Google’s plans to combine its current slate of disparate mobile payments offerings into a single solution have taken a big step forward this week with the global rollout of the new Google Pay app.
The new offering will be rolled out as an update to replace the previous Android Pay, and will retain all the features of the previous apps, as well as introducing new functionality.
For instance, Google Pay introduces a new Home tab that allows users instant access to useful information, such as showing details on their recent purchases, allowing them to find nearby stores, and providing easy access to rewards.
Meanwhile, Google says the new Cards tab will help users keep everything they might need at the checkout organized in one place, including credit and debit cards, loyalty programs, offers, and even gift cards.
The company claims that this will be just the first step in its efforts to improve its mobile payments platform. In a blog introducing the changes, the company said: “We’re currently working on bringing Google Pay to all Google products, so whether you’re shopping on Chrome or with your Assistant, you’ll have a consistent checkout experience using the cards saved to your Google Account.”
Future plans for the Google Pay app include the ability to send and request money through the app, which will be available in the US and the UK in the coming months. In the meantime, this functionality will continue to be offered through the refreshed Google Wallet app, which will be rebranded Google Pay Send to bring it in line with the new unified approach.
As well as adding additional partners to the app to enable the use of Google Pay at checkout both online and in-store, Google also promised an expansion of public transport payments through the app. At present, this is available through contactless systems in cities such as London, Kiev and Portland, but Google stated more locations will be added soon.