The second I saw this story pop into my email, I thought, This thing will either be called Google Pay or Android Wallet I was right! Google Pay it is, and we are seeing it right now!
Android Pay was Google’s answer to Apple Pay, and you could use it on phones that supported NFC to pay for stuff with your phone. Google Wallet was Google’s short-lived PayPal competitor. Wallet used to have a debit card to give themselves an edge over PayPal, but that was terminated, and PayPal now (ironically) have teamed up with MasterCard to produce their own debit and credit cards. You can apply for one here, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.
Google are now bringing Google Wallet back and combing it with Android Wallet. What is it. It’s pretty much PayPal that you can use to pay at supermarkets as well as on the web
To get started, go to payments.google.com and, if you don’t have one already on file, add your credit card. I highly reccommend getting started, because to get Google Pay off the ground, Google have provided some deals for, er, motivational reasons. If you spend $50 or more at B&H using Google Pay before the 31st, you’ll get $10 off. If you buy a ticket from Fandago with Google Pay before the 18th and use the promo code “GooglePay2018” you’ll get $5 off. And if you spend more than $35 on Instacart with the Instacart app, using Google Pay and before the 16th, you’ll get $10 off.
Compatibillity-wise, I’m gonna come out and say it: Google pay isn’t nearly as versatile as PayPal (yet). However, there is an API as well as some launch integrations (HungryHouse, AirBNB, Fandango, Instacart, Dice and “other apps you love” according to Google). As well as this, you can use Google Pay at any card terminals that support contactless cards, as long as your phone has an NFC chip.
Are you excited for Google Pay? Would you use it over PayPal? Please let us know in the comments!