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Transit trends: the road ahead for commuters

I’ve lived in major cities around the world, from Johannesburg to Shanghai to the San Francisco Bay Area. That means public transportation has played a big role in my daily life. 


That changed last spring, when, like many people, I traded in my daily commute on the public bus for a much shorter trip to my dining room table. I wasn’t the only one transforming my kitchen into an office — transit ridership plummeted across the globe. 


While we are still far from a return to normal, we wanted to understand how people feel about returning to public transit. So we surveyed 2,000 commuters across New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Chicago to find out. Here’s what we learned: 


Image of an infographic. Two-thirds of people are eager to get back to their pre-pandemic transit habits. By city: 60% of San Francisco commuters, 56% of Chicago commuters, 59% of DC commuters, and 68% of New York City commuters said they want to get back to their pre-pandemic transit routine.

All aboard

We’ve all missed a lot during the last 18 months— from concerts and big weddings to dinner parties with family and friends. But public transportation? Turns out, surprisingly, yes. According to a recent survey we commissioned, roughly 2 in 3 people want to get back to their pre-pandemic transit routine, with New Yorkers being the most keen to return.


Infographic that answers “What do people miss most about their commute?” 54% miss not stressing about parking; 40% miss the ease of getting around; 30% miss having time to reflect on their day; and 30% miss listening to podcasts or reading.

Parallel parking not required

While I don’t miss delayed trains or crowded commutes, getting back on public transit means leaving parking behind. More than half of those we surveyed indicated that’s what they miss most about their commute. But people also value the ease public transit brings when it comes to getting around, the time it provides them to reflect on their day, the time they get for themselves for podcasts or reading and even the people-watching, with 1 in 4 people admitting they miss that part, too.


Infographic which shows the increase in popularity for mobile contactless payments, from 23% before the pandemic to 34% in the next 3-6 months. Cash payments took the biggest dive in popularity, from 42% to 32%.

Cashing out for contactless

But it’s not all about going “back to the good old days.” With the increasing popularity of contactless payments across many facets of daily life, it’s no surprise riders want to modernize their commutes as well. Increasingly, people are turning to contactless payments as a touch-free way to pay their fare. In fact, mobile contactless payments are the only payment type that increased in popularity (up 11 percentage points) when we asked commuters how they plan to pay for transit fare now versus pre-pandemic. Cash took the biggest dive, from 42% to 32%. 


What’s more, one in two people who didn’t use mobile contactless payments before the COVID-19 pandemic say they would be more comfortable riding if there were touch-free options such as mobile contactless payments or ticketing.


Of course contactless payments yield far more than a touch-free way of paying. Three in four people said the convenience factor is what they like most about contactless transit payments. Ever ran to catch a train only to realize you left your wallet at home? 🙋 Every second counts when it comes to your commute, which is why 70% of people said what they like most is the speed of paying contactlessly. 


Tapping to pay: from uptown to downtown to your town

At Google Pay, we’ve been hard at work to help roll out mobile transit payment options in even more cities across the U.S. We’ve teamed up with transit agencies in major cities like New York, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington to give more commuters a way to quickly and easily tap for transit fare. And, by teaming up with Token Transit, we’re bringing mobile contactless payments to more than 100 cities across the country, in bigger and smaller towns like Savannah, Georgia, Kalamazoo, Michigan and Santa Monica, California.


Everyone will navigate our new normal at a different pace. So, while some of us start to venture back out, consider ways that make your commute even a little easier


Findings are based on results of an online survey conducted by Allison+Partners Research + Insights. The online survey was conducted among n=2000 U.S. consumers age 18 or older who use public transit in New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., or Chicago  - 500 respondents were captured per DMA. When referenced, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was considered March 2020. The survey was fielded using Qualtrics and panel was sourced from Lucid. Fielding was executed May-June 2021.

Transit trends: the road ahead for commuters

I’ve lived in major cities around the world, from Johannesburg to Shanghai to the San Francisco Bay Area. That means public transportation has played a big role in my daily life. 


