Google has announced the merger of Android Pay and Google Wallet into a single brand, Google Pay.
Google Wallet was first launched in 2011, and at one time supported NFC payments for goods and services.
In 2015, the company launched a new service, Android Pay, for online and real-world payments, and Google Wallet became a person-to-person payment system. It appears Google wants to avoid confusion by making this branding change.
At the moment, it looks like people who use Android Pay and Google Wallet won’t see much change other than the new Google Pay name and logo. In fact, the Google Pay branding is already available on websites and apps from Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, and other businesses.
Tez users in India will also see Google Pay features in the near future as well.
The company’s announcement hints the rebranding is just the first step, and that more news on its payment system will be revealed in the near future, most likely as part of its 2018 I/O developer conference.