At the Google I/O conference yesterdayMountain View has unveiled a new (or almost new) contactless payment app. We’re talking about Google Wallet, a service it replaced with Google Pay that’s now back to challenge the competition from Apple.
According to the proposed name, Google Wallet will act as a digital wallet for credit cards, but also much more than that. Google cited renewed interest in such services, by consumers and businesses alike, as the rationale for such a move.
In addition to the cards, the application is proposed as an aggregator of a lot of useful information: Subscriptions, reservations, tickets, travel documents, driver’s license and even digital car keys. All with integration with other apps, like Google Maps.
Google’s history in the world of payments is, as mentioned, quite tortuous. Google Wallet was born in 2011, then integrated into Google Pay, and arrived in Italy in 2018 on all devices. Now this new service is still different: the original name returns, but it’s exclusive to Android. In any case, payment will not disappear, but will be integrated into various wallet functions.