Android Pay won’t kill off Google Wallet; “brand new” app promised
Yesterday brought us the announcement of Android Pay, Google’s new system for integrating mobile payments at a deeper level throughout the company’s platform. If you’re already a heavy Google Wallet user, it probably sounded pretty good, but some of the details may have given you pause. For instance, Android Pay won’t require users to manually start up its app, and instead will go active whenever you unlock your phone. Well, fine, but what if you don’t use a lockscreen at all? Will Android Pay still work for you? We’re waiting to find out, but now we’ve got one fewer reason to be concerned, as we get confirmation that not only is the stalwart Google Wallet not going anywhere, but there’s a major new version on the way.
Citing enormous growth, the Google Wallet team posted a message last night that it’s hard at work on “brand new” Wallet apps for both iOS and Android.
While that seems to imply a whole mess of new features, for now we’re only hearing about one: the ability to use a debit card to send and receive money to or from anyone, including non-Wallet-users. Full details on how that system would work aren’t being shared just yet, but it would rely on bank transfers or the Google Wallet card to access funds.
Google says that it will start talking specifics “in the coming months.”