Thanks to the latest update of Google services on Android, the Pay application changes to Wallet and brings advanced features.
Google Pay is no more. Long live Google Wallet. While the latter had been integrated into the first in 2018, the Redmond firm is backpedaling to highlight the features of its service, no longer just dedicated to paying for purchases by NFC.
Already available on Android
Officially announced at Google I/O last May, the new version of Google Wallet is already available on Android smartphones. Just update the Pay app to see the changes.
Now a digital wallet that is more than a simple mobile payment solution, Google Wallet allows you to declutter your pockets by digitizing all or part of your loyalty, transport, boarding cards, concert tickets and other vaccination passes. You can also register your car keys there. With a simple press of the application icon, you can access all your saved cards, which you can then present to whomever it may concern using a QR Code or NFC.
In the future, Google Wallet will also make it possible to digitize its national identity card.
Is Google Wallet safe?
Mobile payment (or m-payment) is still little used in France. According to Statista, only one in 10 French people uses their smartphone to pay for their purchases. A reluctance explained in particular by the popularity of payment by contactless card, explains the institute.
It is also possible that paying with your mobile phone worries consumers. Where are the bank details sent? What to do if you lose your phone? Legitimate questions that Google tries to answer in its FAQ.
If it is understood that the payment of purchases is secure, in particular by cryptography. Like any means of payment normally registered on a website, Google ensures that it does not have access to it and, above all, does not resell the information to advertisers. Nevertheless, the service provider’s site details the personal data collected from its users when Google Pay, and therefore Wallet, is activated:
- Last name, first name, address, phone number, email, device ID
- Banking information, purchase history, credit information
- Search history, crash logs, diagnostics, and app performance data
- Information about applications installed on the terminal
- Access to text messages
- Access to photos, addresses and contacts