Posted 12/05/2013 at 12:38 PM
Posted 3 years ago
Google Wallet, the virtual wallet that aims to provide convenient in-store and online shopping, has just received an iOS update, bringing it in line with the version introduced on Android last month.
Available as a free download, Google Wallet brings with it some new features, the most notable of which is the ability to use the iPhone’s camera to capture the number and expiration date of credit and debit cards automatically to allow easier access from within the app.
The new app also introduces single sign-on support, which will improve the usability of the app by allowing you to instantly sign in to Wallet if you are using other Google apps on iOS and are signed in. Additionally, it is now possible for iOS users to take advantage of a physical Google Wallet card, which can be used to spend your balance in brick-and-mortar stores supporting MasterCard and withdraw cash from ATMs.
Having originally been launched as an NFC-only service exclusive to Android, Google overhauled the service to become a digital cardholder, covering debit, credit, store, and reward cards. While the change was most likely done in response to the poor reaction to NFC-supported Google Wallet kiosks, it allowed Google to extend the service to iOS and the app was released on the iTunes App Store back in September.
Money can be easily transferred from your iPhone to cards and to another user’s email address for free. However, the iOS app is limited in that it cannot be used to tap a checkout terminal to pay for goods.
Google Wallet version 2.0.12117 is available to download now from the App Store.