What if you could send money simply by “attaching” it to an E-Mail? The idea seems so obvious and elegant, it makes logging into PayPal seem like brain surgery. Although it may have flown under the radar, this is an actual service Google has just announced at IO 2013 and it’s ready for your enjoyment. Or the receiving party’s enjoyment, rather.
You’ve got to be 18 years of age or older and must be signed up for Google Wallet, so it isn’t quite as easy as loading up GMail, but it isn’t that far away, either.
I personally use PayPal for a multitude of purposes (many business related) and am shocked when other people don’t have PayPal. How do they accomplish simple online tasks like reimbursing friends for concert tickets? Apparently (unlike me) with cash, a check, or “I’ll get your next few rounds of beers.”
Right now the feature is only available for GMail on the desktop, but this seems like a service that would be extremely useful on Gmail’s native mobile clients as well. Don’t go poking around Android trying to attach money to your e-mails just yet, but hopefully we’ll see this as an attachment option in the future. Would you find this feature convenient? Has anyone seen this option pop up in their Gmail account?
We’ll continue poking around to see what other announcements have been made surrounding Google IO that didn’t sneak their way into the keynote, so stay tuned!