The next time Google Wallet sees a major update, it may just be more wallet-like than ever before. During a YouTube question and answer session hosted by Google Wallet development manager Robin Dua, it was revealed that Google has much bigger plans for Wallet than just a mobile payment service.
Dua says that someday, Google Wallet will include everything from boarding passes and concert tickets, to loyalty cards and IDs:
One of the types of things we're trying to do is make it easy for airlines, transit providers, and other types of issuers of credentials to make it super simple for them to get their credentials stored in the wallet...That's the goal. We want you to be able to leave your leather wallet at home and carry your phone and transact with that as your primary transaction device.Robin DuaGoogle Wallet
With all-in ecosystems on the rise and rival companies making similar moves, Apple Passbook and Microsoft Wallet Hub, any news related to Google taking Wallet beyond a simple credit card replacement should come as no surprise. After all, what good would a wallet be if it only held credit cards?
There’s no time frame for when Wallet might see an update that would enable these kinds of features, but a fall launch would make sense. Right now we’re lacking any blockbuster new features that would be announced alongside a new Nexus device. An enhanced and improved Google Wallet experience would be great. Let’s hope Google can make this happen sooner than later.