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Google Wallet app now supports gift cards and sending money

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Google Wallet app now supports gift cards and sending money
Google Wallet had something of a slow start, because Google was a bit too ambitious with it at first. Trying to create an NFC payment system proved too difficult, since manufacturers were slow to adopt the hardware, and only a few retailers jumped on board. But, Wallet has become much more useful after a recent pivot that brought the app more to something of a hybrid between PayPal and Apple's Passbook. 

Google started by removing the NFC requirement and adding support for all major credit cards. Then, it added support for loyalty cards, offers, and tracking online orders. Options to send and receive money have been available through the web versions of Wallet and Gmail, but now Google has finally brought those options to the mobile version of the app, and you can even request money from someone who might owe you a bit. You can also now add gift cards, bring them up to be scanned and redeemed in stores, and even check the balances on some, like AMC, Best Buy, Nike, Sephora, Whole Foods, and Toys R Us. 

The update is live in the iOS App Store, and is rolling out to Android devices this week. The app also now supports Spanish, which is nice. But, the service is still US only. 


Download: Google Wallet (Android & iOS)

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posted on 16 Jul 2014, 22:52 3

1. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


if they want it to be more popular make it available to more than just americans!!!

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 00:23 1

2. vincelongman (Posts: 1718; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Agreed
I always try use Google Wallet when I can because they charge less than Paypal or my bank when converting currency
Unfortunately many sites still dont accept Google Wallet, e.g. Steam and eBay (most sellers only accept Paypal)

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 04:51

4. Reeyawn (Posts: 65; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


agreed.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 02:19 3

3. ysk79 (Posts: 22; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


They should say US ONLY in the heading, so we living outside don't even click on the article and feel bad

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 06:11

5. NexusPhan (Posts: 541; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Uh, I've been sending money on the Android Google wallet app for a long time now. At the least the entire calendar year. It was an update a long time ago. This recent update only added money requests and gift cards.
Just read the source you listed PhoneArena! It says right in it.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 06:12

6. NexusPhan (Posts: 541; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Double Post

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