Google Play Store gets UPI as payments option in India


PI or the United Payments Interface is one of the commonly used payments platform in India. It allows users to transfer small sums from the connected bank accounts to family, friends and vendors. Now users can also use UPI to make purchases in the Google Play Store.

Google Play Store currently accepts credit cards, debit cards, carrier billing via Airtel and Vodafone, Google Play Gift Cards and Google Play balance as payments option. But now users will get an additional option to make payments for e-books and app in the Play Store using BHIM UPI, XDA Developers reported. The option appears under the carrier billing option as ‘Add bank account with BHIM UPI ID’ in the Google Play Store app.

The new feature as per the report is available on the Google Play Store version 16.3.37 of the app and it is not available to all users yet. We were unable to verify this functionality. As of now, Play Store version 16.3.36 is latest version of Google’s Play Store available on Android smartphones and the company is offering no updates to the app yet. So, it is possible that the tech giant is rolling out the functionality in a phased manner and users will get to see UPI as the payments option in the coming days.

At present, 141 banks offer UPI functionality as a payments option. The addition of BHIM UPI as a payments option would make it easy for users to make purchases in the Play Store as it would allow them to make payments from a wide array of platforms including Indian Post Payments Bank and Jio Payments Bank among others.

Separately, Google is expected to roll out the latest version of its mobile operating system – Android 10 – on to Pixel smartphones on Tuesday, September 3. Reports, most of which are based on the support pages of Canadian telecom companies, indicate that the tech giant will roll out Android 10 update to all eight Pixel smartphones which includes Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

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