Google unites its Apple Pay alternatives under Google Pay banner

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Google on Monday introduced Google Pay, bringing together Android Pay and Google Wallet, two previously split platforms.




At the moment, the change is mostly a rebranding that will take place "over the coming weeks," Google indicated in a blog post. People will see a "G Pay" logo appear in Android apps, on websites, and at retail checkouts.

Some services that have already made the transition include Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, and Instacart.

The rebranding is "just the first step" for Google Pay, according to Google's VP of product management for payments, Pali Bhat.

The company is presumably looking to consolidate its position -- and raise awareness -- in the face of Apple Pay. While Apple is still working to get more U.S. merchants, most domestic banks and credit unions have signed on, and the platform is continuing to expand overseas.

Apple Pay has always had unified branding, but initially launched just for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Oct. 2014. Since then it has come to iPads, Macs, other iPhones, and the Apple Watch.
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  • Reply 1 of 30
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 1,694member
    "Apple Pay has always had unified branding"
    Except now they also have Apple Pay Cash, which I think adds an unnecessary complexity to the brand.
  • Reply 2 of 30
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 3,954member
    "Google Pay"

    Such originality. /s
    SpamSandwichjbdragonRobPalmer9StrangeDayslostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 30
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 17,786member
    In hindsight I would imagine Google wishes they had branded this way to begin with. As one of the Android blogs puts it:

    "Google was the first to bring mobile NFC payments to phones, which it called Google Wallet. Later, it swapped in the Android Pay branding. When you think about it, that wasn't a very versatile brand for mobile payments. Now, Google is giving it a third (and hopefully final) shot with Google Pay. This will be the name for Google's payment platform when making payments via NFC in stores, online at retailers, in the Play Store, and in other Google apps."

    Maybe they've stumbled around enough to finally get there...
    edited January 8 RobPalmer9
  • Reply 4 of 30
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 28,368member
    Because Google Wallet was such a winner...
    lostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 30
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 28,368member
    "Apple Pay has always had unified branding"
    Except now they also have Apple Pay Cash, which I think adds an unnecessary complexity to the brand.
    Apple Pay Cash should be accessible through Apple Pay, not just through the Messages app... Or is it already?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 30
    BluntBlunt Posts: 158member
    Google has a lot of smart guys but they suck hard at branding.
    SpamSandwichVRingRobPalmer9watto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 7 of 30
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 17,786member
    Blunt said:
    Google has a lot of smart guys but they suck hard at branding.
    Yes they do.
    SpamSandwichRobPalmer9
  • Reply 8 of 30
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,377member
    Blunt said:
    Google has a lot of smart guys but they suck hard at branding.
    Reminds me of Steve's view on MS:

    The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don't mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don't think of original ideas, and they don't bring much culture into their products.

    RobPalmer9StrangeDaysSpamSandwichlostkiwiwatto_cobrajony0lolliver
  • Reply 9 of 30
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 3,954member
    Blunt said:
    Google has a lot of smart guys but they suck hard at branding.
    So does NASA which included the rocket scientists responsible for the botched orbiter crash when they mixed up Metric and Imperial measurements.
  • Reply 10 of 30
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 1,579member
    So this is really just more Google trying to be like Apple!!! They dropped their lower cost Nexus phones, for High priced Pixel phones, priced like iPhones, yet getting less. Less storage space. No headphones, etc. Apple doesn't call it iOS Pay, it's Apple Pay, Samesung Pay is a copy, Google had to follow along and do Google Pay. Personally I don't really care. If anything I think it would piss off company's making Android phones. Because there's not enough Google Branding on their phones already that they have to have front and center. Now it's Google Pay on LG, Motorola and other phones instead of just Android Pay which is a little more Generic on their phones then outright GOOGLE. But it's Unifying things here. How about they Unify the whole Messaging mess Google has created.
    RobPalmer9watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 30
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 17,786member
    jbdragon said:
    So this is really just more Google trying to be like Apple!!! 
    That's not a bad thing. 
    jony0
  • Reply 12 of 30
    tzeshantzeshan Posts: 1,589member
    gatorguy said:
    jbdragon said:
    So this is really just more Google trying to be like Apple!!! 
    That's not a bad thing. 
    Yes, but it is a shame. The most respected company in the world could not make innovative things so other companies can follow.  Instead the most respected company in the world is just a follower. 
  • Reply 13 of 30
    tzeshan said:
    gatorguy said:
    jbdragon said:
    So this is really just more Google trying to be like Apple!!! 
    That's not a bad thing. 
    Yes, but it is a shame. The most respected company in the world could not make innovative things so other companies can follow.  Instead the most respected company in the world is just a follower. 
    Who said Google was the most respected company in the world? 
    lostkiwiwatto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 14 of 30
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,280member
    This is not new but the pre-school colored logo tells us Alphabet/Google is as innocent as a toddler... oh, and wants to track us from birth.
    lostkiwiwatto_cobrajony0lolliver
  • Reply 15 of 30
    tzeshantzeshan Posts: 1,589member
    tzeshan said:
    gatorguy said:
    jbdragon said:
    So this is really just more Google trying to be like Apple!!! 
    That's not a bad thing. 
    Yes, but it is a shame. The most respected company in the world could not make innovative things so other companies can follow.  Instead the most respected company in the world is just a follower. 
    Who said Google was the most respected company in the world? 
    https://www.barrons.com/articles/the-winners-alphabet-apple-and-amazon-com-1496463242
  • Reply 16 of 30
    Google’s primary concern isn’t Apple Pay. It’s Samsung pay. Especially the ease of using Samsung pay from a Gear S3 smartwatch. None of the android wear watches even come close to the Samsung product. It’s a big problem for Google over the long term. Because Samsung is moving over to Tizen. 

