Earlier today, Google announced the rebranding of Google Tez to Google Pay, during the company’s ‘Google for India’ event. Alongside the rebranding, Google introduced new features that could soon help its Indian users get instant pre-approved loans from some banks. “Building for India has often meant Google building for everyone all around the world,” Caesar Sengupta, Vice-President, Next Billion Users initiative and Payments, Google. The search giant has confirmed that besides the name, nothing is changing about the experience of Google Tez in India.
“At the moment, nothing is changing about the experience in India other than the name,” he said, adding that Google is working with a few of India’s top banks- HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Federal Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank to offer pre-approved, instant loans to their customers, right from within Google Pay.
This feature will roll out to eligible users within the next few weeks, Google said. With the roll out of this feature, eligible users will see a notification telling that that they are pre-approved. Next, the users would have to decide how much they want to borrow, and how quickly they would like to repay.
Finally, after reviewing the terms of the loan, the bank will deposit the money in their bank account instantly without the need of any additional paperwork, Google said, according to IANS.
“In coming weeks and months, Google is making Pay even more useful through expanding the places users can pay in-store and online, expanding services for merchants, and working with the banks to provide instant loans to Google Pay users,” Sengupta said.
Google launched the Tez app in India last year and since then over 55 million people have downloaded the app and more than 22 million people and businesses actively use the app for digital transactions every month. Google Pay works with all major banks in India on BHIM UPI (Unified Payments Interface).
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