Google has now introduced Unified Payments Interface (UPI) as a payment option in India. The new feature available on Google Play Store version 16.3.36.
According to XDA Developers, Google Play Store in India currently supports credit cards, debit cards, net banking, and carrier billing via Airtel and Vodafone, Google Play Gift Cards and Google Play Balance as a payment option. Now, with a new version, the users of Google Play can make payments by using BHIM UPI.
Since it began operations in 2016, UPI has gradually adopted by most apps and services as one of the approved payment methods, which also includes Google's own digital payment app Google Pay (previously Google Tez).
The new feature as per the report is available on the Google Play Store version 16.3.37. However, it is not possible for all users yet. And we were not able to verify the existence of the UPI payment option, despite sideloading the desired version. We hope the users will get to see UPI as the payments option in the coming days.
Currently, as many as 141 banks in India provide UPI services. So users need not share their card details directly with Google, and instead, make do with their UPI ID.
However, UPI still requires a PIN to complete the transaction, but the smaller limits allowed by the service reduces the quantum of abuse, if there is any chance of it, the report added.