Google Wallet may soon debut in India, offering local integrations for contactless payments, hint reports. (Google) News 

India to see the launch of Google Wallet

According to a recent report, Google Wallet is expected to launch in India soon with customized integrations for the local market. The tech company quietly introduced the Google Wallet app on the Play Store, highlighting features that cater to Indian banks, airlines, and loyalty programs. While the app is not yet available for direct download in India through the Play Store, users can manually install it and connect their bank cards for easy contactless payments. There are rumors that the app will work in conjunction with Google Pay to meet…

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Paytm has come under RBI's scrutiny which has forced the company to change its business and even shut down some services. News 

Paytm UPI Service to Resemble Google Pay and PhonePe, Launching After March 15

Paytm will officially stop supporting the payments bank, which has made many people worried about their digital payments. The last date is March 15, 2024, and the company has finally managed to get a reprieve of sorts, allowing the platform to offer UPI payments through its app. Paytm’s parent company has got the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to sign an agreement that will allow Paytm to use its UPI service, albeit as a third-party app like Google Pay and PhonePe. A third-party application means that the technical side…

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UPI payments were failing for many people on Tuesday and that's because the banks clearing the payments were facing issues. News 

Banks’ Technical Problems Cause Mobile Payment Disruptions During UPI Outage

If you tried to make UPI payments from your phone on Tuesday night and received a payment failure alert, you’re not alone. The body, which uses UPI through several banks in the country, confirmed that the digital payment system was down due to technical issues at the banks’ end that forced the servers down. The problem was faced by people in major cities like Delhi-NCR, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and even Jaipur. The development was further shown by the readings of the Downdetector platform, where the peak of the UPI…

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Australia's government has decided to bring Apple Pay, Google Pay and other digital payment services under the same regulatory umbrella as credit cards and other payments. News 

Regulation Revolution: Apple Pay and Other Payment Apps Get a Makeover!

SYDNEY: The Australian government said on Monday it will bring Apple Pay, Google Pay and other digital payment services under the same regulation as credit cards and other payments as part of legislation to be introduced to parliament this week. Digital wallets from the likes of Apple, Google and WeChat developer Tencent have exploded in popularity, but are not covered by Australia’s payments law. The legislation, first announced last month, expands legislation that gives the Reserve Bank of Australia powers to regulate payments to cover new and emerging technology. “We…

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Google Pay lets you make bill payments as well as mobile recharges and now some users have spotted paying more for these payments. News 

Pay Up! Google Pay Charges a Fee for UPI Payments in India

Google Pay is one of the most popular apps used to make UPI payments in India. You can pay your friends or family and even buy products from the store using the platform. But it seems that Google Pay is now ready to start charging its users if they make certain types of payments. Reports over the past few days suggest that Google Pay will now charge a convenience fee that applies when you try to use the platform to pay for mobile top-ups. Google hasn’t officially shared updates on…

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Google Pay is one of the most secure UPI apps, but a scammer or another malicious entity may exploit certain apps, such as 'Screen Sharing' apps to scam you. News 

UPI Payments: Beware! Never Use These Apps with Google Pay!

When it comes to UPI transactions, Google Pay stands out as one of the most reliable and secure methods, which is why it is also one of the most popular options. To maintain this level of security, it has implemented safeguards such as artificial intelligence and anti-fraud technology. These measures are used to identify fraudulent transactions in real time. However, it cannot be present all the time, and in certain use cases, a fraudster or other malicious party can exploit certain applications, such as “Screen Sharing” applications, to gain access…

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NPCI directs swift action by Google Pay, Paytm, PhonePe to deactivate dormant UPI IDs by year-end for enhanced security. (Unsplash) News 

Time’s Up! Deactivate These UPI IDs Before the Deadline – Find Out When!

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has taken a proactive step to improve the security and dependability of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system. In a recent circular, the NPCI has instructed major third-party UPI apps like Google Pay, Paytm, PhonePe, and others to deactivate UPI IDs and numbers that have been inactive for more than a year. NPCI, a non-profit organization that oversees retail payment and settlement systems in India, stresses that this measure is necessary to prevent unintended transfers of funds to unintended recipients. The risk arises…

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Since a UPI PIN is one of the most important steps in performing a UPI transaction, it is important that you decide it carefully and keep it confidential. News 

Unlock the Secret: Change Your UPI PIN Easily on PayTM, Google Pay and PhonePe!

