Google Pay is changing its name to Google Wallet again, now aligning itself with Apple’s offering.
Four years after its merger with Google Pay (then Android Pay), Google Wallet is back, even to the point of replacing Google Pay in most countries (but not all, it would be too easy for Google). Google Pay – which will therefore become Google Wallet if you’ve followed it correctly – will now offer new features – announced during the Google I/O – to come closer to what Apple Cards offer (which for the sake of simplicity in English Apple wallet is called). Explanations.
Google Pay (again) becomes Google Wallet
Like Apple Cards, Google Wallet aims to store all the important documents that we can carry with us, but also specific 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 airline tickets, tickets to an amusement park or even certificates of a Covid-19 vaccination.
Google wants to add other elements, such as hotel room keys, company badges, but also ID documents and driver’s licenses in certain countries. For that last point, Google refers to the United States and “international partners», but we have no precise information about France.
Better integration into the Google ecosystem
In addition to the redesign of the application and the new items that can be stored there, Google Wallet will integrate better with the Google ecosystem. For example, it will take pride of place in Google Maps for those looking for a route using public transport. This makes it possible to buy a ticket directly from the application to save it in your wallet.
We can hope that Google will offer much more interaction between Google Wallet and the rest of its services in the future. However, for this to be fully optimal in France, partnerships would need to be established with local banks to enable more people to use it without switching banks. It can’t be won…
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