Google begins roll-out of unified Google Pay

Terry Joseph
February 20, 2018

In a note to longtime Android Pay users, Google noted the features they enjoy will not disappear under the Google Pay brand.

Apart from your regular credit and debit cards, you can also store all your gift cards, reward points, loyalty programs and offers in the Card section of the app. Let's take a look at what we can do with the newly released Google Pay app.

Use Google Pay on transit in cities such as Kiev, London, and Portland (with more coming soon), and stop worrying about your pass once and for all.

Longtime Android Pay fans, fear not: the features you love aren't going away.

Screenshots by Jason Cipriani  CNET
Screenshots by Jason Cipriani CNET

Google Pay represents its attempt at unifying and simplifying its digital payments service across the web, in apps, in stores, and through peer-to-peer (P2P). So rather than thinking about "Android Pay" for in-store purchases, PayPal for one-tap shopping online, and Venmo for P2P payments, the idea behind this amalgamation is to position Google Pay as a one-stop-shop for all your transactions. You'll still get all your bank's perks and protections, plus an extra layer of security, since Google Pay doesn't share your actual card number when you pay in stores. However, the country-specific payment products like Tez in India are still left out, but Google is promising that the unified experience will come to the Tez users. The Google Pay app has a tabbed interface which now includes two sections. Instead, Google will flip the switch over to the Google Pay branding it told us to expect back in January.

Customers in the United States and the United Kingdom will be the first to get the ability to send and request money with Google Pay.

There are apparently millions of places around the world where you can pay for stuff using cards saved to your Google account, with your banking info kept under lock and key at all times. Google Pay now works at all the locations where Android Pay was available.

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