likes of Apple Pay/Apple Pay Cash, PayPal, Venmo, Gyft, eWallet, and many more.