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Google shuts down GPay app in this country, shift focus to wallet – Times of India

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Google has announced the closure of its standalone GPay app for US users. Effective June 4, 2024, the GPay app will no longer be available on the Google Play Store or function on existing devices. This decision comes alongside the discontinuation of peer-to-peer (P2P) payments functionality within the region.
Google emphasises a shift in strategy, aiming to consolidate mobile payment services within the Google Wallet app.Users will now manage payment methods, tap to pay at stores, and pay online directly through Google Wallet.
Impact on users
Existing payment methods linked to GPay will automatically transfer to Google Wallet, ensuring a smooth user experience. However, P2P payments, a popular feature for splitting bills or sending money to friends, will no longer be available in the US.
Likely reason for GPay shutdown
Google hasn’t explicitly stated the reasons behind shutting down the GPay app. However, some speculate it could be a streamlining effort to simplify user experience and potentially reduce development costs. Additionally, Google Wallet may offer better integration with other Google services, providing a more unified platform.
Google is discontinuing the GPay app in the United States, but versions in other markets like India and Singapore will continue to work. For the millions of people who use the Google Pay app in India and Singapore, nothing will change as we continue to build for the unique needs in those countries,” Google said in the blog.

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