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Google Pay Is Google’s New Alternative to Cash

Dave Parrack 09-01-2018

Google is integrating all of its various payment tools into one cohesive solution. Google Pay is the new brand under which Google Wallet, Android Pay Is Android Pay Better Than Your Contactless Credit Card? If you want to take advantage of wireless payments, your two best options are Android Pay or your contactless credit card, but which is better? Read More , and more will all operate. Which means that from now on you’ll only have to give your payment information to Google once. Simples.


Google is such a vast company in charge of multiple products and services that just occasionally things can get slightly messy. Which is the case with Google’s digital payment solutions. However, the company is finally bringing all of its various payment tools together as Google Pay.

Simpler, Safer, and More Consistent

Google Pay will replace the likes of Android Pay and Google Wallet, at least in name. The features of these existing tools will remain pretty much the same, but they will be branded as Google Pay, and work as one cohesive solution. Which should save lots of confusion, as well as wasted time.

While announcing the change on The Keyword, Google states that it been “working to make these experiences simpler, safer, and more consistent” over the past year. The result is Google Pay, a brand you can expect to see more and more over the next few months as partners join the ranks.

At launch, Google Pay is available on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, and Instacart, as well as some other unnamed website and apps. To encourage people to start using Google Pay sooner rather than later Google is offering money off when you spend certain amounts on certain apps.


In a nutshell, Google Pay means that you’ll only have to save your payment information to your Google account once, and the company will do the rest. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re buying apps from Google Play, paying for things online Pay With Google Makes It Easier to Shop Online Pay With Google should make it easier than ever to spend all of your hard-earned cash shopping online. Because what we all need to do more of is shop online. /sarcasm Read More or in store, or signing up for YouTube Red Is YouTube Premium Worth the Cost? 7 Things You Need to Consider Is YouTube Premium's cost worth it? We look into the pros and cons of YouTube's paid version. Read More .

Forging a Seamless Experience for Users

This is a good move by Google, and one that was a little overdue. Branding is important, and so is offering a seamless experience for the users actually using the service(s) you’re providing. By bringing everything together under the Google Pay brand Google has made things a lot simpler.

Have you previously used Android Pay, Google Wallet, or any other Google payment tool? If so, what do you think of Google Pay? Are you glad to see Google finally offering a one-stop-shop solution? Or are you unlikely to notice the difference? Please let us know in the comments below!

Related topics: Google, Google Pay, Google Wallet, Mobile Payment.

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  2. Jack
    January 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Can I assume Google Pay will be connected to one's bank account? I have been using Samsung Pay, connected to my credit cards, for about a year. It is a great idea that still needs some work, though. There are still a few registers (like Lowe's) that it may take as many as four tries for it to work. Walgreeens and others, it works perfectly.

    • ReadandShare
      January 10, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      You can link a debit card that ties to your bank account, but no direct link to the bank account itself.

      • Jack
        January 11, 2018 at 2:02 pm

        My bad. Thanks for the info. It's something of which I should have been aware. But, since I do not use a debit card ...

  3. ReadandShare
    January 9, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    I like the convenience of Google Pay. Too bad the vast majority of stores, including many large chains, are still not set up for Google Pay.

    • Talia
      January 10, 2018 at 5:09 am

      Yes and it will be wonderful no use right now does it connect to prepaid credit cards

    • Talia
      January 10, 2018 at 5:10 am

      Does it connect to netspend?