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Google Pay gains support for 28 more US banks and credit unions (Update: 17 more)

Google Pay is constantly gaining support for new banks and institutions across the globe. Even though the service now works with most large banks, there are still some local credit unions that couldn't work with the mobile payment system. Thankfully, 19 of them have joined the long list of compatible financial institutions since our last update, making it seamless to pay with your phone.

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Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Which tap to pay system is best?

If you're less than excited to whip out our credit cards or touch a PIN pad at the store, you're not alone: contactless payments are on the rise in America, especially right now. You might have heard about one or both of the major contactless payment providers on Android, Google Pay and Samsung Pay, but you might be familiar with what makes each distinct. While both do offer the same basic tap-to-pay NFC functionality, there are some differences in their ease of use, support for alternate contactless payment standards, and in the apps themselves. Here's how to figure out which one is best for you.

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Google Pay gains support for 29 new banks and financial institutions in 22 countries (Update: 11 more banks)

Google Pay is compatible with a wide range of cards from various institutions around the world. Sadly, there are still a bunch of them that don't work with the contactless payment service. Thankfully, it is constantly gaining support for new banks and financial institutions, including the below 29, spread across 22 countries.

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Mastercard says NFC payments have jumped 40% due to coronavirus concerns

There's a lot to like about mobile NFC payments. They can prevent identity theft by giving stores alias card numbers, they're faster than chip readers, and most importantly right now, you don't have to physically touch the payment terminal. That last bit is probably why contactless payments have jumped 40%, according to financial services company Mastercard.

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Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, Cash app, and Google Pay compared: Which is the best money transfer service?

Even under lockdown, there are a lot of reasons you might need to split up a bill or send someone some money. But picking one can be a bit of a chore, and signing up for all of them even more so. Still, these services are far more convenient than using clumsy bank ACH transfer tools or, as is hardly thinkable right now, cold, hard cash. And if you're still splitting the bill with cash, frankly, you're doing it wrong — to get the most from your money in the digital age, you should be using a peer-to-peer (P2P) payment app.

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Google Pay support arrives for 131 more US banks and credit unions (Update: 12 more)

With all of the local banks and credit unions in the US, it seems like Google Pay will never stop finding more to add support for. Case in point: since our last update in mid-January, Google has gone ahead and partnered with 67 more stateside banks and credit unions.

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Google Pay leak appears to reveal plans for physical Google debit card

Google was a first adopter when it came to integrating bankless funds with mobile payments, peer-to-peer transactions, as well as contactless cards. The Google Wallet program not only let people use their phones to pay for things at NFC terminals or send money to friends — it also gave users a plastic debit card which ultimately lasted for 3 years. Now, a leak suggests that the company will pull a déjà vu and introduce physical cards for Google Pay, perhaps in a bid to offer a fleet of consumer financial services.

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Google Pay has an alternative, cleaner interface accessible from your Pixel’s power menu

Google Pay's new power menu quick access interface has been in the making for a long time and finally became official as part of the March Pixel feature drop. Thus, we've been using the quick wallet for a few weeks already, but we've only recently been pointed to another interesting new UI hiding behind the rightmost "View all" entry. When you enter Google Pay that way, you're greeted by a bottom-bar-less design that shows you both your payment methods and your loyalty cards in a one-page layout.

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Google's second Pixel Feature Drop rolls out today with piles of new features

As we predicted last week, Google's latest quarterly Feature Drop is rolling out for Pixel phones today. Unlike the regular monthly security releases, this update includes a ton of new features, including a new play/pause gesture for Pixel 4's Motion Sense, a wider rollout of car crash detection, dark theme scheduling, Live Caption for the Pixel 2, a new power button wallet, live Duo AR effects, a pile of new emoji, and a whole lot more.

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First Pixel phones on Android 10 get Google Pay access in power menu

Evidence has surfaced that Google is working on a power menu redesign in Android 11 that accommodates smart home controls and NFC payment cards and passes. However, it looks like the company is also finally adding the latter capability to Android 10 after a few teases that hinted at the existence of the feature. First Pixel users on the stable Android 10 release report seeing their Google Pay wallet in the power menu.

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