Google Pay being rolled out to replace Android Pay and Google Wallet

It is free to download but is currently available only to users in the US and the UK

Google announced last month that it had chose to merge Android Pay and Google Wallet into a unified payment solution (think: Apple Pay) - and now it's acted on the declaration with the much-anticipated release of Google Pay.

Google said it's working with partners so that users will be able to use Google Pay to buy goods online through websites or using Google Assistant, in addition to in stores with a smartphone.

"We're now working on bringing Google Pay to all Google products, so whether you're shopping on Chrome or with your Assistant, you'll have a consistent checkout experience using the cards saved to your Google Account", announced Google in a blog post.

As we continue to expand to even more devices and services, the new app offers an exciting glimpse of what's to come.

Earlier this year, Google announced that it would combine Android Pay and Google Wallet into a single service called Google Pay.

Google has been testing a screenshot tool built straight into its Google app for almost the past year, and soon, the feature is finally going to become available to a worldwide audience. It aims at making the checkout process easier for users while making payments on Android devices. Its where all credit and debit cards, loyalty programs, gift cards, and offers are displayed. Today, the big rollout begins, with the new Google Pay-branded app now available through Google Play. The app can also be used to pay for transit in select cities, such as Kiev, Portland, and London, with more cities to be supported soon. Android Pay's interface was incredibly simple, but functional as well. To activate the feature, you need to open the Settings panel within the search app, after which you need to go into Accounts and Settings and then simply toggle the Edit and Share screenshots switch to on. Google consumer payments team points out that this is just "one part" of what it has planned for payment solutions, but it's certainly not a bad start.

It's also Google's answer to Apple Pay and Apple Pay Cash.

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