October 31, 2014

Google Wallet update allows you to manage gift cards, send and request money from friends

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Google Wallet seems to sometimes be forgotten about by Google, rarely receiving any updates. It is, however, receiving quite a big update. The features will be for both Android and iOS users, allowing for an easier transfer of funds and a more defined shopping experience.

First and foremost, you can now store gift cards and check your balances in a hurry. Once you enter your gift card info, simply click on the gift card you’d like to use, and press ‘pay’. This is definitely a widely requested feature for the app, and it will make a lot of users happy. There is a small list of certain types of cards that will notify you when you’re near the respective store. So, next time you’re near a Best Buy or Whole Foods, you may get a notification from Google Wallet if you have a gift card.

The next big addition to Google Wallet is the ability to request or send money to a friend. Transferring is made super easy, and you can even send them a nudge as a reminder to pay you back. The money transfers instantly, and makes it a great alternative to transferring money through your bank.

Though Wallet isn’t the most popular money managing app, hopefully some of these features will help expand its user base a bit.

Source: Google Commerce, Via: Android Central