Google unifies Android Pay and Google Wallet into Google Pay

Pali Bhat

Pali Bhat Pali Bhat VP of Product Management Payments Published Jan 8 2018

Tapping the selector will show the new Pay logo, thus replacing Android Pay and that associated branding, which is still present on the stable version (11.9.51) of Play services. Especially in the West. Google, known for its plethora of applications all doing more or less the same thing, has launched Google Pay at CES 2018. Currently, the service of the LG Pay is available only in South Korea, the home country of LG and expected t expand to more countries. The best part is that if you have your payment information already saved into your Google account, you will not need to do anything. "Over the coming weeks, you'll see Google Pay online, in store, and across Google products, as well as when you're paying friends". LG is also reportedly considering calling the platform "LG Wallet" when it brings to it to North America.

Earlier this week, Google announced that it was merging Android Pay and Google Wallet. If and when it does, it will be directly competing with Samsung Pay in features. And it won't be happening soon anyway, as LG plans to only bring LG Pay to such phones by 2019. This is because unlike in the West, India doesn't have to deal with "n" number of payments apps ala Google. Android Pay has yet to be updated with the new branding, while Google Wallet is still available. The reason why Android Pay has failed to make the cut till now, is because Google apparently believes that the service would make little sense here.

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LG Pay can be used by placing the NFC-enabled smartphone at a payment terminal.

Tez uses UPI (Unified Payments Interface) and is created to work with all major banks, including Axis, HDFC Bank, ICICI and State Bank of India. The YouTube app and other well-known Google products already have the Google Pay option available. Current transaction limit is1 lakh and up to 20 transfers per day.

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