According to a media report, the Google play store added a new Unified Payments Interface (UPI) as a payment method option for its users in India.
Currently, in India, Google Play Store supports debit cards, credit cards, net banking, and carrier billing via Vodafone and Airtel, Google Play Balance, Google Play Gift Cards, and through other means like Google Rewards
With a new version of Google Play, a UPI payment method option has been spotted.
According to the XDA Developers report on Sunday, By using the Google play store version 16.3.37, users have begun spotting UPI as an option. “despite sideloading the desired version, we were not able to verify the existence of the UPI payment method option. Perhaps it is a server-side switch that Google has yet to flip for all users, and, the company has since then released a more recent version of Google Play – v16.4.15. Even with this version, we were unable to see the UPI payment option. Do let us know if you were able to see the payment option in the comments section below”.
Currently, UPI has been adopted by many apps and services as one of the approved payment methods, which also includes Google’s own digital payment app Google Pay (formerly known as Google Tez).
Currently, UPI has 141 Indian banks on board and all users from those banks can use this mode to purchase apps from the Google Play Store. users need not share their card details directly with Google while using UPI and instead of that, they can make do with their UPI IDs.
The report also added that UPI still needs 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.