Google Pay launches today, but its most important feature is not here yet

Google Pay launches today, but its most important feature is not here yet

Google Pay, the unified payments service that wants to simplify things by bundling all of Mountain View's different services together, is launching today. This much-needed streamlining bundles together the two major payment services that the company has in tow - Android Pay for online payments and Google Wallet for peer-to-peer payments with US or UK cards or bank accounts.

The Pay with Google API, which allows easier payment data input, is also bundled into Google Pay.

In case you have Android Pay on your phone, you won't need to do anything, as a software update should automatically rebrand it to Google Pay. For some users this doesn't seem to be the case and the app would still appear as Android Pay in their app lists. 

Still, it would also show up as Google Pay on the Play Store as well, which means that it's all fine and dandy. Meanwhile, Google Wallet is temporarily getting rebranded as Google Play Send until it gets slowly integrated within Google Pay. Sounds a bit confusing, we know. 

However, the app's possibly most important functionality is not out. Peer-to-peer payments between users seem to be a big no-no at the moment, but this important feature is coming to the US and the UK in the following months. Alas, we will have to wait before we could test out Google Pay in its full glory.

With that in mind, it will take Google Pay a while before it could really have the gal of calling itself a complete payments service.

source: Google




1. TerryD

Posts: 553; Member since: May 09, 2017

'Google Pay’s launches' - Google Pay launches? 'different service together' - services? 'This much-neede streamlining' - needed? Come on guys. 3 mistakes in 3 sentences including the title. Get a grip. Thats very poor!

3. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

And they have the 'gal' to think no one would notice it. ;)

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I would imagine google pay will cause some issue internationally... why not just keep android pay and integrate google wallet in to it... ugh who pushes the button over there at google?

4. Venom

Posts: 3684; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Samsung Pay still has it beat because of MST.

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1238; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Not really problem is America should have nfc readers in all retail stores and once that happens the MST will be useless. Haven't used MST in 2yrs most stores have the chip readers now.

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1238; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Google do the same with all your messaging apps unfi them please.

7. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I agree with Venow. Until Google has MST it's a non-starter. Samsung Pay is the best new feature on a smart phone. I use it all over the world.

9. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

And I've also seen it fail right before my doesn't work everywhere.

8. gjkiii

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

Still feel Samsung pay is the best

10. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

The major flaw is only being available on one Australian bank.

11. zzzzony

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 27, 2018

What do you mean one? A bunch of them are supported, including ANZ, CBA and Westpac.

12. jameslapc

Posts: 9; Member since: May 26, 2014

Doesn't work with rooted devices therefore it's useless for me.

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