Google Tez is now Google Pay

Google Go can now read your articles and web pages aloud

Google Tez is now Google Pay In the wake of demonetisation drive and new-found focus on digital payments, Google previous year introduced a UPI-based payment platform called Google Tez. Furthermore, Google also revealed that Tez has a whopping 22 Million monthly active users in India.

While users will soon be able to make payments without leaving some of the apps, Sengupta said, "with certain apps like Red Bus they may even be able to just constantly buy the same ticket every day with a single click".

According to Rajan Anandan, Vice President, India and Southeast Asia, Google India, his firm is creating more locally relevant experiences for Indians and to bring them online. The company has partnered with Federal, HDFC, ICICI and Kotak Mahindra banks for this. The Assistant is now available in Marathi, and the company is working on making it available in seven regional Indian languages soon.

Google is upping its game in the race for India's fast growing digital payments market.

Google had launched Tez in September past year. The new web page reading capability enables the search app to read aloud text in billions of web pages in 28 languages.

The tech giant also announced a new feature in its lightweight "Go" search app that lets users listen to webpages. With the lack of NFC-based mobile payment solutions in the country, Google opted not to launch Google Pay (formerly known as Android Pay) in India, and instead launched a UP-based mobile payment system which is different from NFC-based payment systems. Businesses and merchants can also now pay for Google Ads using Google Pay.

Google Assistant now supports Marathi language. Google has also entered into a tie-up with RedBus for Google Maps. Google has announced the Android Pie Go edition as an upgrade to Android Oreo Go Edition. Sengupta said that while he did not want to compare that with anything, "it also reflects how much a part of people's life Tez is becoming".

Previously, Google had partnered with RailTel to offer Wi-Fi access across 400 railway stations in the country.

The rebranding allows Google users to make digital payments to retail stores and conduct online transactions across apps as well as various Google products. The company has partnered with local Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited to reach nearly 10 million people.

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