Google, in all its infinite wisdom, is yet to come up with a single, unified platform for payments. Not only does it bring your Android Pay and Google Wallet apps together, it also brings in Chrome's autofill payment info in consideration.
Google explicitly says that this change is merely cosmetic and the systems' overall functionalities will remain unchanged, which should be a sign of relief for those who are used to things happening a certain way. However, while Google Wallet still exists, the tap-to-pay system was then rebranded Android Pay and introduced in multiple markets. "Over the coming weeks, you'll see Google Pay online, in-store, and across Google products, as well as when you're paying friends", Pali Bhat, the VP of Product Management from Google's Payments teams said in a blog post.
More information about Google Pay can be found over here. Have you noticed the Google Pay branding yet? Instead of pulling the GWallet plug altogether, though, the peer-to-peer payments service is uniting with Android Pay for a "simpler, safer, and more consistent" experience. Those include Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse and Instacart.
According to Google, a unified "Google Pay" option is already starting to appear on websites, in apps, and even in stores.
A recent survey of more than 1,000 Fandango users revealed that 81% of consumers use some sort of digital payment service.