Google to introduce Android Pay at May's I/O, still not going for full-on mobile payments

Google to introduce Android Pay at May's I/O, still not going for full-on mobile payments
Citing sources close to the matter, ArsTechnica reports that Google will launch an all new payment system - Android Pay - at its Google I/O conference this May. Reportedly, the platform will power in-store and in-app payments. It will allow app creators to add a mobile payments option to their products, enabling users to upload credit and debit card information into the service for single-tap in-app transactions.

Indeed, this doesn't sound any different than Google Wallet, but it's is an entirely new API built from the ground-up with Android developers in mind. Wallet will continue its existence as a separate service, but it will be supported by Android Pay as well, meaning existing Wallet accounts will be easily linked to Android Pay-enabled apps.

So far, the main customer advantage of Android Pay seems to be the option to bypass Google Wallet if one prefers not to register their bank card with it. But it seems Google won't be dipping its toes deeper into mobile payments the way Apple (with Apple Pay), and allegedly and Samsung (which recently acquired LoopPay) are doing. However, the big G did buy key SoftCard assets a few days ago, consisting of "some exciting technology" and intellectual property. So it seems Google won't be late to the mass mobile payments game - it's just waiting to jump in.

source: ArsTechnica

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4 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5806; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope they dont actually call it Android Pay, I know for devs and that Google Wallet will be 4 years old by then, but still sounds too much like Apple Pay copy At least call it the Android Wallet APIs

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Google Wallet, Android Pay are just names. I don't think it will be well receive because of a better sounding name. Google has to provide the right carrots to make people want to use their payment service.

3. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Android Pay is an API for Android developers to implement their own payment service. Outside of tech crowd knowing about it most people won't ever hear that name. Wallet is still Google's payment service and the only name consumers will hear.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Thanks for the explaination.

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