Google Pay is once again changing its name to become Google Wallet, now getting closer to what Apple offers.
Four years after its merger within Google Pay (which was then Android Pay), Google Wallet is back, even to the point of replacing Google Pay in the majority of countries (but not all, it would be too simple for Google). Google Pay — which therefore becomes Google Wallet if you have followed correctly — will now offer new features — announced during Google I/O — to get closer to what Apple Cards offers (which is called Apple Wallet in English for simplify things). Explanations.
Google Pay (re) becomes Google Wallet
Like Apple Cards, Google Wallet is intended to store all the important documents that we can carry on our person, but also certain elements such as digital keys. In addition to bank cards, loyalty cards and public transport tickets, Google Wallet will also integrate many other elements, such as plane tickets, entrance tickets to an amusement park or even certificates. of Covid-19 vaccination.
Google wants to add other elements, such as hotel room keys, company badges, but also identity documents and driving licenses in certain countries. For this last point, Google refers to the United States and “international partners“, but we have no precise information concerning France.
Better integration into the Google ecosystem
Beyond the redesign of the application and the new elements that can be saved there, Google Wallet will better integrate into the Google ecosystem. For example, it will take pride of place in Google Maps for those looking for a public transport route. Thanks to this, it will be possible to buy a ticket directly from the application to save it in your wallet.
We can hope that Google offers many more interactions in the future between Google Wallet and the rest of its services. For this to be perfectly optimal in France, it would nevertheless be necessary for partnerships to be established with local banks in order to allow more people to use it without changing banking establishments. It’s not win…
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