February 22, 2018
Google is continuing with a rebrand that will bring all its payment tools under the Google banner. This week, the company rolled out its new Google Pay payment app that combines the functionality of Android Pay (in-store and in-app payments with a linked payment card) and some of the functionality of Google Wallet (which used to be the payment app that evolved into Android Pay, but was converted solely to a P2P payment service).
All of the company’s payment services were united in January under the name Google Pay. This week’s announcement converts the last major holdout—Android Pay—to the new branding. The newly redesigned app also has a home page that indicates stores near you where you can use Google Pay. Google Pay now enables users to link credit, debit and loyalty cards, but if you want to send money to another user, you still need a separate Google Pay Send app (the Google Wallet P2P functionality). U.S. and U.K. users, however, will be able to send money with Google Pay “within the next few months.”