Mobile Payments

Amid New Google Pay Features, Users Can Split The Bill

Google Pay is rolling out new features that, among other things, let users send and request money, through the merging of the Google Pay and Google Pay Send apps.

In a blog post on Tuesday (July 10), Product Management Director Gerardo Capiel said that a slew of updates, which have just started rolling out, allow users in the United States to send and request money using the Google Pay app, a feature that will soon debut in the United Kingdom.

The post also said that “if you picked up the tab using Google Pay, it’s even easier to split the bill.” To do so, a Google user simply taps on a purchase and requests funds from up to five other individuals.

The tech giant also stated that users can store event tickets and boarding passes from companies such as Ticketmaster and Southwest. Upon saving the tickets to Google Pay, users can find them on the new Passes tab alongside their loyalty cards and gift cards. In essence, the phone acts as a ticket.

In the blog post, Capiel stated that “when we launched Google Pay, our goal was to make it easier to pay in stores with your phone and online using the payment methods saved to your Google Account. In the past few months, we’ve made this possible by bringing fast, simple checkout to more devices, browsers and services.”

Amid that push, the company is also making it possible to sync Google Pay information across desktop, iOS or across mobile conduits. “So if you update your payment info on the web, it’ll be reflected on your phone,” said Capiel, who added that “if you download the app, you’ll be able to quickly set up eligible cards saved to your Google account to pay with your phone in stores.”



The pressure on banks to modernize their payments capabilities to support initiatives such as ISO 20022 and instant/real time payments has been exacerbated by the emergence of COVID-19 and the compelling need to quickly scale operations due to the rapid growth of contactless payments, and subsequent increase in digitization. Given this new normal, the need for agility and optimization across the payments processing value chain is imperative.