Google Tez has been officially updated and now allows users to pay any utility bill and other bills right from the App. This is a major change since September 2017, when the service was launched on iOS and Android.
Previously Tez only allowed for payments between bank accounts using India’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) protocol. The App now supports payments for more than 80 organizations — including national/state electric, gas and water and TV/internet services — with more to come soon.
Google mentioned in a blog post that “We’ve designed bill payments to be the most convenient way to manage life’s expenses, so you can pay right from your bank account in just a few taps. We can’t wait for you to try it out and see how much time you save.”
For most recurring utility bills, Tez will fetch any new bill and send the users a timely notification when it arrives. With a simple tap, you can check if you have paid the bill for the specific biller from the Tez Homescreen. Also, it is easy to check all the previous bills and manage multiple accounts at the same time.
Recently, WhatsApp has been rolling out the peer-to-peer payments with an active 200 million people user base in India. So with the Tez update Google is being optimistic, where WhatsApp is looking to dominate the payment market.