The new payment system replaces Android Pay and Google Wallet, and will become central to Google's ecosystem.
(CCM) — Google has thrown down the gauntlet to Apple by launching Google Pay, a payment app designed as a direct competitor to Apple Pay.
The new payment system replaces Android Pay, which itself incorporates Google Wallet, an earlier attempt by Google to launch a digital payment platform.
Google Pay allows users to pay at store checkout tills with their smartphone, as well as paying for goods and services within Android apps, or on websites which support the new payment system.
Stores that support Google Pay today include Walgreens, Best Buy, Dunkin Donuts, and McDonalds, while websites and apps include Airbnb, Kayak, and Eat24.
The service also mimics Apple Pay Cash in that it enables users to send money to friends — including ones who do not use Google Pay — using an email address or phone number. For now this feature is called Google Pay Send, but the feature will eventually be incorporated into the main Google Pay app.
The service can also be used to pay for rides on transit systems cities around the world including Kiev, London, and Portland.
The Google Pay app is available to download now from the Google Play Store in the U.S., while existing Android Pay users will be automatically converted to Google Pay following an update which will be available shortly.
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