Google announced during the I/O 2022 event that it would be bringing back the Wallet app and the good news is that after about two months of waiting, the service is finally here and it’s for everyone.
Although the name “Google Wallet” has been in use for a long time now. Those who make use of Google Pay by default always have their cards stored automatically in the Google Wallet but then, Google Pay or GPay took over the naming branding back in 2018 and while the GPay service is still available, Google Wallet will offer more functionalities but it’s all for purchasing things online and offline.
The app was initially released in about 39 countries globally but anyone can now download the application so far their Android device runs Android 5.2 and above.
Since Google is trying to make payment as easy and accessible to everyone, the new Google Wallet service is meant to enhance payment and take things to the next level…hopefully.
Part of what makes the new Google Wallet app useful is the fact that it accepts credit cards and loyalty cards. It can even store your electronic keys, too. Additionally, the Wallet app will let you store your government ID, airplane tickets, and even proof of vaccination. This should make it easier to access those essential items.
How secured is the new Google Wallet
One thing that often gets people scared about tech companies is the safety of their data and information. Google on the other hand says its new Wallet app will offer all the securities that Android already offers.
Apart from that, data will be encrypted as well as purchases in order to keep purchase history secure. But, one thing that Google touts heavily is that Wallet isn’t closed off like some other wallet apps.
Google made the Wallet app open for any developer to develop for it and based on a post by Molly McHugh-Johnson, developers can make almost any item into a digital pass. Google has made a ton of templates they can draw from. And they can turn those generic templates into something more unique if they choose to.
Android users can expect a better experience from this application even though they would still be needing the Google Pay service for online and peer-to-peer payments even though both the Pay and Wallet services will continue to evolve beside one another over the next coming months.