Why have two products that do the same thing?
Google is known to have a massive array of apps with some having similar functionalities. And here, it's ending one of them.
In an announcement, Google said that it is combining Android Pay and Google Wallet, turning them into one service called Google Pay.
"We’re excited to announce we’ll be bringing together all the different ways to pay with Google, including Android Pay and Google Wallet, into a single brand: Google Pay," said Google.
In theory, this should ease digital transactions for the average consumers, while at the same time, becoming more competitive with Apple Pay’s functionality. Google Pay also helps the company’s payment service to extend beyond Android and into various other products.
Looking back through its history, Google's digital payment system has had a rough ride.
Originally, Google Wallet was the app of choice for NFC payments at stores, until the company introduced Android Pay in 2015. At that point, Google Wallet became a money-sending app, while Android Pay took on NFC payments.
The apps had virtually no interoperability, making them needlessly complicated.
With Google Pay, Google wants to end that.
One of Google's problem has always been with over-diversifying its products. Take a look at its cavalcade of messaging apps for one good example.
Google Pay allows users to handle in-store payments, online transactions, and money transfers, all from one app. So if you use Google Chrome for example, Google Pay can fill in your payment details too.
"With Google Pay, it’ll be easier for you to use the payment information saved to your Google Account, so you can speed through checkout with peace of mind."
According to Google, the service is already available on Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, Instacart, and other apps, with more on the way.
"Bringing everything into one brand is just the first step for Google Pay. We can’t wait to share more," said Google.