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Google Wallet launches in 39 countries

Google has announced it is deploying its new and improved Google Wallet in 39 separate markets. Now, the new digital wallet is making its way to Android and Wear OS devices with the new update replacing the existing Google Pay app where applicable.

            Google Wallet launches in 39 countries

Times have changed over the years, with a digital wallet being more than just about keeping credit cards on your smartphone.

Google Wallet has evolved and is now tasked with holding other valuable information such as IDs, loyalty cards, boarding passes, transit cards, hotel keys, and more.

It can offer support for any number of items thanks to Android developers. Since the pandemic, it has even been updated to support vaccine cards.

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 that is stored or transmitted using Google Wallet will be protect with encryption.

If you choose to connect it to other applications, you can receive data relevant to activities or events that you might be attending.

For example, this can include time or reservation changes for flights or whether your transit card has sufficient funds for a trip.

New and improved Google Wallet

While this update will be currently rolling out to 39 countries, those in the United States, Singapore, and India won’t be able to solely rely just on the Google Wallet app.

The completely reimagined digital wallet for Android and Wear OS standardizes the way you save and quickly access essential items such as payment and vaccine cards, transit and event tickets, boarding and loyalty passes.

The Wallet also features smart and smooth integrations with other Google apps and services. For example, when you add a transit card from a supported agency to Wallet, your card and balance will automatically show up in Google Maps when you search for directions.

If your balance is running low, you can quickly tap and add fare before you arrive at the station.

The new Google Wallet allows you to move seamlessly through the world without having to worry about security or privacy.

It provides you with granular settings and the Android security features you’re already used to such as authentication, biometrics and encryption so that you can create a privacy experience that works for you.


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