The new Wallet app no longer is limited to phones outfitted with NFC. As a result, the app is compatible with any phone running Android 2.3 or higher.
The new version also allows you to safely send money to any US resident with an e-mail address or from your bank account or Google Wallet balance or pay a slight premium to tap into funds from a linked credit or debit card.
The new app also promises to group together all your loyalty cards in one place by just scanning or inputting the number from the card to the app, and then scanning the app next time you’re at the checkout.
“The updated app helps you easily send money on the go, store all your loyalty cards, save money through offers, and view all your Google Wallet activity—all in one place.”
Google notes that you’ll be able to “join new programs like Alaska Airlines, Belly, and Red Mango within the Google Wallet app.”
Google Wallet’s new app will now includes merchant offers made through other Google products, such as the Google Maps app, Google Search, Google+ or Google Offers.
According to Peter Hazlehurst “They’re visible and redeemable in your Wallet app at checkout.” He added“And later this week, you’ll also be able to save offers on select merchant and couponing sites such as Valpak. Just show the offer on your app at checkout to redeem it. We’re working with many partners to bring you great offers, and will be adding more soon. It’s saving made simple.”
Google introduced many upgrades for Google Wallet, including the addition of an Instant Buy API that allows traders to make it easier and faster to shop using Android apps and Websites.