Google Wallet’s iOS app now lets you exchange money with anyone

22 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Wallet for iOS redesigned with focus on peer-to-peer payments.

Users can now send peer-to-peer payments, or cash out directly to a debit card — though Google is removing support for loyalty cards, gift cards, and offers with this update.

Just add any U.S. debit card—snap a photo in the app, or manually type the details—then choose the appropriate function and enter one or more email addresses. You can export those here. “Send money to anyone in the U.S. with an email address,” Google said of the new service. “It’s fast, easy, and free to send directly from your debit card, bank account, or Wallet Balance.” “When you receive money, you can quickly cash out to your bank account using your debit card, or spend it instantly with the Google Wallet Card,” the company added. Emphasis is being placed on the ability to send money to people who don’t use the Wallet, though, for now, this feature is also still exclusive to U.S. users.

Google updated the Android version last week with a new icon, sleeker design, and more functions—including an activity stream to highlight the sender or recipient, amount, and date of transaction. With an increasing number of the apps that we already use on a daily basis starting to incorporate peer-to-peer payments — including Facebook and Snapchat — the “Wallet Wars” are just getting started. It’s an obvious hit at services like Venmo; whether it’s got the pull to de-throne the check-splitting app of choice is a different question, but Google’s certainly giving it a try. S Health is capable of tracking steps and activity, food logging, and more, while it can also be used to set daily goals, and improve general fitness through training programs.

Android Pay, which arrived earlier this month, is a new NFC-compatible mobile payment option that functions much like Apple Pay, but for Android-based devices. Look for it at stores like Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Babies “R” Us, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bloomingdale’s, GameStop, Jamba Juice, Macy’s, Office Depot, Panera Bread, Petco, Rite Aid, Sports Authority, Staples, Subway, Walgreens, Toys “R” Us, and Whole Foods.

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