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Google Pay merges Android Pay and Google Wallet

09 January, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Bringing it all together with Google Pay - Google Blog

Google, in all its infinite wisdom, is yet to come up with a single, unified platform for payments.

Google's revamped mobile payment service has arrived, now called Google Pay. Google has explored various ways of enabling digital payments since 2011, when it first released Google Wallet. That changed in 2015, when Google chose to spin off the tap-and-pay portion of the service into Android Pay.

Senior VP of Fandango Mark Young said, "Google Pay provides a simple, intuitive option for Fandango customers to speed through checkout with just one tap".

Google says "over the coming weeks, you'll see Google Pay online, in store, and across Google products, as well as when you're paying friends". Google announced that it's consolidating all platforms under the Google Pay banner. Google Pay is already available on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart, among others.

One of the biggest questions that many Google users have often pondered upon is - why does Google have two apps which do pretty much the same thing - Google Wallet and Android Pay. Now, it has been rebranded for the third time, as Google Pay - a branding Google (and we) hopes sticks.

Like the distinction between Google's similar instant-messaging apps Allo and Duo, or the repurposing of Google Hangouts into a business-focused communications tool, the line drawn between Google Wallet and Android Pay was confusing, unnecessary, and probably posed a setback to brand adoption.

How often do you use Google's payment service?

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