Google Pay is getting even better with some cool additions—users can make payments on the web as Google announces 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.
We’re starting to roll out Google Pay on the web from desktop and iOS—which means you’ll start seeing it when you’re shopping on browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, no matter your device, Gerado Capiel Product Management Director, Consumer Payments at Google wrote in a blog post.
The 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.
Currently only in 20 countries, Google Pay is poised to get even stronger with this move—one that will give Apple Pay a run for the money. Apple Pay as you already know, works on both mobile and desktop. Though, it could take some time before the desktop version gets its footings correctly, there is no doubt that Google has made a good decision to extend it to browsers.
You will only need to enter your card once to Google Pay—and that means you won’t have to repeat the process when checking out in an app or on a site for the first time. Google Pay 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.
Now to the next big step—getting merchants to agreed to add the new ‘Buy with Google Pay’ button to their checkout forms. That could be a big task, but I strongly believe that Google is up to the task.
Last January, Google unified Android Pay and Google Wallet into a single app/service called Google Pay. Google Pay, according to the Mountain View California-based tech giant is available on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart, and other apps and websites.
Some of the features of the Google Pay service include:
- Cards tab: The Cards tab is an easy way to keep everything you need at checkout organized and at the ready. This tab is where you will be able to store your credit and debit cards, loyalty programs, offers, and even that stack of gift cards from last year’s birthday.
- Works in transit: You can use the app to make payments while in transit. It currently will work in cities like Kiev, London, and Portland, but Google plans to add more cities soon.
- Encryption: Google Pay comes with strong security protections to safeguard your account and personal data from security threats.
- Bank details are protected: Choose Google Pay at checkout and pay with a few quick clicks instead.