Google updates Google Pay app, previews Plex bank accounts

Daniel Fowler
November 20, 2020

Google has also integrated paying for gas and parking within its payment app.

Google Pay has got a major design overhaul for iOS and Android users in the U.S. and is being relaunched with a ton of new features. The old device will show a "account used on other device" warning if a user tries to use Google Pay. A new Insights section of the app can help ease that stress, Google said.

Google says it will keep people's financial information private.

If you have any bank accounts linked to the app, Insight provides an overview of your finances.

The new version of Google Pay will have three main tabs, including Pay, Explore, and Insights.

Instead of organizing payment options and past transactions in a typical card-style interface, Google Pay integrates that same data in messaging app-style conversations. "But there's so much more we can do", general manager for Google Pay Caesar Sengupta said. You can join the waitlist now, and Google will notify you when the new service becomes available. "You can change these settings at any time". Our current favorite is the Plum app.

Users in both of these nations have always been waiting for Google Pay to arrive, but the app hasn't had a presence there so far.

Inside the new Google Pay, you'll be able to access and redeem offers from the following brands and businesses: Burger King, Etsy, REI Co-op, Sweetgreen, Target, Warby Parker, and more.

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Other companies have experimented with allowing bank account management in third-party apps, such as how Barclays allows users of its Uber credit card to apply for and manage the account from Uber's app. At the start of the week, for example, Pay will show things like "here's what you spent on this weekend, ' Woodward said". Download the Google Pay app from Google Play or theApp Store to sign up.

You can search for food or "gas last month" and find those specific transactions.

For instance, Google said its web search technology makes its app more useful for budgeting and sifting through transactions to spot granular categories such as "Mexican restaurants" or 'T-shirts'.

Google will launch PLEX, a new mobile-first bank account in 2021. In August, eight U.S. banks announced their partnership with Google. The idea behind the project is simple enough, but will likely have far-reaching implications for Google's position in the mobile banking sector.

As if a revamped app weren't enough, Google integrated a new mobile-first bank account into its platform: Starting in 2021, 11 USA banks and credit unions will begin offering Plex checking and savings accounts (free of monthly fees, overdraft charges, or minimum balance requirements).

Plex Accounts will be offered by banks and credit unions and include checking and savings accounts with no monthly fees, overdraft charges or minimum balance requirements. "The Citi Plex Account is created to give customers an always-on, friction-free, personalized experience at their fingertips".

The Citi Plex users will get free access to its network of 60,000 ATMs nationwide, the megabank said on Wednesday. This means that users won't be able to use the app simultaneously on multiple devices.

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