Without a doubt, Google Wallet is one of the most recognizable apps used for processing payments. But because it had announced that it was shutting down on June 30th, a number of technologies that once used the service have started to look for alternative options. One of these companies is ride sharing app Uber, who has recently decided to switch to Android Pay as a payment option for its customers. This makes it a convenient shift from Google Wallet, especially since Android Pay has been set to take over the NFC tap-and-pay system created by Google. With this change, Uber users will still be able to use the service and make payments through Android Pay.
Google Wallet was launched in November 2013. In March this year, Google decided they would be shutting down Google Wallet services to give way for Android Pay. Considering the fact that the latter has become a widely used online payment service, Google has decided to offer this option instead.
Starting today, Uber users will be receiving an email sent by the team behind the ride sharing app. The email will contain reminders informing users that Google Wallet will no longer be supported by the app. Uber also announced that it will be officially discontinuing Google Wallet support from their app beginning May 9. For users who have relied heavily on using Google Wallet, Uber has advised to move to an account on Android Pay. Another option would be to manually input a credit card so that the service can still be used. Once Android Pay has been set up with a card, the Android Pay button found on the payment settings portion of the app will simply need to be tapped. This will then bring up a previously entered card from the list which users will have to use to pay for their rides.
Another announcement Uber has made recently is that its users will only have up to two minutes to cancel a ride without incurring a penalty. This rules out the original five minute cancellation policy and paves the way for Uber riders to be happier with their line of work. If the driver waits more than two minutes, Uber says it will fine the customer with the city's per-minute rate.