That changed last spring, when, like many people, I traded in my daily commute on the public bus for a much shorter trip to my dining room table. I wasn’t the only one transforming my kitchen into an office — transit ridership plummeted across the globe. 


While we are still far from a return to normal, we wanted to understand how people feel about returning to public transit. So we surveyed 2,000 commuters across New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Chicago to find out. Here’s what we learned: 


Image of an infographic. Two-thirds of people are eager to get back to their pre-pandemic transit habits. By city: 60% of San Francisco commuters, 56% of Chicago commuters, 59% of DC commuters, and 68% of New York City commuters said they want to get back to their pre-pandemic transit routine.

All aboard

We’ve all missed a lot during the last 18 months— from concerts and big weddings to dinner parties with family and friends. But public transportation? Turns out, surprisingly, yes. According to a recent survey we commissioned, roughly 2 in 3 people want to get back to their pre-pandemic transit routine, with New Yorkers being the most keen to return.


Infographic that answers “What do people miss most about their commute?” 54% miss not stressing about parking; 40% miss the ease of getting around; 30% miss having time to reflect on their day; and 30% miss listening to podcasts or reading.

Parallel parking not required

While I don’t miss delayed trains or crowded commutes, getting back on public transit means leaving parking behind. More than half of those we surveyed indicated that’s what they miss most about their commute. But people also value the ease public transit brings when it comes to getting around, the time it provides them to reflect on their day, the time they get for themselves for podcasts or reading and even the people-watching, with 1 in 4 people admitting they miss that part, too.


Infographic which shows the increase in popularity for mobile contactless payments, from 23% before the pandemic to 34% in the next 3-6 months. Cash payments took the biggest dive in popularity, from 42% to 32%.

Cashing out for contactless

But it’s not all about going “back to the good old days.” With the increasing popularity of contactless payments across many facets of daily life, it’s no surprise riders want to modernize their commutes as well. Increasingly, people are turning to contactless payments as a touch-free way to pay their fare. In fact, mobile contactless payments are the only payment type that increased in popularity (up 11 percentage points) when we asked commuters how they plan to pay for transit fare now versus pre-pandemic. Cash took the biggest dive, from 42% to 32%. 


What’s more, one in two people who didn’t use mobile contactless payments before the COVID-19 pandemic say they would be more comfortable riding if there were touch-free options such as mobile contactless payments or ticketing.


Of course contactless payments yield far more than a touch-free way of paying. Three in four people said the convenience factor is what they like most about contactless transit payments. Ever ran to catch a train only to realize you left your wallet at home? 🙋 Every second counts when it comes to your commute, which is why 70% of people said what they like most is the speed of paying contactlessly. 


Tapping to pay: from uptown to downtown to your town

At Google Pay, we’ve been hard at work to help roll out mobile transit payment options in even more cities across the U.S. We’ve teamed up with transit agencies in major cities like New York, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington to give more commuters a way to quickly and easily tap for transit fare. And, by teaming up with Token Transit, we’re bringing mobile contactless payments to more than 100 cities across the country, in bigger and smaller towns like Savannah, Georgia, Kalamazoo, Michigan and Santa Monica, California.


Everyone will navigate our new normal at a different pace. So, while some of us start to venture back out, consider ways that make your commute even a little easier


Findings are based on results of an online survey conducted by Allison+Partners Research + Insights. The online survey was conducted among n=2000 U.S. consumers age 18 or older who use public transit in New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., or Chicago  - 500 respondents were captured per DMA. When referenced, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was considered March 2020. The survey was fielded using Qualtrics and panel was sourced from Lucid. Fielding was executed May-June 2021.

Transit trends: the road ahead for commuters

I’ve lived in major cities around the world, from Johannesburg to Shanghai to the San Francisco Bay Area. That means public transportation has played a big role in my daily life. 


That changed last spring, when, like many people, I traded in my daily commute on the public bus for a much shorter trip to my dining room table. I wasn’t the only one transforming my kitchen into an office — transit ridership plummeted across the globe. 


