Aug 28 AT 10:25 PM Dustin Earley 7 Comments

Google Wallet looking to expand beyond credit cards

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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.

Via: MobileBurn

Source: YouTube

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • LukeT32

    I already use the United Airlines app for my boarding passes etc….. I wonder how hard it would be to get my flight info built into the same app…. Seems silly to bounce between apps.

    • R.S

      Don’t let Apple find out! They recently invented airline check in using NFC and patented it.

      As much as I dislike it, we won’t see an influx of merchants that accept NFC payments until the iPhone has NFC.

      Rumor is that the next iPhone will have it so let’s see how quickly merchants jump onto this innovative band wagon that Apple is about to grace us with.

  • elsantomoto

    I think the “digital wallet” is a great idea. Leave the leather wallet, which I can’t stand because it pokes me in my butt when I sit down, at home? Outstanding!
    My problem with Google Wallet, at this point anyhow, is the relative lack of merchants in my area who are set up to use a “digital wallet”. I can only eat at McDonald’s so much. Some sort of critical mass of merchants who use NFC needs to be reached. That said, it’s uber cool to just tap my phone on something to pay. Everyone who sees me do so seems very interested in the technology. Plus,now that Google Wallet is tied directly to my debit card, it’s even easier to use. Keep up the good work Google.

  • KennyL

    While I love this, I can’t help but feel a bit paranoid that I am giving Google even MORE information about myself. I know that privacy is dead but still…

  • jtownspowell

    I really want wallet to succeed, but, in the end, I’m pretty sure the powers that be are just going to shove ISIS down our throats.

    • jswenson3

      I couldn’t agree with you more, on BOTH points!!! Wallet=GOOD Carriers=BAD

  • Robert

    They should look to integrate Dwolla into Google wallet.