In a blog entry recently posted in Google’s official blog by Pali Bhat, the vice president of product management for payments at Google, it was announced that existing payment features Android Pay and Google Wallet will now be merged under one brand name -- Google Pay. As described by Bhat, the decision is more of a rebranding move, not only to unify the tech giant’s current payment platforms, but more importantly to simplify everything for its users.
For those who are still confused as to which is which, Android Pay is Google’s mobile payment system and rewards platform, while Google Wallet is the app that facilitates peer to peer payment transactions. Because these two services will now be joined together under Google Pay, customers will not have to worry anymore about figuring out which specific feature to use when paying for purchases or when sending cash to other people.
According to Bhat, the unification also grants more convenience for those who have already saved their payment information to their Google account. Soon, they will only make use of Google Pay whether they are paying for something online, at supported shops or business establishments, or when completing peer to peer money transfers. A number of brands and businesses are already supporting the unified Google Pay. These include Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, and Instacart.
In order to get people to start using its unified Google Pay feature, Google is also joining forces with B&H, Fandango, and Instacart in launching new promos. At B&H, any Google Pay transaction of at least $50 within this month on www.bhphotovideo.com (Chrome for Android) earns a user a $10 discount. For users of Fandango’s mobile app, they get a $5 discount on tickets paid via Google Pay until January 18th, but they have to use the promo code GOOGLEPAY2018 upon check out. Lastly, orders of at least $35 using Instacart’s app until January 16th come with a $10 discount.
Google had first unveiled its Android Pay contactless mode of payment in May of 2015 during its annual I/O conference held yearly in the city of San Francisco in California. As for Google Wallet, the feature has existed for nearly seven years now, having made its debut back in 2011. About a couple of years ago, Google has since overhauled the service as more of a means for sending or receiving money by way of Android powered mobile devices.
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