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Google Merges Wallet, Android Pay into Google Pay

Google Merges Wallet, Android Pay into Google Pay

"Some consumers may think this is a totally new payment platform, but in-store mobile payment usage is low anyway, so the largest potential impact will be with online sales, and that's where Google is trying to compete against Amazon, PayPal and the card networks", Pucci said.

The search giant has announced it is expanding the reach of Google Wallet's integration with Gmail, meaning that people in the United Kingdom will now be able to quickly and securely send money to friends and family in the United Kingdom directly within desktop Gmail - even if the recipient doesn't have a Gmail address.

Instead of having two different payment methods, Google decided it was time to combine both Android Pay and Google Wallet into one service. That being the case, if Google already has your payment info, you'll be able to purchase goods and services with a simple click, similar to the Apple Pay feature on the iPhone.

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Acevedo said on Twitter earlier Sunday that the situation was "contained" and there were no specific threats to Houston . It comes as cities across the USA and around the world step up security for New Year's Eve celebrations.

"With Google Pay, it'll be easier for you to use the payment information saved to your Google Account, so you can speed through checkout with peace of mind", wrote Pali Bhat, VP of Product Management, Payments at Google in a blog post.

Google says "over the coming weeks, you'll see Google Pay online, in store, and across Google products, as well as when you're paying friends".

The rebranding effort is already underway, with some existing users already witnessing the Google Pay rebranding at several locations. Those include Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse and Instacart. Basically, the same way you pay for things now will continue, except it'll all be called Google Pay.

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