Google has been trying to be the other company that wants to be the center of your life. While Gmail and its email alternative, Inbox, have been trying to be the focus of your life, it seems that Google is going to try to incorporate your bill paying chores into Gmail.
Recode is reporting that Google is attempting to give their Gmail users a chance to pay their bills through the email service. Codename: Pony Express, it will offer customers not only a place to get their paperless billing statements but pay them through the app. It is sort of what online banking has come through financial institutions online portals or mobile apps.
The site is reporting that the app will drop some time in the fourth quarter of 2015.
In order to use the app, you will need to provide your personal information, including social security number but the data and identity verification will be handled through a third party rather than through Google.
Bills will be able to be paid either by credit or debit cards, as well as being directly linked to your bank account. Google will most likely have to expand their Google Wallet presence as you are unable to link your bank account to the service.
It seems that you can either pay the whole bill or forward the bills to others like roommates or friends that offer to pay for part of it. There is no official word from Google but we can expect to hear more about this when it launches sometime later this year. While many people have not flocked to Google Wallet, as they did to Apple Pay, will people be jumping on board to use this feature?