In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week, we look at Google Pay, the latest Three Connected Ireland Report, and news from Airbnb.
GOOGLE RELEASES NEW PAYMENT SERVICE
It’s time to say goodbye to Google Wallet and Android Pay – Google has just combined both of these services and created a new one: Google Pay. Google Pay will allow users to digitally store their credit and debit cards, as well as gift and reward cards. Users can also use the app for online and in-store purchases. In certain cities, such as London and Portland, users will be able to pay for transport.
Google announced the change in a blog post on Tuesday, but it’s still a work in progress. The company is currently working on bringing Google Pay to all Google products, such as Chrome and Assistant. Users will also be able to send and receive money using the service in the coming months, a feature which is already available on Apple Pay, Google Pay’s main competition.
New users can download the Google Play app now, and existing Android Pay users will receive an update. For more info on the new service, check out blog.google.
MAJORITY OF IRISH PEOPLE USE SMARTPHONE FOR NEWS
The majority of Irish people use their smartphone as their primary source of news, according to Three Ireland’s latest Connected Ireland Report. In the research report, which examines how Irish people use their smartphone, it was revealed that 57% of people use their smartphone as their main news source. 32% check out Facebook for headlines, compared to 28% listening to the radio, 11% watching TV and only 4% reading a newspaper.
The study also showed how young people continue to use their smartphone for more and more purposes. 38% of 16-24 year olds have bought something with their phone as a result of social media influencers, and 21% of this age group use their smartphone to review restaurants and accommodation.
AIRBNB TO INTRODUCE TWO NEW HIGH-END SERVICES
Airbnb is introducing two new services targeted towards high-end travellers, Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb.
Airbnb Plus is described as a new tier “intended for guests looking for beautiful homes”, Mashable reports. These homes will come with some guaranteed high-quality features, such as a well-stocked kitchen and speedy Wi-Fi. For a home to qualify for this new tier, it must be inspected and verified by an Airbnb employee. Airbnb Plus will also come with premium customer support.
The second new service, Beyond by Airbnb, is a new travel option that will include luxury accommodation in addition to custom “experiences”. It’s set to launch later this year and will feature Airbnb’s most high-end homes.
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