Google Pay is finally getting support for boarding passes and event tickets

The EU may force Google to make significant changes to Android

As announced at I/O 2018, Google Pay now supports boarding passes and movie/concert tickets with a new "Passes" tab.

First up, the ability to send money to your friends through Google Pay. Google is bringing the Google Pay Send app into the Google Pay app, which means users will be able to send or request money from within Google Pay directly. Since rolling out the revamped version to Android devices and Chrome, Google made it available to Firefox, Safari and iOS. "Lacking that portal, owners of Android smartphones or tablets can't easily download games or other apps - or services from Google's competitors - offered by third-party developers".

Earlier this year, Android Pay was rebranded to Google Pay as part of the company's new unified payment offering that includes Google Wallet's peer-to-peer capabilities. Google Pay (which was formerly Android Pay, which was formerly Google Wallet) is getting rolled up into a single app, and it's getting boarding pass support.

But EU regulators are not satisfied with the present policies and may fine Google in billions, according to a report from Washington Post. Now the company is adding some much-requested features to the app. We also know more brands and services will be integrated with Google Pay so expected related announcements in the coming months. Google licenses its mobile operating system to smartphone and other device makers for free, with the goal of mass adoption compared to Apple's more premium approach.

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Google Pay is fast, simple, and secure. For a while now, Google's mobile payments solutions have inexplicably been split across two apps. Vueling and Singapore Airlines will also follow soon.

Google Pay isn't exclusive to Android but you do need a Google account.

In June a year ago the European Union fined Google $2.7billion (£2.03billion) for supposedly ranking its proprietary shopping comparison service higher than its competitors.

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