Google Pay (formerly Google Tez) is one of the popular payments app in India. It supports funds transfers using the UPI platform, and includes utility bill payments options too. You can also recharge your prepaid mobile and DTH accounts using Google Pay app. Now, Google is reportedly looking to add four new features to the payments app. Here is a look at the top features expected in 2020. Also Read - This Qualcomm chip bug affects around 30 percent of phones globally: Report
Top Google Pay features expected in 2020
2020 Stamp Rewards
This year’s Diwali stamp rewards campaign was the highly successful one, with users trying their luck to win the Rangoli stamp. Google Pay offered a task of collecting 5 Diwali themed stamps, after which users would get Rs 251 as a reward. Google seems to be aiming to replicate the same success with New Year campaign for 2020. XDADevelopers spotted strings of the same in v49 of the app. Also Read - Google to start enabling two-factor authentication for select users by default to help them stay protected
Card support for tap-to-pay
One of the interesting things about Samsung Pay is the ability to add credit and debit cards to the app. It also enables users to tap-to-pay without having to physically swipe their card. A similar functionality is reportedly coming to Google Pay. To begin with, it will reportedly only support Visa cards. Also Read - Google Play store's new privacy section will reveal data apps collect from users, how they use them
This is a feature that rolled out with UPI 2.0. It allows users to pre-authorize a transaction and block funds in their account that can be debited later. The feature ensures that you have enough funds in your account till the transaction is executed. You can also schedule a transaction and let it execute automatically.
Stories for merchants
This is a feature aimed at merchants and it will allow them to add stories. Now, we know stories makes sense on social platforms. With Google Pay Stories, merchants can add video highlights and temporary photo of ongoing deals, discounts and new products that they may have.
As of now, there is no word on when these features will be released. But do follow BGR India, and we will keep our readers posted when these features go live.