Google Pay for desktop gets a facelift

Doris Richards
July 11, 2018

As announced at I/O 2018, Google Pay now supports boarding passes and movie/concert tickets with a new "Passes" tab.

Not only can you send or request money, but Google has added a tab splitter where you can tap on a recent purchase and then "instantly request money from up to five people".

Currently, folks use Google Pay for NFC payments and Google Pay Send for peer-to-peer money transfers. When it first rolled out in February, not all features were made available as Google Pay is still being updated.

For those not familiar with this story, you may be thinking that this is no big deal for Google, but think about the wider ramifications.

Google announced a move to rebrand Android Pay and Google Wallet previous year and then had Google Pay Send, which was a peer-to-peer payment effort. We live in an era where subscription services are common.

Next, support for storing event tickets and boarding passes within the app.

This means that we will likely see Google Pay Send support wind down in the future.

The crux of Vestager's argument is the fact that device manufacturers are faced with "an anti-competitive choice" - either Chrome and Google Search need be default tools on the device or they will not be able to use the Google Play Store, something Android users need to download apps and games. Hopefully, a lot more services and airlines are in the pipeline. You can start paying your friends and other contacts with the mobile app. Google Play Send already does that but it's being combined now with Google Pay.

We've tried this before with Southwest Airlines and now, you can save even tickets you brought online from different sources.

If she decides to slap Google with the fine, it will be the second record fine since previous year, when the European Union fined Google US$2.7 billion for allegedly lowering the ranking of competitor shopping comparison tools to promote its own.

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