While we are still far from a return to normal, we wanted to understand how people feel about returning to public transit. So we surveyed 2,000 commuters across New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Chicago to find out. Here’s what we learned: 


Image of an infographic. Two-thirds of people are eager to get back to their pre-pandemic transit habits. By city: 60% of San Francisco commuters, 56% of Chicago commuters, 59% of DC commuters, and 68% of New York City commuters said they want to get back to their pre-pandemic transit routine.

All aboard

We’ve all missed a lot during the last 18 months— from concerts and big weddings to dinner parties with family and friends. But public transportation? Turns out, surprisingly, yes. According to a recent survey we commissioned, roughly 2 in 3 people want to get back to their pre-pandemic transit routine, with New Yorkers being the most keen to return.


Infographic that answers “What do people miss most about their commute?” 54% miss not stressing about parking; 40% miss the ease of getting around; 30% miss having time to reflect on their day; and 30% miss listening to podcasts or reading.

Parallel parking not required

While I don’t miss delayed trains or crowded commutes, getting back on public transit means leaving parking behind. More than half of those we surveyed indicated that’s what they miss most about their commute. But people also value the ease public transit brings when it comes to getting around, the time it provides them to reflect on their day, the time they get for themselves for podcasts or reading and even the people-watching, with 1 in 4 people admitting they miss that part, too.


Infographic which shows the increase in popularity for mobile contactless payments, from 23% before the pandemic to 34% in the next 3-6 months. Cash payments took the biggest dive in popularity, from 42% to 32%.

Cashing out for contactless

But it’s not all about going “back to the good old days.” With the increasing popularity of contactless payments across many facets of daily life, it’s no surprise riders want to modernize their commutes as well. Increasingly, people are turning to contactless payments as a touch-free way to pay their fare. In fact, mobile contactless payments are the only payment type that increased in popularity (up 11 percentage points) when we asked commuters how they plan to pay for transit fare now versus pre-pandemic. Cash took the biggest dive, from 42% to 32%. 


What’s more, one in two people who didn’t use mobile contactless payments before the COVID-19 pandemic say they would be more comfortable riding if there were touch-free options such as mobile contactless payments or ticketing.


Of course contactless payments yield far more than a touch-free way of paying. Three in four people said the convenience factor is what they like most about contactless transit payments. Ever ran to catch a train only to realize you left your wallet at home? 🙋 Every second counts when it comes to your commute, which is why 70% of people said what they like most is the speed of paying contactlessly. 


Tapping to pay: from uptown to downtown to your town

At Google Pay, we’ve been hard at work to help roll out mobile transit payment options in even more cities across the U.S. We’ve teamed up with transit agencies in major cities like New York, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington to give more commuters a way to quickly and easily tap for transit fare. And, by teaming up with Token Transit, we’re bringing mobile contactless payments to more than 100 cities across the country, in bigger and smaller towns like Savannah, Georgia, Kalamazoo, Michigan and Santa Monica, California.


Everyone will navigate our new normal at a different pace. So, while some of us start to venture back out, consider ways that make your commute even a little easier


Findings are based on results of an online survey conducted by Allison+Partners Research + Insights. The online survey was conducted among n=2000 U.S. consumers age 18 or older who use public transit in New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., or Chicago  - 500 respondents were captured per DMA. When referenced, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was considered March 2020. The survey was fielded using Qualtrics and panel was sourced from Lucid. Fielding was executed May-June 2021.

Google updates Passes API to store COVID vaccination and testing information on Android devices

Posted by Irfan Faizullabhoy

Google has updated its Passes API to enable a simple and secure way to store and access COVID vaccination and test cards on Android devices. Starting today, developers from healthcare organizations, government agencies and organizations authorized by public health authorities to distribute COVID vaccines and/or tests will have access to these APIs to create a digital version of COVID vaccination or test information. This will roll out initially in the United States followed by other countries.

Image of three smart phones side by side showing Covid vaccination cards

Example COVID Cards from Healthvana, a company serving Los Angeles County

Once a user stores the digital version of the COVID Card to their device, they will be able to access it via a shortcut on their device home screen, even when they are offline or in areas that have weak internet service. To use this feature, the device needs to run Android 5 or later and be Play Protect certified. Installing the Google Pay app is not a requirement to access COVID Cards.

