Android Pay retired to make way for new Google Pay app

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The new Google Pay app for Android is rolling out to replace Android Pay on your smartphone. New users will get the Google Pay app and existing Android Pay users will see an update shortly.

Google are updating their payment solutions across all platforms to the new branding, but up until now Android Pay had kept it’s old name. Confusing branding isn’t a great strategy so it’s no surprise that the new branding for Google’s payment app will be rolled out.

The big benefits of Google Pay are fast, simple checkout, easy access to rewards and offers and one place for purchases, passes, and payment methods. Now these benefits will come to Android as well as when you’re shopping in the Chrome browser or on Google Home with Google Assistant.

This isn’t a simply logo change, Google Pay’s new Home tab shows your recent purchases, find nearby stores including your favourites that you’ve visited before as well as easy access to rewards, and get helpful tips.

Google Pay Android App

Integration of Google Send

There will be more features to the Google Pay app. If you live in the U.S. or the UK, you’ll be able to use it to send and request money within the next few months. In the meantime, the Wallet app is now called Google Pay Send, and has been re-skinned to the Google Pay branding.

Will eBay accept Google Pay?

Anyone can integrated Google Pay into their website checkout flow for both Chrome users on desktop as well as mobile. With well over 50% of eBay sales taking place on mobile devices, making payments effortless and easy has always been a top priority but until now PayPal has been the default. Whilst PayPal is widely accepted around the world, Google Pay has the advantage that anyone with an Android mobile will have a Google account and the app is likely to be pre-installed and as Google grows their user base it (and Apple Pay) are an obvious addition to eBay’s payment options.

One of the advantages of Google Pay is that they don’t store payment credentials, when a payment is initiated Google securely passes the credentials to the finance institution (your bank or credit card company) who process the payment. For eBay, this would mean you’re effectively able to pay with your bank or credit card with saved credentials without needing to open an e-money account.

eBay’s aim in moving to Adyen as their primary payments processor is to offer buyers more choice in how they pay and expanding payment options into more geographies. They specifically mentioned in their announcement their focus on providing consumers greater choice in payment options at checkout. Google Pay would seem an obvious addition to payment options on the marketplace.

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