Google Wallet still kicking, gets quick-lock feature and multiple bank support in new update

Google Wallet may be a shadow of its former self, having handed off tap-and-pay functionality to the new Android Pay, but the app’s not going down without a fight, and continues to live on as Google’s solution for person-to-person money transfers. Even with that pared-down feature set, Google’s not putting Wallet on the back burner, and this week we see the arrival of an update that broadens support for payment options while improving app security.

Google Wallet already helps secure your funds by requesting a PIN when first launching or going unused for an extended period of time. And while that may be fine for many users, what if you want to quickly hand your phone to a friend – but maybe not give them access to Wallet at the same time? With the app’s latest update, a new “lock now” option appears at the bottom of the navigation bar, allowing you to secure the software until your PIN is re-entered.

The app also picks up the ability to link it to multiple bank accounts – great if you keep your funds spread across institutions or want to juggle separate personal and business accounts.

Do any of you readers still use Wallet following the Android Pay transition? Or do you prefer competitors like Venmo for your person-to-person payments?

Source: Android Police

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