Google Wallet moves beyond NFC with expanded Android support

A new version of Google’s virtual wallet, Google Wallet, is out today and works for all phones running Android 2.3 and higher. Key among the updated app is the ability to send money to any U.S. resident with an email address.

No longer tied to NFC-enabled devices, Google Wallet lets users send money from a bank account, Google Wallet balance, or credit/debit card (with a slight premium). Working much like Paypal, the new Google Wallet also works through Gmail on a computer.  Sounds like Google’s acquisition of Bump could come into play with future versions of Wallet.

Loyalty cards are a major component of Google Wallet and provide digital versions of physical cards to retailers, airlines, restaurants, car rentals, and more.

Coming soon, choose from even more programs including Avis Car Rental, BJ’s Restaurants, Cosi, Hard Rock International, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, Raley’s, and The Body Shop.

Finally, offers are also getting a tweak and will soon work with new merchants and coupon services such as Valpak.

We’re working with many partners to bring you great offers, and will be adding more soon.

Download the new version of the Google Wallet app in the Google Play Store.

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