Forgive me, but isn't this what Google Wallet was, at one point? Then at some point Google Wallet was split out into Android Pay. And now it's Google Pay? It's made all the worse by the fact that these names/logos/etc are reflected on actual physical hardware distributed to stores around the world. Those old names aren't going anywhere soon.
Google has done this so many times now (Hangouts/Allo/Messenger, anyone?) that I wonder if there is anyone behind the wheel any more.
- cards listed are only viewable as huge generic CC images and you can't customize either the image or even give it a name. Why this terrible skeuomorphic mess? I have different cards for different types of purchases and they all look identical and I have to scroll through them because they are huge. WTF?
- When making payments there is no quick way to select which card you want to pay with. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who sometimes uses different personal cards, credit vs debit, or company vs personal. WTF??
- There is no user purchase validation step! I just swipe my phone and transaction is done. I get this is the same as using a CC but in theory there is such a huge opportunity to improve the experience. How about popping up a thing where I confirm the purchase, even add a tip or sign for some purchases? WTF???
- Pretty much zero updates for years. WTF google????
Honestly any of these issue are almost deal breakers but I do use it mainly because I get a geeky thrill out of it still when it works. Are some of these limitations imposed by the CC companies and banks? Like Wells Fargo saying they'll only participate if Google uses the exact full size card image? Or is this just an example of insanely bad UX in a totally dysfunctional product team? I have no idea but the current app is mind-blowingly crappy.
Buyer beware. Your one Google account is trendils into everything. For example: I uploaded some clips of an old 90s show and got flagged for copyright. Now I can't upload/comment/sign into Youtube.
How does this affect Google Pay? What about Google Domains? Bleh. I don't really like all-in-accounts anymore. Much rather have separate silo'd accounts.
Google's payment solutions are shockingly diverse. Google Checkout, Google Wallet, Android Pay, and now Google Pay. Checkout failed so they replaced it with Google Wallet; Wallet failed and they replaced it with Android Pay.
The Google Pay API developer site https://developers.google.com/payments/ has the audacity to call it "The newest way to pay with Google." I wouldn't be surprised to see yet another brand (and yet another API) within the next three years.
They're not stupid, surely they must know that constant change and fragmentation of their products just weakens thier offer to the consumer?
Whats their gameplan? Are they just throwing as much as they can against the wall to see what sticks, a survival of the fittest attitute to their apps?
Their lack of customer service makes me cringe at the idea of paying through them.
The toughest part of immigrating from Canada to the U.S. was figuring out the mess that was Google Play Store, Google Wallet, Google Payment Profiles, and Google Pay to get myself recognized as being in the U.S. and thus able to download U.S.-only apps.
I think I've only seen one person pay with Apple Pay in the last four years. It was at Walgreens. Maybe I'm missing something obvious but please do tell me HN readers do you use Apple Pay or Android pay at all ? and if you do use it how often every month?
Are they trying to manage their projects with some kind of AI? Google works in mysterious ways and I don’t understand most of what they do outside of Google search.
They shouldn't keep renaming products, especially when they don't control the ecosystem. I know a few apps and many merchants that still have Google Wallet branding - which should have been updated to Android Pay two years ago. Now there is another layer of confusion.
Why did Google cut Android Pay out of Wallet if they were just going to do this? It's as if Google's consumer product teams all turn over every 2 years and each one reverses the vision of unity vs fragmented, specialized, self-competing products, executes their vision, and then leaves...
Glad they've finally started to recognize app duplication as a problem for consumers.
How many messaging apps does Google have again? I can't keep track.
I am at least happy they are going to stop abusing the "Android" brand. Android became popular primarily because it offered an open source solution that manufacturers and phone byers could heavily customize (you can argue whether that's a good idea, but that was its main value proposition nonetheless). That Google took as a brand and then started exploiting it to push products that are entirely closed and have no real connection whatsoever to the actual core value proposition associated with Android has always irked me.
The screenshots look like they did a find and replace apple logo with the G logo...
Probably makes it easier for all the merchants who might be getting tired of all this repackaging and rebranding
This bit is a little buried, but it's the biggest win IMO:
> With Google Pay, it’ll be easier for you to use the payment information saved to your Google Account
On the web/in Android apps this allows you to pay with any credit card stored on your Google account. If you're on an Android device you can use your Android Pay card as well. Both with the same API for an ecommerce website or app.
One thing to consider: Google Pay, at least now, checks if bootloader is unmodified. This means it wont't work for you on many devices if you prefer installing pure android (like AOSP) instead of vendor provided. Uniting online payments under one google Pay umbrella will make experience for such people (me including) worse. Would be nice if Googlers would consider this.
Hey Google, You got your fingers in too much of my life already. I'm going to avoid you also being my bank.
Has Google said what they do with the information they collect when people use Google Pay? Does it get added to my profile? I don't see anything under "My Account" on the Google website.
How does this relate to Samsung Pay? If a retailer takes Google Pay do they automatically take SamsungPay with Samsung phones? Or vice versa?
FYI, linked from the post is a support article for
"Get $5 off your Fandango tickets with Google Pay" and others
Is it just me who read it as Google Play instead of Pay?
Across their diverse payment solution names, they actually have all the tech to build a Stripe competitor. Looks like they finally got their act together (hopefully!).
Glad they're doing this. I found myself wondering just last week, "Do I want Google Pay or Google Wallet? Which is which? Can one hold my library card bar code?"
I'll stick with Samsung Pay since it actually works with legacy credit card swipe machines.
Does this offer anything above existing solutions like Apple Pay or Samsung Pay?
I wonder if a payment service provider is using google as their cloud. If so, they should consider moving !
Will this work on ios? I’m using wallet and it would be great to continue using it.
So another google service we can't access from China.
For Google products please always put in the title if it is new product or discontinued product, thanks.
I'm not surprised there's yet another rebranding in Google world. You can pretty much track rebranding, not based on features or coherency, but rather someone being promoted. And on top of it, the Peter Principle has been thrown out the window so we get shit that's constantly being replaced with different shit, because when you're not improving Ux the only thing left to make your job relevant is to make the Ux different.
The alt attribute text for the large "G Pay" logo is not "Google Pay" as one would expect but the cheerful "Google Pay Lockup". Who or what is being locked up is up for you to decide.
Does it work for Brazilian merchants?
Sticky header and sticky footer. Only 60% of my screen is being used for the article content...
You know what bothers me about giants like Google? They can absolutely suck at delivering an app or service for many years but because of their vast resources, they can keep throwing people and money at their projects until something sticks. Makes it very difficult for even very competent startups to compete against them.
I might start caring about Google/Apple pay if they add support for Bitcoin and lightning network payments. Until then, there's really nothing new or innovative to be seen here.