Google Hands Wallet to Apple Users
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) recently made its Google Wallet app available for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS users after unveiling a version for devices without near field communications capabilities earlier this week. Since iPhones and iPads utilize Bluetooth in lieu of NFC, the previous iterations of Google Wallet were unavailable to Apple users.
Like PayPal, Google Wallet is a money transfer service that allows users to transfer money from their Wallet or bank account to another user’s email address. However, users can also transfer money directly through their Gmail accounts after the first time they use the Google Wallet app.
It is also capable of storing loyalty cards and special offers from various businesses. Although previous versions of Google Wallet were only available for NFC-enabled smartphones, Google released an Android version without the NFC requirement on Tuesday. However, users of NFC-enabled phones can still “tap to pay” where NFC payment methods are accepted.