Here Comes Google Pay

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Mobile, Android with 12 Comments

Here Comes Google Pay

Google announced today that it has started rolling out Google Pay, its replacement for Android Pay. This starts, naturally enough, on Android, but Google says it is bringing the new payment solution to all of its products.

“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,” the Google announcement notes. “We’re also working with partners online and in stores, so you’ll see Google Pay on sites, in apps, and at your favorite places around the world.”

This isn’t just a rebranding, though it will look like one on Android, where Android Pay will be replaced by the new app. Also, Google Wallet will become Google Pay Send, a feature inside of the one Google Pay app. (That is happening later in 2018; for now Google Play Send will be its own app.) Google Pay—or “G Pay” as some will try to call it—is becoming a hub for all things related to Google and payments.

Anyway, be on the lookout for the update. I’m not seeing it yet across the various devices I have, but it looks like the release is imminent.


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12 responses to “Here Comes Google Pay”

  1. JacobTheDev

    I'm excited about this, it shows that Google is actually using some common sense and simplifying their product offerings. Hopefully they'll follow suit with their messaging apps.

  2. thalter

    Paul: It is ironic that you post this on the same day you lament about the feature bloat in Windows in your "Tyranny of Choice" article. This really illustrates the differences in approach between Google and Microsoft with regards to platform hygiene.

    • jrickel96

      In reply to thalter:

      I don't think Google thinks about platform hygiene much. Android is a mess. The surface looks better than the innards. Google Play Store is a dumpster fire. But this doesn't matter to Google. Google cares only about gathering data. That's how they make money. That's what this is about. Logged purchases allow for more data to be gathered.

  3. Bats

    I love paying by phone. I pretty much do it all the time now. It's fun, convenient, and you get a lot of strange looks from people after you do so. They have this "Wow...what did you just do?" look. 

    This past Christmas season, Google had a "Collect the Justice League" thing going on with Android Pay. After you finalize a purchase on your phone using the App, you "collect" a member of the Justice League. It was late in the season and I know the promo was soon to be over and I was just missing Superman to add to my collection. Then, at the mall, when I paid for something...BAM....Superman! Finally! I had a big smile on my face when it happened. It was so big, people waiting in line at the cash register, gave me that "What the heck are you smiling for?" look.  

    That's just the phone part, which I normally use for paying stuff. However, if I really want to show off, I use my Android Wear Watch. After watching so many travel vlogs on Youtube and seeing so many vloggers (like Kane and Pia) use their Apple Watch to pay for stuff, I decided to do the same thing, but with my Android smart watch. I used it for a business lunch once, when I forgot to get the company corporate card. LOL...after I paid for the lunch and amazed everybody, we stayed an hour longer at the restaurant, because of all the tech questions they were asking me as well as my "evangelizing."

    Anyway,...I am glad this is happening. I have money in my Google Wallet. So I guess that's all coming together. 

    So far, everytime I see the Apple Pay logo on store window, they have always accepted Android Pay, as well. 

  4. Nicholas Kathrein

    Two tabs is great. One for Android pay and one for Google wallet and it's one app instead of two. I think it's a great idea. Lets hope this forms Googles one true payment system that works everywhere, branded the same everywhere, and a payment options on the web.

  5. brettscoast

    Thanks for the heads up Paul this looks like a good update will be following closely

  6. Stooks

    Typical Google solution confusion. Android Pay, Google Wallet and now Google Pay.

    Now they need to clean up their message app confusion, Android messenger, Hangouts, Allo, Duo. Then Gmail/Inbox. Finally the YouTube, YouTube Red, YouTube Music, YouTube gaming, Youtube TV, Google Play video mess.

    Customs LOVE all the choices....but just can't figure out which one to pick.

  7. Albatross

    The app is still named Android Pay in my apps list, but if I open it the branding is all Google Pay. Maybe a two-step transition?

  8. jrickel96

    We'll see if they can fix the issues that exist from device to device. I always had problems with Android working on my Nexus and have seen issues on other Android devices. Vendors I've spoken to that take Apple Pay and Android pay have said there's a really high transaction failure rate on Android Pay. So there's a lot to fix.

    I've got a feeling this will hardly make a dent compared to what Apple has done. Android users are not very likely to try new things or want to store payment data on their phones. I've seen that in analytics data I get from apps installed. iPhone users are much more likely to spend money or try something new on the tech side.

    And how many Android handsets will have NFC? Most Android phones are cheap, so they are not feature rich.

  9. bleeman

    I've been using Samsung Pay for over a year now, since I purchased the Galaxy Note 5 and now use it on my Note 8. I've had no problems with it, and have been at several locations where they said they don't have phone support but it has worked without issue. Overall, it has been a very positive experience. I haven't bothered to look at Android Pay as Samsung Pay has been doing so well.

  10. dcdevito

    Google W̶a̶l̶l̶e̶t̶ + A̶n̶d̶r̶o̶i̶d̶ Pay = Google Pay

    Got it