I feel like I’m in the minority among my peers. I use Google Wallet and Android
Pay pretty religiously. I choose to shop at establishments that allow me to use
this technology as often as possible. I ask my peers that use Android devices
how they like being able to pay with their phone and most say they’ve never
done it and of those that have, they’ve only done it once or twice.
This isn’t a story about how I’m totally fucking awesome and ahead of the curve
though. This is a story about how Google forced me to transition from Google
Wallet to Android Pay and how the process flopped from a user experience
To start, Android Pay was something that just showed up on my phone one day. I
must have had automatic updates enabled or something. Google Wallet just
stopped working and they said I had to use Android Pay. Great, or so I thought.
The first time I used Android Pay, I was laying in bed and just realized that
Google Wallet had been replaced on my Nexus 5. I went to see what it was all
about and I was greeted with some information about the new app and then asked
to verify the credit cards I had on file by entering the CVV codes on the
If I had been out and about trying to use the app the actually pay for
something I would have been completely fucked. I only carry a couple of cards
on me (less every day) but keep more cards loaded up in my Google Wallet
depending on what I’m buying. That’s the beauty of it. Now I have to re-verify
cards that were previously working just fine? An absolute fail.
A few days later, I finally decided to hop back in and verify my cards.
Fortunately after verifying, everything starting working again as it was
previously. The transition was pretty painless but the fact that I could have
been put in a situation where I couldn’t use the app was quite disconcerting.
I’m aware that Google is a highly successful company, but these kind of
scenarios make me realize how easy it is for large and successful companies to
be knocked off by scrappy upstarts. An attention to detail doesn’t always
scale, regardless of how successful your company is.
I am actually planning to move back to an iPhone soon, not because of this
particular issue but because I still feel like Android as a whole isn’t as
polished as I’d like it to be. Maybe down the road it will be, but today that’s
just not the case for me.