    Since the majority of people on the Android are using Samsung devices and therefore using Samsung pay, this is a big problem for Google. Especially with the paltry demand for the Pixel and the ongoing developments at Samsung which are beginning to rout the rest of the smartphone industry with respect to hardware. 

    When google pay fails as it will because of Samsung’s dominance, Google will try to rebrand it again. Maybe Alphabet Pay?
    1STnTENDERBITSlostkiwiGG1lolliver
  • Reply 17 of 30
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 17,786member
    Google’s primary concern isn’t Apple Pay. It’s Samsung pay. Especially the ease of using Samsung pay from a Gear S3 smartwatch. None of the android wear watches even come close to the Samsung product. It’s a big problem for Google over the long term. Because Samsung is moving over to Tizen. 

    Since the majority of people on the Android are using Samsung devices and therefore using Samsung pay, this is a big problem for Google. Especially with the paltry demand for the Pixel and the ongoing developments at Samsung which are beginning to rout the rest of the smartphone industry with respect to hardware. 

    When google pay fails as it will because of Samsung’s dominance, Google will try to rebrand it again. Maybe Alphabet Pay?
    How many years now have you been promoting the "Google is Doomed" and Samsung will conquer all message?  Samsung Pay does make a nice balance to the Bixby fail tho. :)
    edited January 8 jony0
  • Reply 18 of 30
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 28,368member
    Google’s primary concern isn’t Apple Pay. It’s Samsung pay. Especially the ease of using Samsung pay from a Gear S3 smartwatch. None of the android wear watches even come close to the Samsung product. It’s a big problem for Google over the long term. Because Samsung is moving over to Tizen. 

    Since the majority of people on the Android are using Samsung devices and therefore using Samsung pay, this is a big problem for Google. Especially with the paltry demand for the Pixel and the ongoing developments at Samsung which are beginning to rout the rest of the smartphone industry with respect to hardware. 

    When google pay fails as it will because of Samsung’s dominance, Google will try to rebrand it again. Maybe Alphabet Pay?
    I understand “Steve Jobs Pay” is available.
    watto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 19 of 30
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 1,704member
    There are two reasons for using Apple Pay:
    1)  Convenience
    2)  Security -- since your card number and personal information are not provided to the seller and it actually provides a higher level of security than a chip card.

    As I understand it, Google Pay does not provide that same level of security and, in fact, does provide the seller with your personal information.  Perhaps that has changed and Google is now providing a secure payment method that protects your personal information?   Oh Wait!  Google is the company that profits from selling your personal information!  So:  Probably not...   (sigh...)
  • Reply 20 of 30
    croprcropr Posts: 676member
    There are two reasons for using Apple Pay:
    1)  Convenience
    2)  Security -- since your card number and personal information are not provided to the seller and it actually provides a higher level of security than a chip card.

    As I understand it, Google Pay does not provide that same level of security and, in fact, does provide the seller with your personal information.  Perhaps that has changed and Google is now providing a secure payment method that protects your personal information?   Oh Wait!  Google is the company that profits from selling your personal information!  So:  Probably not...   (sigh...)
    You definitely have to try harder to understand.   Android Pay did not disclose the payment details to the merchant. Rebranding it to Google Pay will not change that feature.  The only difference in security wrt Apple Pay is that the NFC chip on Android is fully open to other payment applications.  Whether this makes the solution less secure remains to be seen.

    And by the way Google does not sell personal information.  Google sells advertisements.  A company who buys an Adwords campaign at Google, never gets the personal details of the people who received the ads.  The company can define filters (females, 30 - 40 years old, like sports, income above 100K$, ...)  but Google does not disclose who actually gets the ad.  I have used Google Adwords service several times myself, so I am pretty sure about this.
    edited January 9 gatorguyjony0
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