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Google launches digital Wallet, enhancing user experience



Google introduces Wallet alongside Google Pay, focusing on non-payment features

Google has introduced its digital wallet in India, marking a significant step towards enhancing digital experiences for users.

This launch comes almost two years after the app’s revamp as a digital wallet platform in the United States.

According to TechCrunch’s recent report, Google Wallet will operate alongside the existing Google Pay app in India.

Google Pay will remain the primary payment application in the country, underlining Google’s commitment to offering diverse options for users’ financial needs.

Ram Papatla, general manager and India engineering lead for Android at Google clarified during a press conference in New Delhi that while Google Pay remains essential, the newly introduced Google Wallet is designed to cater to non-payment use cases, enhancing its versatility for users.

Google Wallet brings several features to Android users in India, allowing them to conveniently store and access boarding passes, gift cards, event tickets, and loyalty passes.

Adding these items is simple, with options including QR codes, barcodes, links shared through Gmail, or using a dedicated “Add to Google Wallet” button on partner apps.

Additionally, the app enables users to store transit tickets and create passes from images containing barcodes or QR codes, such as airline boarding passes, luggage tags, or parking receipts.

Initially, Google Wallet will collaborate with various brands and local transport operators like PVR Inox, Flipkart, Air India, MakeMyTrip, Pine Labs, Ixigo, Kochi Metro, Hyderabad Metro, VRL Travels, and Abhibus. These partnerships aim to enhance user convenience and accessibility across different aspects of daily life.

The introduction of Wallet in India aligns with Android’s dominant position in the smartphone market, boasting a 93% market share, according to Counterpoint data. With increasing smartphone adoption rates, this presents an opportunity for Google to expand its digital wallet offerings in the country.

Despite competition from players like Samsung, Apple, and WhatsApp, Google Wallet aims to stand out through its features and local integrations. By focusing on delivering a seamless and comprehensive digital wallet experience, Google aims to empower users in India with greater control over their digital lives.

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