Google will soon let you pay and manage your bills with Tez

Alfred Osborne
December 7, 2017

Google Tez will pass 12 million active users in India within the next couple of days, representing a significant jump over the 7.5 million users it Google CEO Sundar Pichai reported for the app five weeks since its launch on September 18 this year, Caesar Sengupta, VP of Product Management and lead for the Next Billion Users initiative at Google, said at the Google for India event held in New Delhi on Tuesday. The update will come with new features and apps such as Google Go, Files Go and Google Assistant, and will be available to "Oreo devices with 512MB to 1GB of RAM". That's impressive, considering that it's one of the newest apps to support India's Unified Payments Interface, which is a system devised by the government to allow for inter-bank transactions. It can be used where UPI payments are accepted.

In addition, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) data suggests that Tez accounted for 70% of all UPI transactions between October and November.

Tez is far from the finished article for Google, however, and the next big step was revealed by Sengupta at the Google For India showcase.

Small businesses are also using Tez to pay suppliers, and transfer money to employees.

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At its third annual Google for India event in New Delhi today, the company noted that its Tez payments app is set to cross 12 million active users in the country soon - and that it's getting some hot new features to make bill payment a breeze. This includes business like, Tata power, Red bus etc. More than 70 utilities and direct-to-home services are on board to accept bill payments, and the feature will roll out to users over the next few weeks.

Revealing the other favourable numbers, it said that 28 per cent of total search queries in India are done through voice commands.

While the growing user-base is a decent indicator of the app's early success, Google will be even happier with the actual usage stats. The most important is Android Go, a lightweight edition ... Furthermore, the search giant also confirmed to add more services in the future.

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