Google is cleaning up its Google Pay mobile payments app this week. Google Pay (which was formerly Android Pay, which was formerly Google Wallet) is getting rolled up into a single app, and it’s getting boarding pass support.
First, you’ll finally be able to pay for things with NFC and send money to contacts through a single app. For a while now, Google’s mobile payments solutions have inexplicably been split across two apps. With the latest branding, there was a “Google Pay” app for NFC payments and a second “Google Pay Send” app for P2P money transfers. With the new update, Google says you’ll now be able to request and send money right from the main Google Pay app, and you’ll even be able to split the bill from a recent NFC purchase. For now this is limited to the US.
The second upgrade coming to Google Pay is the launch of boarding pass support, which has been a feature of Apple Wallet forever. Google announced boarding pass support at Google I/O 2018, and the feature has been in public testing for a few months, but now it appears to be entering wider availability. Google’s blog post says you’ll be able to save passes from Ticketmaster and Southwest with “more places soon, including Eventbrite, Singapore Airlines, and Vueling.” For now that appears to be the entire list.