Google likes to throw things at the wall and see what sticks. After pushing Android Pay for mobile payments, and Google Wallet for online payments, the company seems ready to settle down. Today, the Android Pay mobile app is being replaced with Google Pay, which will merge both of the companies’ previous payment systems into one platform.
If you’ve ever used Google to pay for stuff on web sites, in stores, or in the Google Play Store, you’ll probably notice a slight change. However, the biggest shift today will be for Android users who use the Android Pay app. This app will be updated with a new design and icon, calling out the Google Pay branding. All of your old cards, accounts, and loyalty cards should still be in place.
In addition, the new app will show you a list of stores nearby where you can use Google Pay, and include a list of your recent transactions made with Google Pay. You don’t even have to install the app to use the new Google Pay with some apps like DoorDash and Airbnb. The company’s new API allows those services to give you the option to pay with the payment methods attached to your Google account even if you don’t have the app on your phone. You can wait for the new Google Pay app to roll out to your phone, or read more about it here.