The COVID Card has been designed with privacy and security at its core.

  • Storing information: The user’s COVID vaccination and test information is stored on their Android device. If a user wants to access this information on multiple devices, the user will need to manually store it on each device. Google does not retain a copy of the user’s COVID vaccination or test information.
  • Sharing information: Users can choose to show their COVID Card to others. The information in the user’s COVID Card is not shared by Google with its various services or third parties and it is not used for targeting ads.
  • Securing information: A lock screen is required in order to store a COVID Card on a device. This is for added security and to protect the user’s personal information. When a user wants to access their COVID Card, they will be asked for the password, pin or biometric method set up for their Android device.

If you are a qualified provider, please sign up to share your interest here. And, for more information about COVID cards and their privacy and security features, please see the help center.

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Google Pay introduces a Flutter plugin for payments

Posted by Jose Ugia, Developer Programs Engineer, Google Pay and Anthony Panissidi, Technical Writer, Google Developer Studio

Flutter and Firebase logos

We made it easier than ever to integrate Google Pay in Flutter apps!

Our open source Flutter plugin simplifies the addition of payments to Flutter apps on iOS and Android.

The plugin gives you the ability to add functionality to your apps across platforms with a single and familiar codebase written in Dart.

It adapts common steps required to facilitate payments that adhere to how Flutter constructs components, works with the user interface of the app, and exchanges information between the native and Dart ends.

Now, as a Flutter developer, you can easily reap the benefits of Google Pay, which lets you provide users with a secure and fast checkout experience that increases conversions, and frees you from the need to manage credit cards and payments.

How it works

To use the plugin, add pay as a dependency in your pubspec.yaml file. For more information, see Adding a package dependency to an app.

To configure a payment, load a payment profile with the desired configuration, either with a local file or one retrieved from a remote server. For a complete list of all configuration options, see the PaymentDataRequest object.

Here's an example of a JSON file that defines payment options:

sample_payment_configuration.json

{
"provider": "google_pay",
"data": {
"environment": "TEST",
"apiVersion": 2,
"apiVersionMinor": 0,
"allowedPaymentMethods": [{
"type": "CARD",
"tokenizationSpecification": {
"type": "PAYMENT_GATEWAY",
"parameters": {
"gateway": "example",
"gatewayMerchantId": "gatewayMerchantId"
}
},
"parameters": {
"allowedCardNetworks": ["VISA", "MASTERCARD"],
"allowedAuthMethods": ["PAN_ONLY", "CRYPTOGRAM_3DS"],
"billingAddressRequired": true,
"billingAddressParameters": {
"format": "FULL",
"phoneNumberRequired": true
}
}
}],
"merchantInfo": {
"merchantId": "01234567890123456789",
"merchantName": "Example Merchant Name"
},
"transactionInfo": {
"countryCode": "US",
"currencyCode": "USD"
}
}
}

For more examples of JSON files that define payment options, take a look at the example/assets/ folder.

Now you can use this configuration to add the Google Pay button to your app and forward the payment method selected by your users.

Here's an example of a Dart file:

import 'package:pay/pay.dart';

const _paymentItems = [
PaymentItem(
label: 'Total',
amount: '99.99',
status: PaymentItemStatus.final_price,
)
];

// In your Widget build() method
GooglePayButton(
paymentConfigurationAsset: 'sample_payment_configuration.json',
paymentItems: _paymentItems,
style: GooglePayButtonStyle.black,
type: GooglePayButtonType.pay,
onPaymentResult: onGooglePayResult,
),


// In your Stateless Widget class or State
void onGooglePayResult(paymentResult) {
// Send the resulting Google Pay token to your server or PSP
}

How to use it

The best part of this news is that you can use the plugin today. To get started with it, check out the pay package on pub.dev. We also want to hear your thoughts and feature requests, and look forward to your contributions on GitHub.

