Google Pay is reportedly working on incognito mode; a new APK teardown has revealed. That is probably the biggest change you would see in v2.94; but it is a pretty significant one at that.
Per Android Police, the incognito mode is being prepared for a future release. It could serve as a major turning point for the pay app as it would afford you the opportunity to make your payments in private without exposing your transaction history.
Incognito mode is an ideal feature when you want all your tracks covered—it simply makes shopping private. No one is too careful when it comes to protecting online activities, and the upcoming feature could very well be the icing on the cake.
Still on Google Pay, XDA Developers reports that notifications and SMS alerts have been added to the app in India to reduce scam. Recall that Pay was launched as Google Tez in India in 2017. The payment app was built on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform for mobile-based banking transactions in that country. It however, changed its name to Google Pay in 2018, and continues to grow in terms of features and user base. Adding notifications and SMS alerts will further strengthen the security of the app, and reduce scamming in India.
Google continues to expand access to its payment service; and just last month, the company announced a new update that enables you to access previously saved payment information in your Google Account. Shopping online just got easier because the process no longer requires you to sync your payment information between browsers on different platforms.
While synchronization of other information is not needed as the feature only deals with Google Pay information saved in your Google Account, you, however, need to enter your card’s CVC code to complete a transaction. As soon as the payment has been processed, a confirmation email from Google Pay will be sent to your inbox with all relevant details.
“When you’re signed into Chrome on your laptop, you’ll be able to use payment methods previously saved to your Google Account to fill in checkout forms. And you can use this feature without having to turn on Chrome sync. You’ll also be able to use the payment info you’ve saved in your Google Account across your devices in Chrome where you’re signed in, and wherever Google Pay is accepted,” Google says in a blog post.
That update also offers you the chance to manage your credit and debit card linked with your Google Account under the Account settings, according to Google.
Last June, Google Pay announced that PayPal will be further integrated into its app—this time around, merchants can choose to enable PayPal as a payment method in their Google Pay integration. This can be done in either of these ways—if Google Pay has already been implemented on their site, or by adding a small code change to the list of allowed payment methods.