It is surprising that it has been 2.5 years since Google Pay launched in India, and they can’t still figure out how to do contact search properly inside the application. How hard can it be to map the contact name you have set in your phonebook with the person’s UPI id? Also remember that Google owns Android and all the contact data that comes with it.

See what happens when you type “dad”, “mom” on Google Pay. Now compare with PhonePe’s search

Here is me searching for my brother on both Google Pay, and PhonePe

Google Pay vs Phonpe

My brother’s nickname is Captain, if that is not clear. See how PhonePe searches for the keyword “Captain” returns the result, and even shows the real name as confirmation, while Google Pay search fails

Google Pay’s success rate when it comes to transactions is far behind Phonepe’s. The least they can do is fix their user experience. A clutter-free homepage is a great start. But you expect more from a company like Google

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