Google early this year announced that it will be combining Android Pay and Google Wallet into a ‘unified payment service’ called Google Pay. The company has now started rolling out its new Pay app for Android devices.
Google in its official blog post said that it is currently working to bring the new Google Pay to all Google products, including Google Assistant and Chrome.
“Whether you’re shopping on Chrome or with your Assistant, you’ll have a consistent checkout experience using the cards saved to your Google Account,” Google wrote in its blog post.
The app is arranged in two parts- a “Home” tab and a “Cards” tab. The former shows recent payment activity, nearby stores and offers and other information, while the latter will let you store all your individual debit, credit cards, reward & gift cards.
In addition, Google has brought a revamped Google Wallet app called Google Pay Send that will allow users to send and request money. If you are a new user, you can head to Google Play Store and download it. For those existing Android Pay users, they will receive an update over the next couple of days.
From what we can see, Google has added a new coating to its latest Google Pay app to give a fresh look. However, just like in Android Pay, the new app enables ‘card and payment information’ to be stored in Google Pay across an array of apps and websites. At present, it is just a ‘slightly updated’ version of Android Pay but the Mountain View company seems to have a bigger sketch for its unified payment service.
“More features are coming. If you live in the U.S. or the UK, you’ll be able to use it to send and request money within the next few months,” Google said.
The rebranded Android Pay app provides ‘bank perks’ and ‘strong security protection’ to safeguard users’ data and credentials. With the intent to extend the service to more devices and services, Google said that it is working with partners online and in stores so that users are able to see the Google Pay app on sites and in apps across the globe.