Wednesday, 02 December, 2020


Google redesigns the Pay app to take on Venmo and Mint

New Google Pay App w PLEX Accounts Google Revamps Google Pay, Plans New Mobile-First 'Plex' Bank Accounts
Conrad Doyle | 20 November, 2020, 10:12

"Google Pay will even help you do the math on who owes what", said the company. As Google develops relationships with banks in other regions, the feature will start gradually rolling out to users in the United Kingdom and Europe.

But, do not be alarmed if this happens, as it does not mean that Google Pay will block payments via NFC, that device that allows two electronic devices to exchange information by getting closer to each other. A new Insights section of the app can help ease that stress, Google said.

Insights is one of the most interesting features coming to Google Pay. It delivers the experience that most people would associate with the existing version of Google Pay.

This way, you'll be able to see the businesses and people you most interact with.

The new Google GPay has some exciting changes, plus this time you could get a free GPay debit card. "And in 2021, it will give you the chance to apply for a new kind of digital bank account with trusted financial institutions".

Google, part of Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) is pushing deeper into Fintech with a redesigned Google Pay App in a natural step for one of the largest tech firms in the world.

New Google Pay App w PLEX Accounts

Google Pay added three new tabs that show transaction history, offer deals and discounts, and connect users' bank accounts to allow them to find an overview of their finances and peer-to-peer payments.

Google Pay's conversation format incorporates tools to create group payments, split bills and keep track of who paid what in line with messages to friends. Further, the app is able to crawl other Gmail services like Gmail to look for receipts. And perhaps most impressively, its customized financial insights are surprisingly engaging and useful, in sharp contrast to the bulky, color-coded pie charts still favored by many banks and credit cards. You can search for "food" or "last month" and Pay will show the relevant transactions. You can search in the starred contacts.

The app's peer-to-peer payments are intuitive and conversational, packing a host of features into a remarkably simple interface.

Google also announced Plex accounts today in collaboration with financial institutions to give more users a mobile-friendly banking app experience. It will, for example, warn you when you're about to send money to a stranger.

The tech giant first discussed adding banking accounts a year ago, but did not solicit customers for the service, dubbed Plex, until Wednesday. Starting in 2021, Google Pay will be offering users the ability to apply for Plex accounts that have checking and savings from 11 different banks and credit unions, including minority-owned depository banks, in the U.S. Among the additional banks are Bank Mobile, BBVA USA, BMO Harris, Coastal Community Bank, First Independence Bank and SEFCU.

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