Google Wallet for iOS Updated With Single Sign-On, Card Adding via Camera

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googlewalletGoogle Wallet for iOS today received its first update following its initial September release. Version 2.0 of the app adds a new feature that allows people to use the iPhone's camera to snap pictures of credit cards and debit cards, entering information like card number and expiration date into the app automatically.

The app has been updated to support single sign-on, letting app users who have other single sign-on Google apps installed sign in to Google Wallet automatically. The physical Google Wallet Card can also now be used to withdraw iOS Wallet money at ATMs or spend money at locations that accept MasterCard.

- Instantly sign on to Wallet if you use other Google iOS apps supporting single sign on
- Add a credit/debit card just by taking a picture. Both the number and expiration date will be captured automatically.
- Use the Google Wallet Card to spend your Wallet Balance at millions of MasterCard® locations or withdraw cash at any ATM

Google Wallet can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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87 months ago
Google started creeping me out a few years ago, what with all the info they had from search, maps, ads, and email. A few months ago, when they decided they'd start turning the avatars of people I know into spokespeople for ads, I decided I'd had enough of them.

It's not an overnight progress, but most of my email is now done through my own server now, I've shifted entirely to Dropbox now, I use iCloud instead of Docs. iAd instead of AdSense. Apple Maps instead of Google Maps. Tumblr instead of their blog service. When I have more time, I'll migrate my support websites from Google to my own server, too. About the only thing I still do through Google is Search and Translate... And I use Chrome when I'm not on OS X.

I tried using search alternatives but none of them even come close to being as good as Google. I don't use Translate or Chrome often enough for those to worry me.

Letting Google be involved with my money is the absolute last thing I'd ever want to do. I don't even want banks to have my money - as much as possible I keep my money in credit unions.
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87 months ago

Google? No thanks.


Agree 100%. I refuse to use any Google products at this point. Too evil for my liking.
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87 months ago

I love Google news in an Apple forum :)


It's an iOS app release. Give it a rest.
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87 months ago
I trust Google to keep my information safe from hackers.

I don't want to depend on Google as much as the next person, but honestly, there is no one out there that has the ability to do so. I've been using Gmail since the beginning, and have never, ever, ever run into issues. I remember logging into AOL one day in 2001 and seeing my inbox littered from 1,000+ messages of pure SPAM after being away on a trip for a week. I've never had that happen with my Gmail account.

Fight Google's policies, but don't put your information in the hands of a company that couldn't prevent a huge hack from taking place. Security matters most than advertising practices. And honestly, if Google was as bad as everyone is making it out to be, then more companies besides Apple and Microsoft would be going on about it.

And I say that as someone who has gotten their Adobe account information accessed, their Evernote information compromised, their Yahoo details leaked, among other services. In result, people tried to access my Apple ID to do more damage. And it absolutely had nothing to do with weak passwords. I could have been that reporter who got his entire Mac wiped off.

I just got the Google Wallet card the other day. It's really interesting to see that all the card numbers and expiration dates are on the back, versus the front. It makes me feel more easy about keeping it in one of those attachable card holders you can get for smartphones and our other gadgets now.

The app is pretty good. I'm very impressed with how instant everything is considering that my bank and credit card company take a few moments for things to kick in. I enjoy the alert of when something doesn't go through, when a transaction occurs, and when (if pending) it completes. It's miles beyond the other systems in place already.

I hope they give us some perks in the next month or so. Would really like a 5% to 10% off deal. The more places that get onboard their loyalty program, the better! :D

Some cards lately are using different formats. The expiration dates on mine vary, some have them with the start and end date, and then there's the ones with just the end date. That probably confuses their backend that processes it.
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87 months ago
If you have a need for it, use it. If not, don't use it. At least the option is there - now the decision is up to the user.
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87 months ago
Google? No thanks.
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