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Google Pay integration patterns that drive conversions on Android

Posted by Jose Ugia, Developer Relations Engineer, Google Pay & Anthony Panissidi, Technical Writer, Google Developer Studio

How to drive conversions with Google Pay for Android

What do Gilt, MTS, Panera Bread, and SpotHero have in common?

At first glance, you probably only see four totally different businesses:

  • Gilt is an online shopping and lifestyle website.
  • MTS is a mobile network operator with 80 million users in Armenia, Belarus, and Russia.
  • Panera Bread is a chain of more than 2,000 fast-casual bakery-cafe restaurants in the US and Canada.
  • SpotHero is a digital parking marketplace that lets drivers reserve and pay for parking spots in more than 300 cities in the US and Canada.

However, all four businesses partnered with us to identify and adopt integration patterns that drive the most conversions on Google Pay for Android. In this blog post, we share these proven integration practices so that you can get the most out of Google Pay in your Android apps, as well as additional security tips that you can use to further secure your payment flows.

UI and UX patterns

Take a look at the following strategies to improve user experience in your app:

  • Payment-method selection
  • Express checkout
  • Guest checkout
  • Payment notifications

Payment-method selection

If you set Google Pay as a default payment option for ready-to-pay users, your users only need to click or tap twice to complete their transactions, so they enjoy a more-seamless payment experience and they're less likely to abandon their carts.

Phone with Gilt user interface

Our partners who implemented this pattern reported a significant increase in their success metrics. For example, at Gilt, 34% of total Google Pay checkouts were net-new Gilt member conversions and 57% of total Google Pay checkouts were reactivations of lapsed Gilt members.

Gilt member conversions increase

Express checkout

This feature lets your users purchase an item directly from the item's detail page without adding it to a cart, which shortens their path to purchase completion.

For example, Gilt integrated this feature into their checkout process so its users can complete the checkout process with only a few clicks or taps. The Google Pay button on their product page lets users move directly to checkout with Google Pay set as a default payment option.

Gilt Google Pay Integration

Guest checkout

This feature makes it easier for your users to complete purchases and convert, and more likely to create an account and engage again later.

To enable guest checkout, add Google Pay as an option to continue with the payment process alongside your account-creation elements.

For example, Panera Bread enabled guest checkout, and found a 7% increase in order value and 30% increase in wallet share.

Panera increase in order value and wallet share

As another example, SpotHero enabled guest checkout, and found that its sales funnel increased by 20 times while 87% of total checkouts were completed with Google Pay.

SpotHero increase in sales and total checkouts

Payment notifications

This feature lets your users pay directly from notifications, which reduces friction in the payment process and further increases conversions.

Users sometimes receive payment notifications that they expect, such as after they abandon carts, make donations, or need to add credit to a prepaid card. They typically find these transactions simple and familiar, so they're ready to pay quickly with a little nudge.

MTS credit adding option interface

MTS adopted this pattern to let their customers add credit to their accounts directly from notifications and experienced a 80% increase in conversions.

MTS users in Russia and increase in conversions

Learn more

For more information about how to implement these UI and UX patterns, see our sample open source app and developer documentation.

Security tips

Before we go, we also want to share these security tips to further secure your payment flows:

  • Use SSL for all connections between your apps and backend services over the public internet.
  • Do not collect or store payment data, or any other sensitive information in the clear within your app.
  • Order price can be calculated on the client side to show it in your UI and keep the user informed, but only allow for payments with calculations applied in your backend services.
Security Basics

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Updated Google Pay app offers more consumer touchpoints

Posted by Soc Sieng, Developer Advocate, Payments & Ola Ben Har, Payments DevRel Lead

What's new in Google Pay header

We redesigned the Google Pay app to boost user engagement with your business.

The redesigned app makes it easy for users to find your business and provides you with a branded surface that lets you build relationships with your customers at scale.

The app is available in the App Store and Google Play Store in the US, India, and Singapore with availability in more markets on the way. In this blog post, we focus on features available in the US version of the app.

New in Google Pay

The Google Pay app focuses on users' relationships with people, businesses, and other everyday essentials.

Centers around your relationships

The app lets users send money, save money, and see spending insights.

