Google Pay officially debuts

Muriel Hammond
February 20, 2018

According to the announcement, the app on Android will have all the existing features of Android Pay plus some additional ones, including an extra layer of security as Google Pay wont share the user's card number at POS. Google objective is that users have a consistent checkout experience using the cards saved in Google Account. Indeed, the Google Wallet app is no more, and it will be rebranded as "Google Pay Send", which is presumably a temporary makeover until the company manages to integrate its features into the core Google Pay app.

And P2P payments aren't yet available through Google Pay either, with the company noting that those in the US and United Kingdom will be able to send and request money "within the next few months". This new app is similar to other "Go" apps that Google has been making recently.

Google Pay only works with Android phones, not with iOS. Cards is the entrypoint to your digital wallet, where you can select the payment method to use at checkout. Then the new marks started rolling out more widely, as Google officially announced that it was unifying its payment branding. The "Cards" tab is where you store all your credit, debit, gift, and reward cards.

Google Pay follows several failed attempts by Google to launch a widespread payment platform. Everything Android Pay offered is still there including all your linked cards, the ability to pay for things in supported stores. Other plans, according to the post, include the use of Google Pay for transit fares in various cities (London, Kiev, and Portland appear to be supported now, with more cities promised to be added soon). Android Pay's interface was incredibly simple, but functional as well.

This is clearly just the first step for Google Pay, though, and it seems that the company has big plans for the service. Developers who want to build applications within the ecosystem can find a list of processor partners here and the developer toolkit here.

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