Google is making it easier than ever to spend all of your hard-earned cash shopping online. This is something most of us do on a regular basis, but shopping online isn’t always as simple and stress-free as it should be. Google thinks it has the answer in the form of Pay With Google.
There are so many online retailers who want your money these days it’s difficult to resist shopping online. Thankfully, there is an equally high number of ways to pay those retailers. The problem is you have to fill out your details for every single retailer. Which is where Pay With Google comes in…
With a Little Help From Google
Pay With Google is essentially a new payment option which will appear when you want to buy something from an online retailer. Google’s new offering will let you use any credit or debit card you have previously added to your Google account through Android Pay, Google Play, and YouTube, etc.
If you opt to Pay With Google, you can choose the card you want to use, and Google will send your payment information and shipping address to the merchant. The merchant will then take over, but with Google having saved you the time and effort of typing out all of your details again.
In a Google Blog post, Google’s Pali Bhat explains the thinking behind Pay With Google, saying, “If you’ve ever paid for something on your phone or tablet, you know just how frustrating checkout can be. Maybe you had to fill in a bunch of forms. Maybe your session timed out. Maybe you encountered an error and had to start all over again.”
Pay With Google should help prevent this minor annoyance from occurring, and make shopping online easier than ever. As Bhat explains, “Paying with Google makes checkout so fast and easy, you can make the most of every moment — whether you’re grabbing a dinner spot or a parking spot.”
Google’s new offering won’t yet work with every app on every platform. Instead, at launch, it’s available on Android apps such as Instacart, Kayak, DoorDash, Eat24, iFood, and Postmates, or on the web through Google Chrome. Other big-name online retailers are adding support soon.
Keeping Payment Information on File
This isn’t going to revolutionize online shopping, but it is a step forward for those of us who are sick and tired of filling out forms for every single app. And while it does mean keeping payment information on file, keeping it on file with one company surely beats keeping it on file with dozens of different companies. Any one of which could spring a leak at any moment.
What do you think of Pay With Google? Do you like the idea of Google storing your payment details? Or do you think this is a security nightmare in waiting? Can you see yourself using Pay With Google to save having to fill in another form? Please let us know in the comments below!