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Goodbye Google Wallet...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

February 25,2018 13:26

Gene Marks , Contributor I write about technology developments for small business owners. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. (Photo by studioEAST/Getty Images). Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and ...and more »



Gene Marks , Contributor I write about technology developments for small business owners. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

(Photo by studioEAST/Getty Images)

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?
 1 — Google Wallet is turning into Google Pay.
In January, Google announced it was bringing Android Pay and Google Wallet together under the new Google Pay brand. Now the new Google Pay–branded app is available through Google Play. Those who already have the Android Pay app installed won’t need to do anything; the app will show up as “Android Pay” on their phones. The transition is evidently still under way. (Source: Venture Beat)
Why this is important for your business:
Confused?  You’re not alone.  That’s why Google decided to consolidate all of its mobile payment services as Google Pay and yes it sounds familiar to another competing service. Mobile payment is still lagging behind projections and Google is trying to make Google Pay an easy, one-stop solution for you and your customers.
2 — Facebook Messenger now lets you add more people to in-progress calls.
Facebook Messenger now lets users add more people to a voice or video call without hanging up first. Before this, those who wanted to turn a one-on-one call into a group call needed to end the call and then go through the process of starting another call. The new feature is available with the latest Android and iOS Messenger update. (Source: Tech Crunch)

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