Today, Google made the announcement that the company will be adding new services to their existing Payment services, Android Pay and Google Wallet, followed by merging the services together in to one new branded payment system, Google Pay, or G Pay. The change won’t affect the workings or compatibility currently present with Android Pay / Google Wallet compatible apps or terminals, more it will unify the services in to one singular brand.
If you’ve ever paid for groceries with Android Pay, used Chrome to automatically fill in your payment info, or purchased an app on Google Play, then you’ve already experienced some of the ways Google helps you pay for things online and in stores. Over the past year, we’ve been working to make these experiences simpler, safer, and more consistent.
Today, we’re excited to announce we’ll be bringing together all the different ways to pay with Google, including Android Pay and Google Wallet, into a single brand: Google Pay.
Google announced, with the merger of the services, that Google Pay will allow users to make payments even easier than before using the payment information saved on your Google Account. This will allow you to pay online, through compatible apps, in store, and across Google products.
One of the interesting additions to the mentions, was “when you’re paying friends”, which could hint upon Google bringing the ability to send and receive money, using Google Pay, similar to how Apple Pay is slowly rolling out to do within iMessage. It’s unclear, however, how the Google Pay equivalent will work.
Google claims the rebrand and new features will begin rollout in the coming weeks.