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Google Rebrands All Its Payment Solutions As 'Google Pay' (arstechnica.com) 69

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google just announced that it is merging all of its various payment programs into a single brand, called "Google Pay." Google Pay will be a one-stop shop for all your Google Payment needs: NFC smartphone payments, P2P transfers, and Web payments. Google's payment solution site has already clicked over to the new branding, and we'd guess a rebrand of the Android Pay app won't be far behind. The branding should start popping up on store credit card machines, too. So "Google Pay" is the new brand for every kind of payment Google offers -- all without the platform-specific branding problems of Android Pay. Google says this is "just the first step for Google Pay" and it "can't wait to share more."

Google Rebrands All Its Payment Solutions As 'Google Pay'

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  • It's legally accepted anywhere for all payment of debts and transactions.

    It has no surcharge.

    It has no interest rate to use it.

    And it has the signature of a Bond Villain on it!

    • It's legally accepted anywhere for all payment of debts and transactions.

      Not so fast... [slashdot.org]

    • Yeah, but that's not very appy.

      Bow to your Gappsung Pay overlords!

    • by taustin ( 171655 )

      Can you provide me with a detailed HowTo for paying Google in cash for my Drive account?

    • by Lunix Nutcase ( 1092239 ) on Monday January 08, 2018 @07:55PM (#55889963)

      Business don’t have to accept cash...

      This statute means that all United States money as identified above are a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a State law which says otherwise. For example, a bus line may prohibit payment of fares in pennies or dollar bills. In addition, movie theaters, convenience stores and gas stations may refuse to accept large denomination currency (usually notes above $20) as a matter of policy.

      https://www.treasury.gov/resou... [treasury.gov]

      This is easily findable in about 10 seconds...

      • Tell that to the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS). You can restrict how you accept cash, but you have to accept it.

        For example, I can't pay more than $10,00 in pennies. But you can't refuse a $10 bill. You could say you don't carry pennies. And if I owed $9.98 then I'd lose $0.02 on the transaction, but since it's less than the usual and customary $0.25 to $0.40 carrying charge for debit and credit services, it's still cheaper for me to use a $10 bill.

        • As noted above, this is directly from the treasury:

          There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods or services.

          https://www.federalreserve.gov... [federalreserve.gov]

          If you have a case you're citing where SCOTUS required cash payment, then cite it. Otherwise, you are wrong. Businesses absolutely do not have to accept cash.

          More info here https://www.patriotsoftware.co... [patriotsoftware.com] :

          Can a business refuse cash?
          Federal law makes U.S. cur

        • No cash isn't cheaper unless the store has a policy of cash getting discounts(some gas stations due).

          If the price of good is x then you pay x whether or not you pay by cash, credit or debit. Each has its own fees and cash is still higher than credit cards.

          Don't believe cash has a fee well you need to pay someone to watch, manage count and deposit cash. Someone who is getting paid more than minimum wage and two three hours daily That you are open.

          That's a continuous expense that online only stores don't h

    • This might surprise you, but you EARN interest using credit cards, as long as you pay them off. Not to mention the cashback which is just free money.

      • free money

        Where free money is defined as higher prices in consumer goods to cover credit card processing fees by retailers that is only partially refunded to you in the form of rewards if you choose to use a card. Sure, if you pay cash you usually pay the same price and get nothing - but it's still not free money.

        • Sure, if you pay cash you usually pay the same price and get nothing - but it's still not free money.

          Pay cash- same price, no cash back.
          Credit- same price, cash back.

          Call it what you want. Prices are cheaper with credit cards with the cash back, and they are actually extending you an interest-free line of credit over the course of a month.

    • by Threni ( 635302 )

      > It's legally accepted anywhere for all payment of debts and transactions.

      Not all payments. Try paying more than 1000 euros in cash in france, for example for paying someone to do your kitchen, or you're selling a car.

    • by Ash-Fox ( 726320 )

      It's legally accepted anywhere for all payment of debts and transactions.

      You'll struggle in Sweden, they don't really take cash payments there in a lot of places. Where I live in the UK, people are likely to refuse payments if you have to pay for something over 100GBP in cash and even then, because of all the different bank notes where I'm in, cash fraud is pretty common, so you may get rejected regardless.

      It has no surcharge.

