Google has announced that it is merging its Android Pay and Google Wallet into a new service called Google Pay. The merger is aimed at making all payments across Google and on third party services more simple and safer. The company has stated that the brand reform is “just the first step for Google Pay” and that they “can’t wait to share more.”
Pali Bhat, VP of Product Management, Payments at Google, said:
“With Google Pay, it’ll be easier for you to use the payment information saved to your Google Account, so you can speed through checkout with peace of mind. 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 has been working with some third parties in anticipation for its announcement. It says that the new payment service is already available on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart, and other apps and website. It’s currently running some promotional offers in the U.S. with B&H, Fandango, and Instacart.
As mentioned earlier, Google topped off the post with a rather cryptic message stating that the brand reform is just the first step and that it can’t wait to share more; what “more” constitutes right now is anyone’s guess, we’ll just have to see. As an addendum, Google asks users to stay tuned as it "will also be bringing these experiences to Tez users in India."