Sundar Pichai discusses Google’s future with Google Wallet, Google Plus, and the Chinese market

Sundar_Pichai_7885Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior VP of products, was recently interviewed by Forbes about the direction the company is taking in key areas. He discussed Google Wallet, how Google plans to utilize Android in the Chinese market, and where Google’s own social network was heading. It was a pretty interesting interview that shed some light on some of Google’s intentions and more or less confirmed some rumors we’ve been hearing.
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Revamped Android Pay will be announced at Google I/O

google_wallet_softcard_picture1With Apple Pay off to a solid start and Samsung working on a better competitor to the service, it would make sense for Google to push their own mobile payment system front and center to stay competitive, and some rumors are pointing at that happening at I/O later this year.

This new service, called Android Pay, will actually be separate from Google Wallet. Android Pay will supposedly allow vendors to integrate the service into their Android apps so customers can quickly buy things without having to put in their debit or credit card information over and over. On top of that, retailers will also be able to set up tap-to-pay transactions in physical locations using Android Pay. 
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Google partners with WePay to extend Wallet support to 200,000 online stores

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Around 200,000 online stores will now be able to support Google Wallet as a payment method. Google has partnered with payment processor WePay, putting the former’s Instant Buy feature in the online stores. Instant Buy allows Google Wallet users to make purchases with just two clicks whether they are on the web or a mobile device. It removes the process of inputting payment information repeatedly. Everything is secure in a Google Wallet account and can be used from site to site.


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Google Wallet surprising some users with $5 credit treats

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Several Google Wallet users have started to report that they are finding $5 “treats” in the app when they open it. The surprises consist of gift cards to various vendors for “being a loyal Wallet user.” It is not clear how Google is selecting the users to receive the gifts as some indicate they have not been using Wallet and others are heavy users, even participating in a current promo to get a gift when you buy a gift.
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Google offering $5 Google Wallet promo with purchase of select gift cards

Google_Wallet_LogoThroughout the holiday season, Google is offering $5 in promotional credit if you make a gift card purchase with Google Wallet. If you purchase any gift cards online through Regal Cinemas, Sephora, Staples, Toys “R” Us, or Whole Foods, you’ll get a free $5 gift card back. It’s not much, but hey, free money is never a bad thing.

These gift cards have to be purchased online, and it has to be done with a Wallet account by January 31st, but if you meet those conditions that $5 credit is yours to spend however you choose.

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“Buy with Google” deals offer savings for Google Wallet users

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Since Apple finally decided to get into the mobile payments space, competition has been heating up to get consumers to switch away from traditional debit and credit cards. In an effort to entice buyers to set up and make more use of their Google Wallet accounts, Google has launched a special “Buy with Google” promotion just in time for the holiday shopping season. Special deals are being offered to users who make a purchase using a vendor’s Android app and selecting “Buy with Google” to access their Google Wallet account when they checkout.
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Google will give you and your friend $5 when you introduce them to Wallet

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Google has just launched a new promotion for all Wallet users in the US. The search engine giant is offering to give both you and a friend $5 each in your Wallet Balance when you introduce your pal to the service. All you have to do is send a sum of money, which could be as little as “a penny,” to a buddy who doesn’t have a Google Wallet Balance yet, then when they claim the funds, you’ll each receive $5 free credit within 3 working days.

Hit the break for the full list of terms and conditions.


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