Today Google announced that they are consolidating their payment platforms, notably Android Pay and Google Wallet, into a single, unified structure being branded as Google Pay. In the announcement from Pali Bhat, VP of Product Management, Payments for Google, he notes that the company has been working to make purchasing experiences “simpler, safer, and more consistent.” The fruit of that work is the new Google Pay platform.
According to Google’s announcement, payment information will be saved to a user’s Google Account and then made available to the Google Pay platform. The new Google Pay will be available across all Google products, through vendors who accept it whether online or in store at physical locations, or even to move money between private individuals.
No doubt because they probably helped test the new platform, Google notes that Google Pay is already available through a handful of services. Those include Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse and Instacart.
Google is inviting developers to check out their Payment Solutions site for more information on how to implement Google Pay and how to coordinate with a processor partner to make things even easier.
Bhat notes that the consolidation of payment platforms into a single brand “is just the first step for Google Pay.”