Google lately spoke about its plans to make Google Pay “a complete digital pockets,” and it looks like step one on this path is perhaps the return of Google Pockets, a funds service the corporate gave up in favor of Pay. Screenshots of Google Pockets have emerged, and it seems that it’ll arrive as a part of the Google Pay app. Listed below are the small print.
Google Pockets UI Seen in Screenshots
Mishaal Rahman (senior technical editor at Esper) noticed the brand new Pockets UI inside Google Play Providers, which will likely be a means for customers to retailer and handle their cost playing cards, present playing cards, loyalty playing cards, and even transit passes. This new Google Pockets UI will likely be part of Google Pay to make it greater than a peer-to-peer funds platform.
This new capability will likely be along with contactless funds, in fact, which has clearly turn out to be the essence of Google Pay. Therefore, the primary branding will stay Google Pay and the Pockets will simply be part of it. The screenshots additionally present that Google Pockets will have the ability to maintain airline passes, theater tickets, and extra could be added.
It’s also revealed that Google Pockets will have the ability to present passes from a consumer’s Gmail account and there is perhaps a means for customers to entry passes from anyplace else too. There’s additionally proof of a brand new Google Pockets emblem, which strongly hints at a revamped Google Pay.
For many who don’t know, this new Google Pockets is a resurrection of the standalone Google Pockets launched again in 2011. It allowed for NFC funds and was a spot for individuals to retailer their playing cards, present playing cards, and extra. However ultimately, it went on to be merged with Android Pay and have become what we have a tendency to make use of incessantly nowadays — Google Pay.
Pockets’s comeback may show fruitful for Google to stir issues up and assist Google Pay higher compete with Apple Pay, Paytm (in India), and extra such options. That mentioned, it’s nonetheless a bit early to touch upon how issues will likely be if and when Pockets will get reintroduced.
Google I/O 2022 is all set to begin subsequent month and perhaps that’s once we may get to learn about Google’s plans for its funds service. Keep tuned for extra data and do tell us your ideas on the return of Google Pockets within the feedback under.
Featured Picture Courtesy: Illustration of Google Pockets Emblem