Android Pay hasn't been able to consistently keep up with the global expansion rate of Samsung Pay and Apple Pay, despite technically launching just one month after the former digital wallet platform, but especially in this past year or so, the service has grown at a healthy pace, both in the United States and around the world. 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".
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Google Wallet, as it was originally known, allowed users to both send funds to one another, like Venmo or PayPal, and use their phone's NFC capabilities for tap-and-pay physical transactions.
Google has announced that it is collating all its payment systems, primarily Google Wallet and Android Pay, under one brand called Google Pay. Google has announced that "Google Pay" will soon be everywhere. Google Pay already works with sites like Airbnb, Dice, HungryHouse, Fandango, and more sites will likely add support in the coming future. The unified Google Pay brand will also help Google advance its platform more quickly, without needing to worry about maintaining two separate apps. "We can't wait to share more".
Consumer adoption of mobile payments over the last few years has been tepid at best, and Google has done plenty to muddy the waters by calling its first concept Google Wallet in 2011, only to downgrade it a few years later to function merely as a P-to-P payments tool. For now, however, it doesn't sound as if much is changing - just the name.
Google, in all its infinite wisdom, is yet to come up with a single, unified platform for payments.