Google planning to make Google Wallet into... a wallet

Google planning to make Google Wallet into... a wallet
For those of you who noticed, Google didn't name its mobile payment system something like Google Pay, or Google Money, because that's not the ultimate aim of the product, and Google is finally pushing towards that goal. Last month, Google Wallet got a huge update that finally made it a useful option for mobile payments by adding support for all types of credit cards, and next up are all of the other cards in your wallet. 

The plan is to not only add features that we've seen announced by Apple with iOS 6's Passbook, and Microsoft with Windows Phone 8's Wallet Hub, but go a bit farther than that. Google wants Wallet to be able to handle loyalty cards, rewards cards, boarding passes, tickets, and coupons like both Apple and Microsoft plan to offer. But, beyond that Google also wants Wallet to integrate public transportation passes, and maybe even your official ID, which really would make it a complete wallet replacement option. 

It's an ambitious plan, but it all seems pretty reasonable, except perhaps the official ID part. Google already has a pilot program with New Jersey Transit to integrate public transport passes, so that's pretty close. If Google can pull this off before WP8 launches, it would certainly take away from Microsoft's claim of having the "most complete wallet experience". And, of course, Apple's offering doesn't include any kind of mobile payments, which would make sense given that it doesn't look like the iPhone 5 will even have an NFC chip.


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37 Comments

1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

Wall? ET

2. Supermanz28

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You no this will deff help google edge out Iphone 5 but at the same time we know the consumer will lose the phone and we will see stories of identities lost due to their phone having all that info without any kind of recovery software or remote wipe lol

15. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Kno, i did Knot No that

26. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

You have to know the PIN to access Wallet, and a factory reset permanently fries the secure element so that all data cannot be accessed, and the device cannot be used for NFC secure payments again. It's pretty secure.

29. Supermanz28

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

well if thats the case thats pretty good i would love to b able to use this u no how many people me including leave there wallet at home or forget it? but how many ever leave there phone i would make it threw the day w/o the wallet but not my phone no u dont have to worry about it if this really works

3. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

YES! I already use my phone like this for train boarding passes because the scanning machine will just scan the barcode off the screen on my phone but this would be even better. The day when I can have my drivers license, credit card (already done) and my Stop and Shop rewards card on my phone will be a glorious day because I will no longer need a wallet at all. Let's do it up Google...

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Haha! I was going to say the same exact thing! lol I love the look I get when I pay for something with my phone. ESPECIALLY when I go to buy some Johnnie Walker at the local liquor store. lol +1

8. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah dude, I think I may have told this story already but: I was at CVS about six months ago. I paid using Google Wallet. The girl says to me: "Wait a second, what just happened?" -"I paid with my phone." "I get that, but how?" -"Google Wallet." "What phone is that?" -"Galaxy Nexus on Verizon." That alone was funny enough to me. Now fast forward to about six weeks ago when i'm at the same CVS... and the girl now has a Galaxy Nexus. Haha!

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Nice. I love how you convert people to the side of the Force. lol "Luke trust your feelings"

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Amen. But even if Android was "The dark side", it still feels good to be bad!

39. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol Yes it does, yes it does.

4. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

This is what makes google better, They just not introduce cool stuff but also make it better time after time and even make it better than others. Android was nothing few years back but now its d best. Same with it.

6. JessJess unregistered

"And, of course, Apple's offering doesn't include any kind of mobile payments, which would make sense given that it doesn't look like the iPhone 5 will even have an NFC chip." http://tinyurl.com/8gdnn5h

18. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Which has absolutely no bearing on the fact that it more than likely won't be part of the next iPhone.

21. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

and you know this for a fact? yeah I didn't think so

25. Supermanz28

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

do you really think apple will change the design build or iOS 6 just to match google, now whos copying a design, bam lawsuit lol

28. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

problem there is apple will probably sue before google would apple will simply sue cause they will pull a patent out of there rear ends and say look we thought of it first. even if they don't aready have a patent for it they wil instantly file for one even if google already has one in and processing apples patent will be proccessed and completed way before googles will. I am not saying apple is better. i am saying what will more than likely happen.

7. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

If it catches on, how much you wanna bet Apple will come up with a "patent" they filed years ago???

9. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Well as soon as Apple's patent on "a good idea" goes through we're all screwed.

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

they already did... using shake to approve an NFC transaction....

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Android fans can't go one non-Apple article without mentioning Apple in some form. Apple isn't even trying to compete in the mobile payment business.

19. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Mxyzptlk, Considering all the talk of whether or not the iPhone5(?) will have NFC I think it's fair to mention Apple in an article regarding NFC payment systems. Nobody said Apple was trying to compete in the mobile payment business. Move along.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This article has zero thing to do with Apple. There was no reason to bring them up at all.

32. Aeires unregistered

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What makes you think that's for mobile payment like Google Wallet?

11. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Instead of incorporating Google Wallet into your smartphone how about Google creates an NFC-capable device the size of a credit card that can take up all the tasking? That way I can still buy groceries even when my batteries are dead.

13. squeeb

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

But that kind of defeats the purpose..the idea it to carry around less not more. Battery isn't really an issue for me, even as a heavy user the second I get in my car the phone is immediately put on the charger.

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Shadowcell I strongly encourage you to buy a stand-alone battery charger and a spare battery. Even when i'm on full brightness with LTE on it takes me at least 2 hours of solid use to kill my Galaxy Nexus.. and it takes less than that for my stand-alone charger to charge my spare. Bottom line is I ALWAYS have juice. Just bring the stand alone and plug it in the car when i'm driving or at the office when i'm at work. I don't even remember the last time my phone actually touched a charger.

22. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Spare battery, stand alone charger......? So it's okay to bring these but not the proposed NFC device? Whatever, not going to argue here. You guys are pure geniuses contradicting yourselves.

35. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

I really dont see how your suggestion is better than the current concept of Google Wallet. Heres another thought, if you dont like iamcc's advice. USE A FRIGGN ACTUAL WALLET. Credit cards and cash dont require batteries =D

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