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Google Brings Peer-to-Peer Payments Service to ‘Google Pay’

Earlier this year, Google combined a host of its own payment platforms to create "Google Pay" including apps like Android Pay and Google Wallet, aiming at a convenient and unified payments service for users

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Google has integrated its peer-to-peer payments service “Google Pay Send” into its digital payments solution “Google Pay” to make the latter a one-stop destination to send and ask for money.

Along with this, the search engine giant has also included other features in its payments solution, including support for mobile ticketing for travel, movies and concerts, just like Apple Pay.

“Once your tickets are saved, you’ll find them with your loyalty cards, gift cards and offers on the Android app’s new ‘Passes’ tab. When it’s time for your event or flight, use your phone as your ticket-no printing required,” Gerardo Capiel, Director, Product Management and Consumer Payments, Google, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

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“Google Pay” would be in sync with the user’s Google Account to make updating payment information about cards and accounts quicker.

“Now that you can use ‘Google Pay’ on desktop or on iOS, in stores or on transit, on your phone or with your Assistant, we’ve also made it easier to manage your payment info in the app or on the web at pay.google.com,” Capiel added.

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The updated “Google Pay” is first rolling out in the US, followed by the UK.

Earlier this year, Google combined a host of its own payment platforms to create “Google Pay” including apps like Android Pay and Google Wallet, aiming at a convenient and unified payments service for users. (IANS)

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Google Expands Its Advanced Location Tracking System to the US

The location is computed on the device and delivered directly to emergency providers only when you explicitly call an emergency number.

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Google is expanding its advanced location tracking feature for Android called “Emergency Location Service (ELS)” to the US.

Launched in 2016 and is currently available in 14 countries (excluding India), ELS provides accurate locations both indoors and outdoors by using a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks and sensors.

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The location tracking service is compatible with Android version 4.0 and above.

“Google is deploying ELS in the US, including the Virgin Islands, in partnership with emergency technology company RapidSOS and wireless service providers T-Mobile and West,” Jen Chai, Product Manager, Android, Google wrote in a blog-post late on Wednesday.

“Wireless providers like T-Mobile have existing ways to share emergency locations with emergency centers, but this integration with ELS will help deliver higher accuracy locations faster than before,” Chai wrote.

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Since the launch of ELS around the world, the most observed impact of the feature has been in critical, emergency situations by shortening emergency response times.

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“You don’t need to install a separate app, update your OS, or have special hardware to benefit from more accurate location. The location is computed on the device and delivered directly to emergency providers only when you explicitly call an emergency number,” Chai added.

The location tracking service is compatible with Android version 4.0 and above. (IANS)

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