      Using my Credit card doesn't typically have a surcharge for most transactions.

      It h

  • Pay Google (Score:4, Funny)

    by goombah99 ( 560566 ) on Monday January 08, 2018 @07:08PM (#55889671)

    I wonder why they didn't use that term

  • Alphabet Pay?

  • Look guys, to me, Messaging on Android has always been a big mess. I don't know why seemeingly smart folks at Google can't fix this. I sometimes wonder whether these folks use the products they author.

    If they did, and cared, they'd see the mess we ordinary folk find ourselves in. This page [engadget.com] throws some light on the issue.

  • Google isn't even trust worthy enough to handle my email without (trying) to monetizing it. So I sure as hell aren't going to give them access to my financial services.
    • by farble1670 ( 803356 ) on Monday January 08, 2018 @08:20PM (#55890123)

      Google isn't even trust worthy enough to handle my email without (trying) to monetizing it.

      Why would you possibly think a corporation is going to spend billions in resources, servers, developers, electricity, hardware, and bandwidth without trying to monetize it? Are you new here (on Earth that is)?

      • Why would you possibly think a corporation is going to spend billions in resources, servers, developers, electricity, hardware, and bandwidth without trying to monetize it? Are you new here (on Earth that is)?

        (tiny voice)... altruism? Yeah, I don't think so, either.

    • Google isn't even trust worthy enough to handle my email without (trying) to monetizing it. So I sure as hell aren't going to give them access to my financial services.

      Damned straight!

      I'm never going to let any organization monetize my money.

      • by laykon ( 5047705 )
        Even the banks monetize your money. So, if you don't want that happen, you can buy a safe and put your money there.
  • Many of Google's payment programs are US only. If they are merging them all into one program, does this mean that we can no longer pay for Android Apps outside of the US? Or have they made global agreements so we can pay with our Android phones at retailers globally now?
    • by starless ( 60879 )

      Or have they made global agreements so we can pay with our Android phones at retailers globally now?

      Last month I used Android pay on my phone at a number of retailers in France.
      Or, are you asking a different question?

      • by jrumney ( 197329 )

        This is interesting, because France is one of those countries where they explicitly don't support the service. I guess if they are compatible with some standard (like the one Paywave and whatever Mastercard calls it use) it might still work. But on the website I initially found for Android Pay it said "Note: This feature is only available in the US", while on another website I found comparing the different mobile payment options from Google, Apple and Samsung it lists 17 countries.

        I'm just not convince

  • because you're the one who's really paying in the end.
  • I use either cash or CC. With CC I get rewards, & free money for the month. I always pay the CC at the end of the month. The CC also offers extended warranty in some cases. What bene's are there to paying with the phone?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      You realise that all these NFC payment systems (Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay etc) are just more convenient, and more secure ways of using your existing credit cards, right?

      You register your CC with the phone and then use it to carry out secured transactions that have a guarantee that the shop canâ(TM)t clone your card or grab your info from it. Plus, you no longer have to carry your CC or bother getting things out of your pocket or wallet.

  • Because it doesn't now. The Marshmallow update broke the thing so I just pay cash or use an EMV card.

  • by farble1670 ( 803356 ) on Monday January 08, 2018 @08:26PM (#55890149)

    Google Wallet
    Android Pay
    Google Checkout
    Pay With Google

    and now:

    Google Pay (not to be confused with Google Payments).

  • I wasn't aware they had anything other than Google Pay.

    (I should probably get out of the basement more often.)

    • Google Pay didn't exist until now. There were so many other combinations of "Google" and "Android" and "Wallet" and "Checkout" and "Pay" but not those specific two words together.

  • After Google procrastinated with Google Pay in the UK a couple of years ago, competitors like banks got in first in the UK. Too little too late Google.
    • by Geeky ( 90998 )

      Did they? Which of the services now being lumped into Google Pay are you thinking of?

      Maybe banks win for personal transfers, but Android Pay has some traction. If anything, it's Paypal that got there first for web purchases. I find it easier to use Paypal for things like Netflix and other subscriptions so that it's only one account I need to update when my credit card expires. If Google gave sites a similar ability to accept payment via a Google Play account I'd use that instead.

  • Now they can more easily track and correlate your purchases to be able to charge more for the information they sell about you.

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