Google adds chat feature to Indian payments app

Google adds chat feature to Indian payments app

The merging of payments and messaging in India continues, with Google adding chat features to its Tez mobile money app.

Launched last September, Tez utilises India's Unified Payments Interface to enable smartphone users to send money to each other and pay for goods and services both offline and online.

Having already racked up more than 15 million registered users, the service is now hoping to broaden its appeal by adding a feature that lets people message contacts.

The move comes as messaging and payments converge in India. WhatsApp is piloting a UPI-based payments service for its 200 million-plus users in the country, while mobile wallet giant Paytm recently added a chat feature and messaging service Hike has rolled out P2P payments.

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