Google Tez UPI based mobile payments app launched in India
19 September, 2017, 00:40
You add your bank details and link the account to Tez.
Google has announced the launch of its new India-centric UPI based mobilepayments app, Tez. It's a part of India's payment standard, United Payments Interface (UPI), meaning that it works with all major banks.
However, there's a limit of $1,560 (₹1,00,000) on money transfers in one day. To "cash" in on this trend, Google has introduced its own payment app made especially for India.
At this point, the Google Tez app does not let you recharge your phone numbers, pay bills and do other similar transactions.
The Google Tez app supports various local languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. Money transfers with Tez are made using NPCI's (National Payments Corporation of India) Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Because Tez detect's them and you have a secure payment experience. After you've entered the details, a bank OTP is required for verification along with the UPI Pin.
On Monday, NITI Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant tweeted that the government-backed payments app BHIM had been downloaded three million times since its 30. Users will also be able to pay for goods online and in physical outlets.
The app description mentions that soon it will also enable payment through debit and credit cards.
Tez now supports 55 Indian banks including popular ones like the ICICI Bank, State Bank of India and HDFC Bank. Your weekly transactions will help enroll you in the Tez Lucky Sundays contest, where users can win up to ₹1 lakh every week.
On the other hand, an estimated 53 percent of the country's population has bank accounts.
And unlike mobile wallet systems, users can skip the additional step of managing a separate wallet fund, and transfer money to and from their accounts directly. Tez app is available on Google Play and Apple's App Store. However, it will first need to address challenges that are specific to India's e-payment market, before it can become a success.
Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley who has been very vocal about the usage of digital payment modes in India, himself launched the application with the vision of fastening India's digital growth, just as the name suggests.
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