Google’s experimental Pony Express service will let you pay bills directly within …

25 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gmail Will Soon Let You Pay Bills Straight From Your Inbox.

According to Recode, the new project is called Pony Express, though that could be an internal code name; Google could go in a different direction with branding when Pony Express launches to consumers. (But we very much hope it sticks around.) The service — being pushed as “the future of paper mail” according to Recode’s screenshots — is currently expected to roll out in the fourth quarter of 2015. The idea is to give Gmail users a new platform where they can organize mails, with features like marking, and pinning to top, or schedule a mail while the user is on a mobile device.

The company is now looking to convince users to use its new online platform for the same reason, where you won’t have to deal with anything new or alien. Then comes the process of switching between tabs to head to the billing website and getting our bills paid, not to mention the painfully annoying process that banks (local ones) will put you through thanks to their “professionally” built websites.

To use Pony Express, users will need to provide personal information including a full social security number, though this data and identify verification will be handled by a third party rather than Google itself. The service offers a separate mobile app, although Google keeps on reminding users that it was made by the Gmail team, and it was not created to replace Gmail.

Once that’s done, bills can be paid right within Gmail or Inbox, the company’s other email app that puts a greater focus on organization and surfacing messages that are timely or important. It automatically makes bundles based on category, like purchases, social, travel for itineraries or flight tickers, and finance for different types of bills. Simply known as ‘Pony Express,’ it will be inside Gmail, which is said to become the next big platform on the Internet to add a bill pay functionality, allowing users to send money or pay bills directly from their inbox. Google Wallet (which you’ll soon see a lot more of) doesn’t allow for this at present, so either Google will handle billing for the new service separately, or it will soon expand Wallet’s capabilities to support bank account linking. Aside from paying a full bill yourself, Pony Express will also allow Gmail users to forward bills onto other people (roommates, spouses, etc.) to split up the full balance.

Nonetheless, if the rumors are to be believed, and indeed Google is working on such a feature, it could change the way we carry out online transactions. Similar to Inbox, the firm’s Gmail team is reportedly building a new service that will prioritize a Gmail user’s personal electronic bills, or mails sent by several services like wireless carriers, or ISPs, utilities and more. As reports have suggested, this Google-based online billing platform will allow third-party services to collect the information the user would consider fitting for the bills that need paying. “For example, if your cable bill was due at the end of the month, and you regularly received emails, or electronic statements from your cable provider – then it would be relatively easy for Google to incorporate a feature which would allow the user to pay that bill,” a Hoops News report explains. But compared with paying by snail mail or visiting a utility provider’s website, this could make for a faster way of paying off those monthly expenses. The report also mentions that the project won’t have much problem getting off to a start that it needs since the kind of technology required for it “or apps that would be necssary to make such a platform function within Gmail,” are already available in Google’s ecosystem.

The Mountain View, based tech firm has been building services designed to keep things organized, in addition to capturing more online payment transactions. Early this month, Google introduced the first ever Google Store, an online service that bridges the gap between customers looking to purchase devices straight from Google, and Google’s partners looking to have better presence in the U.S. online retail market. The report said Google declined to comment about the service, but it’s possible that the so-called “Pony Service” will be working alongside the Google Wallet service which securely store credit and debit cards. Ξ

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