Come May 9, Uber will drop support for Google Wallet and Accept The Smart Android Pay
With Google officially dropping its support for Google Wallet from June 30, the applications and services using Wallet are shifting their focus to a more convenient mode for mobile payments. Uber, the popular ride sharing app is one among them. It has already started sending out e-mails to its users notifying them about the shift which will be effective from May 9. So people who are still using Google wallet to pay for their rides, it is time to change your ways and accept the smart Android Pay.
Studies by Pew Internet revealed that about 90% of US citizens have cell phones and among them, more than 50% have smartphones. Google Wallet, which was launched in the year 2011, enabled them to pay for services and products using their smartphones. Wallet had made mobile payments easier, convenient and secure by storing credit/debit cards, loyalty cards and gift coupons to help them shop and pay successfully. The news of Google wallet support being dropped is sure to give them a heart-break. But it need not be so. This is because Google already has replacement ready, the smart Android Pay, which is supposed to be a more convenient and easy-to-use mode for mobile payments.
How can you pay for services/products with your mobile phones?
If your smartphone has an NFC chip, you can opt for mobile payments quite conveniently. Technology is surely taking the world by storm and mobile payment is just another example of it. With your NFC equipped smartphones, now you can pay for anything and everything using your mobile phones. No more fumbling for your cards inside your handbags and no more fretting if by chance, you forget to carry them. Just tap your mobile phones on an NFC configured payment system and bingo! You can pay for the services/products. More or less all Androids, Windows and Apple iPhone 6, 6 plus and Apple watches have this technology covered and you can pay with your mobile phones if the store has an NFC configured mobile payment system.
Benefits of using Android Pay
Now, that Google is shifting its focus from Google Wallet to Android Pay, you have to do the same in order to stay at par with technological advancement. So let us turn to the benefits of using the smart Android Pay and see if it really worth the attention. It has already been clarified that smartphones having a Android OS 4.4 KitKat or the later ones is compatible with the mobile payment system, Android Pay. The inherent benefits of using the smart Android Pay over any other mobile payment system are briefed in the following points:
l If your phone has Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can use fingerprint authentication to pay for services/products on Android Pay.
l For mobile phones having a lower Android configuration can opt for patterns, PIN and passwords to authenticate their payments.
l You do not need to keep balance in the smart Android Pay like you used to in case of Google pay. The system will directly link you to your bank for the transactions.
l If you have shopper cards, the payment terminal with the NFC chip will automatically take them up for you to earn points or discounts. And if you have gained enough points, Android Pay will ask you if you wish to use those or continue paying with your card. Sounds amazing, right?
So, you see, you need not be heartbroken with the news of Google dropping support for Google Wallet as the smart Android Pay will offer you more security, convenience and a whole set of new features.
How can you pay for your Uber rides using the smart Android Pay?
Thus it comes as no big surprise that Uber is adapting to the new technology faster than anyone else. Already it is sending out e-mails to their users to accept Android pay and drop Google wallet to pay for their rides. In those e-mails, it has also explained how to integrate the smart Android Pay in your payment system. All you have to do is:
l Open the application
l Tap on the payment system at the bottom of your screen while getting a ride
l You will see Android Pay in the list of options
l Select it and enjoy your first ride at $10 off using Android Pay.
The $10 discount offer is lucrative enough to start using Android Pay instead of your Google Wallet as quickly as possible.
So, the people who were heartbroken at the news of Google dropping its support for Google Wallet can breathe a sigh of relief at last. May 9 will introduce a new dimension in the history of mobile payments with the smart Android Pay and it is your chance to take advantage of the technological boom to expand your knowledge and resources. Wish you all the very best for that. If you still have any doubts or queries, feel free to use the comments section below.