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Google Tez UPI app tops 5 million downloads on Play Store

Deepali Moray | Staff
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Google Tez garners 7.5 million users, records over 30 million transactions: Sundar Pichai

It’s been over a month since Google Tez launched in India, and the app recently recorded 5 million downloads on Play Store. At Alphabet’s Q3 earnings call, the company announced the latest figures. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, when talking about Google’s revenue in Asian markets, highlighted what Google Tez has achieved so far. Pichai said that Google Tez now has 7.5 million users who have made over 30 million transactions on the app alone. Within a span of five weeks, Google Tez has managed to garner quite impressive stats for a cash first market like India. Caesar Sengupta, VP of Product Management at Google further highlighted how UPI had a total of 16.6 million transactions in August, and Google Tez managed


Google Tez is Android Pay's made for India version based on the UPI platform.

Last month, Google launched its first payment service in India - Google Tez. The app created with an objective of facilitating digital payments, aims to contribute to the Digital India initiative and has now been downloaded five million times from the Google Play Store.

Google Tez is based on UPI and is available on iOS and Android. At the time of launch, the app supported Axis, HDFC Bank, ICICI and State Bank of India, among other banks supported by UPI. It also supports online payment partners through which you can place orders on Dominos, RedBus, and Jet Airways.

One of the talking points of the app is its ‘Nearby’ feature. Similar to how file transfer app ShareIt works, Google Tez allows you to transact with your friends nearby. This is done using the Cash Mode, which allows you to instantly transfer cash to anyone nearby without the need to share your contact or bank details. This feature works in the same way as sharing photos or media to a nearby device connected over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. ALSO READ: Google Tez: How to use this light UPI app to make transactions

To recall, when launched, Google saw nearly 1.8 crore gross merchandise volume (GMV) done with over four lakh active users. To accelerate the adoption, Google also offered Tez Scratch Cards within the app at the time of launch. Using the scratch cards, you can earn up to Rs 1,000 for eligible transactions. You can also enrol in Lucky Sundays offer to win up to Rs 1 lakh every week.

Google Tez adds to the growing portfolio of digital payment services including Paytm, BHIM, and MobiKwik among others. Another key element of the app is that it is said to be made for India and hence, brings support for Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu, in addition to English. ALSO READ: Google partners with budget smartphone makers for pre-installing Tez in devices