Android Pay and Google Wallet Have Merged to Become 'Google Pay'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google today announced it has merged Android Pay and Google Wallet into one consolidated payments service called Google Pay.


    Over the coming weeks, Google said users will be able to use Google Pay online, in stores, and across Google products, and Google Wallet's existing peer-to-peer payment functionality will continue to be supported.

    Google Pay is already available in select first-party apps such as YouTube and Chrome, and in Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart, and select other third-party apps and websites on Android and in Chrome.

    Google Pay branding will be rolled out in apps, websites, and next to payment terminals in stores as Android Pay branding and decals are retired.

    Google Pay along with Samsung Pay are Apple Pay's biggest rivals among mobile payment services. Google Pay also competes with Apple's recently launched peer-to-peer payment service Apple Pay Cash in the United States.

    Article Link: Android Pay and Google Wallet Have Merged to Become 'Google Pay'
  2. mcfrazieriv macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2012
    Irvine, CA
    Oh yeah Google... do your best work. Rip off every detail until there's nothing unique about your products.
  3. NexusUser macrumors member


    Aug 24, 2016
    Apple Pay was a rip off of Google wallet which came out 2 years before... If you want to trash talk Google for the 3rd transformation of their payment platform in the last 5 years go for it but at least get your facts straight
  4. kuwxman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
    Good. Google Wallet was just kind of in this weird limbo mode. Nice to have everything 'Pay' related under one umbrella again.

    Curious if this means we'll be able to use Google Pay on the iPhone?
  5. aconnell11 macrumors newbie


    Feb 10, 2013
    Oshkosh, WI
    I used Google wallet on my Nexus S way back in 2011, so I'm not quite sure what you think they are ripping off
  6. LordDeath macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2013
    I don't think that $your_company_name+" Pay" does reach any threshold of originality. :rolleyes:
  7. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
    Now they need to do this with Hangouts ... and Allo ... and Duo ...

    Yeah it's been around for quite a while.
  8. Middiebear macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2010
    Whatever it takes to make these mobile payment systems more mainstream, accepted, and the preferred method of payment, I’d say the better.

    3 years after Apple Pay the payment system still is slowly catching on.

    I think Apple Pay/Google Pay is much more convenient, secure, & quicker than any physical card when completing a purchase. But there’s still a constant issue of which merchants accept mobile payments.

    The more tech companies come on board the easier and faster the adoption rate of actually utilizing the payment feature can be. As well as applying much needed pressure to the big retail holdouts like Walmart and Target to finally come on board too.
  9. aconnell11 macrumors newbie


    Feb 10, 2013
    Oshkosh, WI
    I legit don't get the point of Allo. It needs to be merged with sms a la an imessage type thing
  10. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
    I don't either. It's yet another Google app that needs to be merged and not a standalone app. I think it's their poor attempt at competing with iMessage or something. If they merge all this unnecessary crap together, they'd have a real shot at having a great iMessage alternative. If I could have iMessage for my iPhone using friends and just one app for all my Android using friends, it would be a way less painful experience.
  11. JediZenMaster, Jan 8, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2018

    JediZenMaster Suspended


    Mar 28, 2010
    The actual name of Pay! But considering you have Chase Pay, Samsung Pay, Walmart Pay etc Google decided to follow the leader with the branding.

    Also let me School you on this while both Android Pay and Apple Pay use tokenization google stores the credentials and the token in the cloud.

    Apple Pay does not because it’s kept in the secure enclaved on the device. Not exactly the same.

    Too bad they don’t copy the important things like being able to have storefronts where folks can get support for the various HW devices like Apple.
  12. Euge macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2006
    No, it wasn't. Apple Pay's implementation is completely different from Google Wallet. If it were the same, then why would Google Pay exist?
  13. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    This is a big problem. It like requiring customers to solve a puzzle before they can be customers. Some terminals have the NFC payment logo, some don't. Some have the logo but don't actually accept NFC. Some don't have a logo but do accept NFC. Some stores have branches with terminals that accept NFC but other branches have not be updated.

    And then when stores that previously did not support NFC start supporting it they don't really advertise it. It's like you put all that money into updating your terminals why wouldn't you sing about it on the roof top?
  14. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Time to update all Marketing collateral...
  15. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    That’s a rebranding. -_-
  16. Cryates macrumors 68020


    Nov 19, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    Lol do you really believe Apple were the first to contactless payments?
  17. glowplug macrumors member


    Jun 22, 2017
    I actively choose metchants based on Apple Pay support. It's great that Google is catching up, but I daresay they're going to be second string for a long time.
  18. TheColtr macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2014
    Nice google, because “google pay” is sooooo creative.
  19. EdT macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2007
    Omaha, NE
    No, Europe and parts of Asia with their NFC cards were doing this 10 years ago. I don’t know why North America is so fond of 30+ year old insecure technology but both customers and merchants are.
  20. BuffaloTF macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2008
    I think you're confusing an NFC function... with how blatantly ripped off from Apple Pay the entire UI of this thing is which extends well beyond NFC. It couldn't be more obvious.
  21. tmiw macrumors 68020

    Jun 26, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    My theory is that a lot of places actually would rather they didn't support it, which makes sense considering how much some hate taking cards in general.
  22. robbyx Suspended

    Oct 18, 2005
    This is why I don’t bother with Apple Pay. Until Apple Pay is accepted everywhere, like my Visa card, I can’t rely on it, so I just reach for my card.
  23. Strelok macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    United States
    This is one of the areas I give kudos to Samsung. They took contactless payments and improved on it/made it more convenient by making it work with magnetic strip readers, so basically it works anywhere.
  24. fairuz, Jan 8, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2018

    fairuz macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    I actively choose restaurants that are cash only (edit: or cash preferred) cause they're usually better
  25. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Please don't lump Canada in with the US. The only times I've swiped my card in the last several years are when I've crossed the border into the States. Pretty much every store here has tap to pay, and have had chip + PIN for around a decade.

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