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Google Pay is official: Bundling Google's numerous payment services under one brand

09 January 2018

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

Pali Bhat, VP of Product Management for Payments at Google, announced on Monday that the search giant is bringing together all of the different ways to pay with Google into a single brand known as Google Pay.

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It never made much sense for the universal Android-supporting mobile payment app to coexist with the slowly dying Google Wallet, and at long last, Mountain View seems to agree. Android Pay, Google Wallet, and transactions on the web are some of the areas that will shift over to Google Pay over the coming weeks. However, while Google Wallet still exists, the tap-to-pay system was then rebranded Android Pay and introduced in multiple markets.

Existing users of both services will be able to "speed through checkout with peace of mind", according to a January 8 announcement, by making it easier for them to use payment information saved on their Google Account. Lastly, Instacart orders of at least $35 completed with Google Pay by January 16 score $10 markdowns. Google says you'll see Google Pay online, in-store, and across Google products, as well as when you're paying friends. Have you noticed the Google Pay branding yet? Sites like Airbnb, Fandango and Instacart have already started accepting it.

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Google Pay is official: Bundling Google's numerous payment services under one brand