Google has revealed that Android payments can now be made within the Gmail app, according to Paybefore sister publication Banking Technology. Whether it’s splitting a dinner bill or planning a group trip, the service offers a fee-free way to work out the details and settle up without leaving the Gmail app on Android. Users can exchange money with anyone, and the feature isn’t restricted to people with Gmail addresses.
Money in Gmail is sent in the same manner as other attachments. Users tap on the attachment icon and choose whether they want to send or request money. Recipients are able to receive or request money from the email, without having to install another payment app. They can also arrange for money they receive to go directly into their bank accounts. The feature is available in the U.S. only on Gmail, the Web and Android.
Recently, Android Pay became available in Belgium, the 10th country in the world to get it. Last year, Android Pay went live in Poland, the first country on continental Europe to launch the service. Android Pay is available to the holders of Mastercard cards issued by Alior Bank, T-Mobile Banking Services and Bank Zachodni WBK. Other Polish banks are expected to follow. The U.S. was the first country to get Android Pay in 2015. The U.K. followed a year later. In Asia, Android Pay is available in Singapore and Hong Kong. It’s also up and running in Japan and Australia.
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