Was not quite long-ago Google replaced Android Pay with Google Pay and also unified Wallet to make its new product more competitive with other rival services. Things are now beginning to take a better shape as the app now boasts of a set of newly added features to make it a one-stop payment app—Google Pay is adding peer-to-peer payments, boarding passes, tickets and even more.
The peer-to-peer payments feature along with online payments supports in all browsers and several other features were this week announced by Google during the Google I/O event. Per TechCrunch, the tech giant is also bringing support for tickets and boarding passes in the app’s APIs.
The p2p support for now, will only be available in select markets—the US and the UK. This is consistent with how Google launches its new products and features—a small rollout usually precedes a global rollout.
Along with the p2p payments feature soon to be rolled out, you will soon be able to manage all your payment methods in your Google account.
“In an upcoming update of the Google Pay app, we’re going to allow you to manage all the payment methods in your Google account – not just the payment methods that you used to pay in-store,” said Gerardo Capiel, Product Management lead at Google Pay per TechCrunch. “And even better, we’re going to provide you with a holistic view of all your transactions – whether they be on Google apps and services, such as Play and YouTube, whether they be with third-party merchants, such as Walgreens and Uber, or whether they’re transactions you’ve made to friends and families via our peer-to-peer service,” Capiel said.
A few weeks back, Google announced that users can make payments on the web as it announced a desktop version. Not only will you be able to check out on shopping sites, you will also be able to send and receive money using a credit or debit card or even your PayPal account.
That announcement covers popular browsers like Chrome [unsurprisingly], Safari, and of course, Firefox. Google Pay will also work on your iPhone’s browser, but not until you have set up your account on any of the supported desktop browsers.
Google Pay is currently only available in 20 countries, but that is expected to change as the company continues to consider expansion.
Cards only need to be entered once to Google Pay—which means you won’t have to repeat the process when checking out in an app or on a site for the first time. The service can automatically fill in your billing, shipping, and payment information when checking out on Chrome. In a nutshell, you won’t have to bother about filling those forms again.
According to Google, Google Pay has surpassed 100 million downloads in the Google Play Store; and can only continue to grow with the addition of more useful features.