During Google I/O 2022, the company announced that it would be deploying a new and improved Google Wallet. Now, the new digital wallet is making its way to Android and Wear OS devices in 39 countries. The new update will replace the existing Google Pay app where applicable.
Times have changed over the years, with a digital wallet doing much more than just holding a credit card on your smartphone. Google Wallet has evolved and is now tasked with holding other valuable information such as ID, loyalty cards, boarding passes, transit cards, hotel keys, and more. This is thanks to Android developers offering support for any item. Since the pandemic, it has also been updated to support the Vaccine Card. But, when you have so much important information in one place, it’s important to keep it safe.
Google Wallet is backed by Android security features like facial recognition or locking it behind a password. Users will also be able to control the data and how it can be accessed. Data stored or transmitted using Google Wallet will be protected with encryption. If you choose to connect it to other apps, you can receive data relevant to the activities or events you can participate in. For example, this could include timing or reservation changes for flights or whether your transit card has sufficient funds for travel.
The new and improved Google Wallet… again.
While the update will currently be applicable in 39 countries, people in the United States, Singapore and India will not be able to rely solely on the Google Wallet app. Instead, those living in the areas mentioned earlier will also have to use Google Pay if they want to send money to a friend. Of course, people from other parts of the world can only rely on Google Wallet. If you’re interested, you can update your app if you’re currently using Google Pay. If not, you can visit the link given below to download it and give it a try.