What you need to know
- Google today started rolling out an upgrade to the Google Pay app in the U.S..
- This overhaul brings it the design and feature set in line with the Google Pay experience the company just launched in India.
- Google now more clearly highlights rewards, peer-to-peer payments, and support for retailers.
Google today announced a more powerful Google Pay app today. It's coming first to the U.S., though the company has plans for a worldwide launch.
Pre-empting Google's announcement, however, was an early access app page gone live prior to the launch that showed off all the new things Google later confirmed (via 9to5Google).
First, the app will be completely redesigned. It'll match the Google Pay experience that Google ships in India in terms of looks, and it will now more clearly highlight peer-to-peer payment support upfront. This means that you'll be able to see the friends and family that already use Google Pay, similar to how online-only banking apps like Monzo handle it. As with the old app, Google will show you businesses that can accept Google Pay and other contactless payments, as well as a new page that shows you past transactions.
Aside from that, the updated Google Pay app will let you pay for parking and gas from supported retailers. Google will likely share which ones you can expect this from at its launch event.
Naturally, you'll find all the usual features in this redesigned Google Pay app. This includes NFC payments, loyalty cards support, and so on.
Cognizant of its reputation when itcab comes to privacy, Google made sure to stress that Google Pay would not be used to target ads to you.
Writing in a blog post, Google's Caesar Sengupta, General Manager and VP, Payments and Next Billion Users said:
Finally, the Google Pay app is getting one of Google's controversial new four-color logos. Even if the icon is unfamiliar to you at first, at the very least you'll be struck by a feeling that this is definitely an app from Google that does something.
As noted above, the new Google Pay app is rolling out first to the U.S.
Uhhhh, about that icon..... meh, I'll forget how it looks soon enuff....
And yet they still won't accept my Citi card because it is co-branded with American Airlines. Until they end this crap and accept any valid card, it'll continue to fail.
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