Understand and organize money

It makes it easy for users to save money at their favorite businesses and discover new ones.

Save money and discover businesses

It also provides your brand with another surface to initiate meaningful reengagement with your customers. The branded experience is automatically created when customers check out with Google Pay or a Google Pay-enrolled card in the app, in stores, or online. This dedicated space for your business is also where customers can redeem offers, sign up for loyalty rewards, and view their transaction histories.

Branded experience

How it works

Google Pay's new features are only part of the story.

Behind the scenes, we worked on the Google Pay APIs and developer tools to enable those experiences, help you acquire new customers, and better serve existing ones.

Google Pay APIs for Web and Android

Google Pay APIs for Web and Android enable your transaction history within your branded experience on Google Pay in addition to contactless payments in store. After a user makes a purchase with Google Pay or a Google Pay-enrolled card, they can search for your brand and view their transaction history in Google Pay.

Two phones showing inside your app and inside google pay

When you integrate with the Google Pay APIs, you're not only providing a convenient and secure checkout option in your app or on your website, but you also let your users track their transactions, independent of the channel, in one central place. Your brand becomes searchable for millions of active Google Pay users, which provides you with more reengagement opportunities.

Loyalty Enrollment and Sign-in API

The Loyalty Enrollment and Sign-in API lets users discover, and sign up or sign in to your loyalty program from your branded experience with a few taps in Google Pay.

Loyalty enrollment and sign-in API

When users sign up, they provide their consent and Google Pay securely shares sign-up details with your loyalty program’s sign-up process. They can use information that they already saved to their Google Accounts, which makes the sign-up process a snap. Afterward, users can easily access their loyalty passes at checkout.

4 phones

That does it for now, but these updates are only the beginning, so stay tuned for more news in this space!

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Send money to loved ones abroad with Google Pay

Every year, people around the world send nearly $700 billion to friends and relatives in their home countries, which pay for essential expenditures like healthcare, education, bills and more. According to a recent Mastercard study, 73% of people regularly send money abroad. However, in the last year, 38% of people surveyed reported greater involvement in international payments. This suggests that as the pandemic continues to create uncertainty, easing the financial anxieties of loved ones is even more critical. 


Starting today, Google Pay users in the U.S. will be able to send money to Google Pay users in India and Singapore, thanks to a new integration with Western Union and Wise. By the end of the year, we expect that U.S. Google Pay users will be able to send money to people in more than 200 countries and territories through Western Union and to more than 80 countries through Wise.
Two phones side-by-side which show the conversation in the Google Pay app between a US Google Pay user who sent money to a Google Pay user in Singapore.

U.S. Google Pay users can now send money to Google Pay users in India and Singapore via an integration with Western Union and Wise.

To send money internationally, start by searching for the Google Pay user you want to send money to, tap “Pay,” and select either Western Union or Wise. From there, you simply follow the steps to complete the payment. From now until June 16, Western Union will offer unlimited free transfers when sending money with Google Pay, and Wise will make the first transfer free for new customers on transfers up to $500.


For some, sending money back to their home countries is a regular activity and we are making it more accessible by adding it to the app that you use for your everyday money tasks. Working with Western Union and Wise, we’re now able to give those with family abroad a simple, safe and reliable way to send money abroad.

An update on our COVID response priorities

 Our teams at Google continue to support the tireless work of hospitals, nonprofits, and public health service providers across the country. Right now, we’re focused on three priority areas: ensuring people can access the latest and most authoritative information; amplifying vital safety and vaccination messages; and providing financial backing for affected communities, health authorities and other organizations.

Providing critical and authoritative information

On all our platforms, we’re taking steps to surface the critical information families and communities need to care for their own health and look after others.

Searches on the COVID-19 vaccine display key information around side effects, effectiveness, and registration details, while treatment-related queries surface guidance from ministry resources

When people ask questions about vaccines on Google Search, they see information panels that display the latest updates on vaccine safety, efficacy and side-effects, plus registration information that directs users to the Co-WIN website. You will also find information about prevention, self-care, and treatment under the Prevention and Treatment tab, in easy-to-understand language sourced from authorised medical sources and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

On YouTube we’re surfacing authoritative information in a set of playlists, about vaccines, preventing the spread of COVID-19, and facts from experts on COVID-19 care.

