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RIP, Android Pay: Google replaces beloved mobile payment system

RIP, Android Pay: Google replaces beloved mobile payment system

Google rolled out today a new Google Pay on Android that brings Google Pay to all Google products, including Chrome and Google Assistant.

Still, it would also show up as Google Pay on the Play Store as well, which means that it's all fine and dandy. Google objective is that users have a consistent checkout experience using the cards saved in Google Account. Upon checkout, you'll be given the option to use said cards to avail discounts.

As you'd expect, this new update keeps all of Android Pay's best features, including a security feature which uses a different card number from your actual card when shopping in stores. Rather than process payments, the Google Pay API will pass the credentials to a payments processor such as Braintree or Stripe. The "Cards" tab is where you store all your credit, debit, gift, and reward cards.

But the feature is not here yet; Google Pay merely lays the foundation. This includes inside retail stores and on selected public transit networks in cities such as Kiev, London and Portland.

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While Google has rebranded its Wallet app (which lets you to send and request money) as Google Pay Send for now, this feature will eventually be baked into Google Pay as well. However, you can expect this feature soon if you live in the U.S. or the United Kingdom, as the company has said that users in these countries will be able to send and request money through the app within the next few months. Android Pay's interface was incredibly simple, but functional as well.

If you already have the Android Pay app installed, it appears you won't need to do anything.

Today represents just the first step in Google Pay's big rollout. From the likes of Apple and Samsung creating their own payment apps (Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, respectively) to a plethora of third-party mobile wallets like Paytm, PayPal, AliPay, etc., everybody wants to cash in on the potential of the mobile payments ecosystem. According to Google, Google Pay is not working with iPhones.