Google Wallet Hits the Mainstream in the US

Google has delivered a major update to its Wallet app, including access for any Android user with version 2.3 or higher. The app was previously only available for select NFC handsets on specific networks, but is still limited to US users.

Wallet app users can now make free payments from their bank account or Wallet Balance to any email address, with fees of 2.9 per cent per transaction when using a linked credit or debit card. People who use this peer-to-peer service will be given early access to Gmail payments on desktop, the company has said.

Although Google has removed exclusivity for NFC handset users and recently turned off NFC for its loyalty cards in-app, Peter Hazlehurst, director of product management of Google Wallet, added to the announcement: “We also have more NFC-enabled devices on the horizon as we continue to invest in NFC with our partners.”