Our YouTube India channel features a set of playlists to share tips and information on COVID-19 care 

Testing and vaccination center locations

In addition to showing 2,500 testing centers on Search and Maps, we’re now sharing the locations of over 23,000 vaccination centers nationwide, in English and eight Indian languages. And we’re continuing to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to make more vaccination center information available to users throughout India.

Searching for vaccines in Maps and Search now shows over 23,000 vaccination centers across the country, in English and eight Indian languages

Pilot on hospital beds and medical oxygen availability

We know that some of the most crucial information people are searching for is the availability of hospital beds and access to medical oxygen. To help them find answers more easily, we’re testing a new feature using the Q&A function in Maps that enables people to ask about and share local information on availability of beds and medical oxygen in select locations. As this will be user generated content and not provided by authorised sources, it may be required to verify the accuracy and freshness of the information before utilizing it.

Amplifying vital safety and vaccination messages

As well as providing authoritative answers to queries, we’re using our channels to help extend the reach of health information campaigns. That includes the ‘Get the Facts’ around vaccines campaign, to encourage people to focus on authoritative information and content for vaccines. We’re also surfacing important safety messages through promotions on the Google homepage, Doodles and reminders within our apps and services.

Via the Google Search homepage and reminders within our apps and services, we are reminding people to stay safe and stay masked, and get authoritative information on vaccines

Supporting health authorities, organizations, and affected communities

Since the second wave began, we’ve been running an internal donation campaign to raise funds for nonprofit organizations helping those most in need, including GiveIndia, Charities Aid Foundation India, GOONJ, and United Way of Mumbai. This campaign has raised over $4.6 million (INR 33 crore) to date, and continues to generate much-needed support for relief efforts. 

We recognize that many more nonprofits need donations, and that Indians are eager to help where they can—so we’ve rolled out a COVID Aid campaign on Google Pay, featuring non-profit organizations like GiveIndia, Charities Aid Foundation, Goonj, Save the Children, Seeds, UNICEF India  (National NGOs) and United Way. We want to thank all our Google Pay users who have contributed to these organisations, and we hope this effort will make a difference where it matters most. 

On Google Pay people can contribute funds to non-profit organizations involved in COVID response

As India battles this devastating wave, we’ll keep doing all we can to support the selfless individuals and committed organizations on the front lines of the response. There’s a long way to go—but standing together in solidarity, working together with determination, we can and will turn the tide.  

Posted by the Covid Response team, Google India


Updated Google Pay button increases click-through rates

Posted by Soc Sieng, Developer Advocate, Google Pay

Google Pay header

An improved Google Pay button works wonders for click-through rates and the checkout experience.

The updated Google Pay button displays a user's card information, which makes the user 30% more likely to use it and increases conversions by 3.6%.

The display of the card's type and last four digits reminds the user that they already saved a payment card to their Google Account, which makes them more likely to opt for the quick and easy checkout process that Google Pay provides.

How it works

If a user configured an eligible payment method in their Google Account at the time of purchase, the Google Pay button displays the type and last four digits of their most-recently used card.

Dynamic Google Pay button

Figure 1. An example of the Google Pay button with the additional information.

Buy with Google Pay button

Figure 2. An example of the Google Pay button without the additional information.

How to enable card information

If you use the createButton API with default button options, your Google Pay button is automatically updated to include the user's card network and last four digits.

If you customized the createButton API and set buttonType to plain or short, set it to buy to make your Google Pay button display the user's card information.

If you haven’t integrated with the createButton API yet, consider doing so now so that the user knows that their payment details are a click away.

See it in action

To test the Google Pay button with other button options, check out this button-customization tool:

Next steps

To get started with Google Pay, visit Google Pay's Business Console. Make sure to use the createButton API to benefit from the new features. If you have any questions, tweet @GooglePayDevs on Twitter and use #AskGooglePayDevs.