Google Pay is available today and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. It also makes it a lot easier to access all of your loyalty cards and view recent transactions.
Google said it's working with partners so that users will be able to use Google Pay to buy goods online through websites or using Google Assistant, in addition to in stores with a smartphone. Rather than process payments, the Google Pay API will pass the credentials to a payments processor such as Braintree or Stripe. Then the new marks started rolling out more widely, as Google officially announced that it was unifying its payment branding. Over on The Keyword, Google explains some of the new features that are launching alongside Google Pay.
With Google Pay consumers can pay in shops, on the web and in apps, like Airbnb, Fandango, Lyft and Instacart, without having to get the credit card from the wallet. Despite the fact that not all Android smartphones can use this app as it is limited to Google and Nexus devices for now, Google keeps adding new features that may be useful to users (at least those that have and use the app).
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"If you live in the US or the United Kingdom, you'll be able to use it to send and request money within the next few months", Google wrote in the blog.
If you already have the Android Pay app installed, it appears you won't need to do anything. You can also pay transit fare with Google Pay in certain cities, and you can choose Google Pay at checkout rather than filling out payment forms.
Today represents just the first step in Google Pay's big rollout.