Google Wallet update lets you request money, send money for free, and manage giftcards [VIDEO]


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While mobile payment services like Isis are busy rebranding their company, Google Wallet is focusing on adding even more value to their mobile payment app. The latest, detailed on the Google Commerce blog, introduce an even easier ways to manage, send, or receive money.

Giftcard management is once of the bigger features making its way into the latest version of the app (now available on Google Play and gives users the ability to add and redeem gift cards using nothing more than the Wallet app. The best part is for certain gift cards, you can even get reminders the next time you’re near an applicable store. And because less waste is always good, Google Wallet also supports “e-gifts” from a number of retailers, making physical gift cards a thing of the past.

When it comes to sending money, Google has eliminated the charges normally accrued when sending money with only a debit card on file, a new policy that should remove any hesitation about sending money through Wallet. For receiving, that’s made easier too by being able to request money from friends or family using the Wallet app or online via Gmail.

Oh, and there’s also Spanish support. As usual — this is US-only, folks.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Gift card support is actually quite lovely. I need to read the terms on that though. I wanna know if it get’s considered actual cash on the card, or what. Like if you add a Best Buy gift card and swipe it at Best Buy will it charge the gift card first.

  2. Anyone know if Bill Gates uses Wallet? I’d like to make a request.

    1. That would be so funny if someone did, and he sent them $100,000. That’s like pocket change to him.

      1. What about you Chris? I know you got a fat bank account O_o

      2. You can only do requests of up to $10,000. I’m still waiting for @stevealbright:disqus to approve mine.

      3. I waited on Bill Gates several years ago when Microsoft was having its convention in San Diego – dude was very low key (regular jeans, off-brand sneakers you’d find at K-mart). He was very attentive when I had to be at the table… left 20% gratuity on a good sized dinner bill for 3.

        Paid with a Wells Fargo Check cashing card… not some black / platinum / unobtainium card… just a straight up check cashing card.

        If anyone were likely to send $100,000 “just cuz” — it would be him.

  3. Gift cards and loyalty cards might help, as would coupons, but Google Wallet is dead for POS payments and for P2P transfers.

    1. I use it for POS all the time. McDonald’s, grocery store, CVS… Even had a McDonaald’s employee say they might jump from iPhone now that they know Android can do tap-to-pay.

  4. You start small. I take Nicole dimes and quarter to my Google wallet it all adds up. [email protected]

  5. I hate Verizon for shutting this down on me!

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