Google is rolling out new features to Google Pay starting with the ability to send money to your friends. This functionality existed previously in Google Wallet if you can remember back that far.
Later, it was spun off into Google Pay Send, a separate entity from Google Pay, and now Google has finally rolled it into Google Pay. It would have been better to see this at launch, but better late than never. For now, this is only available in the US but it will be coming to the UK soon.
Google Pay gains a few new handy features
Along with this new feature, Google is making it even more convenient to request money or split the check with friends. With the press of a button, you can send or request money from friends and family members. While splitting the bill is as easy as choosing a recent transaction and choosing split the cost.
Google Pay now also allows you to store boarding passes and tickets from partners such as Ticketmaster and Southwest. No more printing and no longer will you have to worry about keeping track of these little slips of paper when your phone is always on you anyways.
More companies are expected to join in the future including Eventbrite, Singapore Airlines, and Vueling. After your tickets have been saved you’ll find them under the new Passes section in the Google Pay app.
Google Pay is coming to a browser near you. Now that Google Pay is more useful than ever there is also a new convenient way to manage your payments through the pay.google.com site.
Check your activity, send or request money, manage payment methods, and more all from your browser. While I wish all of this would have been available much sooner it’s great to see Google Pay improve, gain new features, and become more useful.