Google Pay Rolling Out on Desktop Browsers and iOS Devices
Before the launch of Google Pay, Google’s payment options were a mess. Android Pay and Google Wallet were in a state of despair and dire need of a rehaul. Thankfully, Google Pay was announced earlier this year, and it is remarkably better than its predecessors. Until now, Google Pay was available only on Android devices, but starting today web browsers and iOS devices have been added to the list of compatible devices. According to Google’s blog post:
We’re starting to roll out Google Pay on the web from desktop and iOS—which means you’ll start seeing it when you’re shopping on browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, no matter your device. Plus, if you save a card to Google Pay on your Pixelbook, you’ll be able to use it on the web with another device, like an iPhone.
iOS users had to do with a redesigned “Google Wallet Send” (the current version of Google Wallet, likely to be phased out soon) until a final version of Google Pay was ready for the platform. One of the main benefits of the payment platform is that you won’t need to enter your payment info again, once a card has been linked to your account. If you’re checking out on any supported web browser, Google Pay can automatically fill in your billing, shipping, and payment info, so you don’t have to bother with forms.
Additionally, when you order a new card from your bank, it’ll automatically update with Google Pay. It also applies if your bank issues a new card for one that’s about to expire. If your card is already on Google Pay, your expiration date will update as soon as it’s issued and you don’t have to re-enter the card details again. You can also get reward points, get customized offers and a lot more with Google Pay. In some places, you can even pay for transit fare with an NFC-enabled device configured with Google Pay.