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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Google Wallet app will be the company’s own digital wallet app.
  • The application can store bank cards which will enable users to make payments even faster.
  • The Tech giant has also confirmed that the app will also get support for digital IDs.

At its I/O developer conference, Google launched Google Wallet, a new Android and Wear OS app that will allow users to store things like credit cards, loyalty cards, digital IDs, transit passes, concert tickets, vaccination cards, and more. The company is essentially trying to replace your physical wallet. And — here’s the kicker — this new Google Wallet app will also replace the old Google Pay app in some regions. That’s right, Google has officially confirmed that Google Pay will soon become the new Google Wallet app in regions outside the United States, Singapore, and India.

The idea behind the application is pretty straightforward — replace your physical wallet with a digital one that stays inside your phone. This means it’ll become a place to store all your IDs, credit and debit cards, airline boarding passes, and more. Google is also integrating its Wallet app with other services like Google Maps. For instance, adding your transit card to Wallet will trigger Google Maps to show your card and balance automatically when you search for directions.

Google Wallet app will be the company’s own digital wallet app.

The good news is that many stores, apps, or services that work with Google Pay will keep working as normal in the new Wallet app. Google is also adding the ability for companies to store generic passes in Wallet that don’t fit into existing categories, and you have the option of using your phone’s camera to scan an existing barcode yourself and save them to Google Wallet (though results may vary).

Google is also hoping to add support for drivers’ licenses and other forms of government IDs in Wallet, but work on that feature has been ongoing for years. Apple just added support for U.S. state IDs and drivers’ licenses in the iPhone Wallet app last year, and Arizona was the first state to enable the feature in March.

In addition to this, Google has also informed that the users will be able to keep their boarding pass for a flight in the app and it will also notify the users of any delay or cancellation. Google says that the application will also be compatible with other Google services. The company assures that it will protect the private information of every individual.

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