Google Tez payments app gets new chat option to take on Paytm, WhatsApp

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Google in order to take on Paytm and WhatsApp has now integrated the new chat option in its Payments app; Tez. Currently, it has over 13.5 million active users and it runs on Unified Payments Interface. The feature is initially rolling out in batches.

The new option allows users to quickly chat within the app alongside sending and requesting money. With WhatsApp testing its Payments feature, Google has an edge with the new Chat option and no limit in transactions like WhatsApp. However, it is not available to everyone right away, but will gradually be available in batches.

The chat function will only be accessible if both parties are running the latest version of the Tez app on their mobile devices. The dedicated chat button is present right next to the ‘Pay’ and ‘Request’ buttons. It has options like block contacts or disable any particular chat thread. Paytm, on the other hand added Inbox button back in November with features including share photos, videos, and location and recall sent messages.

Google’s spokesperson in a statement said:

We’ve added a feature to Tez that allows you to send simple messages back and forth to your contacts about the payments you make.