Unified Payments Interface (UPI), a real-time payment system developed by NPCI, allows users to pay using their phone number or VPA. UPI has played a key role in the rise of digital transactions in India. Popular payment apps like Google Pay, PhonePe and Paytm in India also offer a quick and simple UPI process that allows you to make real-time payments in India in seconds. However, with the recent rise in online scams and UPI fraud, it is important to protect your UPI transactions by creating a strong UPI PIN…

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Book cheap flights with Google Flights’ insights features. Know how to snag the best deals. (Unsplash) News 

Find the Best Deals on Airfare with Google Flights

Booking flight tickets at the last minute can be costly, especially during impromptu travel plans. The price usually depends on the airline, destination, and cabin class, and can often be quite expensive. Unless you have miles or discount coupons, you will have to pay a premium. However, flight booking platforms like Skyscanner and Hopper offer estimated prices for advance bookings. With its recent update, Google Flights now provides even better insights, including information on the cheapest rates for flight tickets. This is how you can book the cheapest plane tickets…

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Google Pay in India finally gets support for UPI LITE , which lets users make one-click payments without entering their UPI PIN. Here's how the feature works. News 

Google Pay Introduces UPI LITE For Pin-free Payments In India

Google Pay in India has introduced UPI Lite, enabling users to effortlessly make payments with a single click, eliminating the need to enter their UPI PIN. For the uninitiated, UPI Lite is an RBI and NPCI initiative where the user’s LITE account is linked to their bank account, but does not use the core banking system to reduce dependency on the issuing bank. This means UPI Lite has a higher success rate even during peak transaction times – when traditional UPI often degrades due to increased load on banks’ servers.…

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Google's payment app Google Pay introduced UPI LITE on its platform to ease small digital transactions. (Bloomberg) News 

Google Pay Introduces Option to Make Small Payments Without UPI PIN

Google Pay has recently introduced UPI LITE on its platform in order to simplify small digital transactions. UPI Lite allows users to recharge up to ₹4,000 per day for instant transactions capped at ₹200 at a time, the search engine giant said. Designed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), it enables small transactions without entering a UPI PIN. According to the company, UPI LITE accounts are linked to users’ bank accounts but are not dependent on the real-time issuing bank’s core banking system, resulting in higher payment success…

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UPI payments have become the go-to mode for millions in India but many can't use it because they don't have a debit card. Well, not anymore. News 

Google Pay Now Allows UPI Payments Through Aadhaar Without A Debit Card

Google Pay has launched a new registration method for users in India that eliminates the need for a debit card to access its payment service. Instead, users can now sign up for UPI payment using their Aadhaar number, which is expected to benefit millions who rely on debit cards for cash withdrawals and other services. UPI has been the fastest growing payment method in India for the past few years and apps like Google Pay have certainly served their purpose as many people have been able to make a payment…

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With the Aadhaar-based UPI onboarding flow, Google Pay users will be able to set their UPI PIN without a debit card. News 

Google Pay Introduces Aadhaar Verification for UPI Activation

From today, Google Pay users can sign up for UPI through the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) using Aadhaar. By using the Aadhaar-based UPI onboarding process, Google Pay users can set their UPI PIN without a debit card, which is expected to facilitate the creation of UPI IDs and enable digital payments. The aim is to promote financial inclusion. This functionality is currently accessible to bank account holders of supported banks. Users who wish to join UPI through Aadhaar must ensure that (a) their phone number is registered with…

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had allowed linking of RuPay credit cards to the UPI platform in June 2022. News 

Google Pay Launches RuPay Credit Card Support on UPI in India: Full Details Here

Google Pay and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on Tuesday rolled out support for RuPay credit cards on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Users can now link their RuPay credit cards to Google Pay to pay at all online and offline merchants where RuPay credit cards are accepted. The feature is now available for Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank, HDFC Bank, Indian Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Punjab National Bank and Union Bank of India RuPay credit card holders, the company supported in a statement. “This feature…

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The company regularly tests features with employees for which they are rewarded but looks like this time non-Google people got it. News 

These Google Pay users got more than Rs 80,000 in their account: See how

Some Google Pay users received a payment from Google thanks to a recent glitch in the mobile payment app. Many of these lucky people shared their excitement via Reddit, claiming that they received up to Rs 88,000 in their Google Pay accounts. Some of them even wanted to check if they received the money from their friends or family, but it turned out that Google had a glitch that accidentally sent money to Google Pay users, and interestingly, some of them were using a Google Pixel phone. The details of…

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Although users will not be able to transfer or receive money, they will still be able to use the platform to manage payment methods. (Bloomberg) News 

Google Pay kills website and adds fees on instant transfers

Google has made major changes to its digital payments platform, Google Pay, in the past two weeks. For those who haven’t noticed the change, the company recently revised the logo and design of the platform. But it looks like Google isn’t done transforming Google Pay just yet, as it plans to make many more changes to the platform. For starters, the company plans to take down its web app in early January. From now on, the Google Pay web app offers the ability to manage payment methods. It also allows…

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Last week, Paytm called his temporary ban a "twist of the arms" tactic. Priyanka parashar / mint (MINT_PRINT) News 

$271 billion in consumer spending to shift from cash to cards and digital payments by 2023 in India: Accenture

About 66.6 billion transactions worth $ 270.7 billion are expected to shift from cash to cards and digital payments by 2023 in India, and grow further to $856.6 billion by 2030, according to an Accenture report on Tuesday. This rapid shift to digital payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic urgently increases the need for banks to modernize their payment systems, the report titled ‘Playing the Long Game in Modernizing Payments’ said. The report is based on a survey of 120 payment managers at banks around the world regarding the transformation…

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