June 25, 2022

Google’s naming schemes for its apps and products often leave everyday people feeling confused. Case in point, Google combined Android Pay and Google Wallet into Google Pay in 2018, but decided in 2022 to split Google Wallet and Google Pay all over again. 

In essence, the new Google Wallet app has replaced Google Pay in most countries, serving as Google’s main mobile and Wear OS tool for in-store payments, boarding passes, and driver’s licenses. Google Pay will still exist as an app in a few countries like the U.S., only with a more limited scope than before. This messy rebranding could help Google grow the GPay brand, but it’s left a lot of people unsure of what’s changed.