16 July 2018
Google Pay is now more useful and efficient with the addition of two new major features. These new features include support for mobile ticketing and peer-to-peer payments. While the first one is a new introduction, the latter has been in existence for some time through a separate app called Google Pay Send. It has simply merged the two services to offer the feature under Google Pay branding.
Starting with the mobile ticketing support, the Google Pay app can now be used for storing concert or flight boarding passes. It currently supports only Ticketmaster and Southwest but promises to bring more options like Eventbrite and Singapore Airlines. This feature is accessible via a new tab in the app known as Passes where you will also find your loyalty cards, gift cards, and offers. It will definitely come handy to those who travel or shop quite often as they will not have to worry about having the physical copies anymore.
Next up is the peer-to-peer payment feature which is basically allowing Google Pay users to send and receive from their family and friends or anyone who uses the service. While it can be used for asking/sending payments manually, it also lets you do so for online payments made via the app. If you purchased something using Google Play and want to split the amount, you can go to the transaction history and request money from up to five people at once.
It is worth noting that even though Google Pay peer-to-peer payments are nothing but an integration of Google Play Send app, there are no words on the latter's shut down yet. It seems like Google will continue to offer the app for the time being. And last, all your Google Pay activities will be synced across all the devices and platforms via your Google account. It means if you paid for something on your Android phone, you will be able to see that transaction on your iOS device as well as the PC via web browser.