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Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Here Comes Google Pay

Here Comes Google Pay

All of these are ways we've been working to make paying safer and easier for everyone, everywhere. Recently, the company announced that it would be merging its payment options under the same roof with "Google Pay", and that officially starts today.

When it comes to the differences, well, for the most part, it's just a new app with pretty much the same functionality aside from new branding, a new UI, and a new icon. Here's a closer look.

The Cards tab is an easy way to keep everything you need at checkout organized and at the ready.

If you can't wait, and you want to take the feature for a spin yourself right now, you can opt in to Google's beta-testing program here.

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Here Comes Google Pay

Google is also touting Google Pay as a way to pay for public transportation with a tap-and-go sequence of the smartphone on a turnstile scanner initially in the cities of Kiev, London and Portland, Oregon, with more cities added in the near future. Both services were independent of each other and didn't have what it takes to compete with what their competitors had to offer, for example, Samsung Pay and Apple Pay. In other words, it's got your back. If you already have the Android Pay app installed on your phone, all you have to do it wait for the update to hit and you will see all of the changes that Google has made to the app with the rebranding. So whether you're using desktop Chrome or your Google Home, you'll be able to use the cards that are saved to your Google Account. Now, Google is coming out with its own take. Although Android Pay and Google Wallet have now been unified, the latter service isn't yet available inside the Google Pay app.

You can also send/receive money to/from your friends via Google Pay. The layout has been redesigned, Google cards have been replaced with more dynamic Personalised feeds, updates from emails, calendar, and travel time show separately in the Upcoming section.

Business owners building sites themselves can work with Google partner Shopify to integrate Google Pay.

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