Google Wallet app now supports gift cards and sending money

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)



1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 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)

4. Reeyawn

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013


3. ysk79

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

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

5. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

6. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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