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.
Throughout 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.
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.
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.
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An update is rolling out now to Google Play Services, bringing new features to a slew of the company’s products. Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit are all involved in the version 6.5 update. On top of all of this, developers are being handed more control over the APIs utilized by an app.
If you use Google Wallet to buy and sell items online, start searching for another option. Google will be shutting down the Google Wallet for Digital Goods API on March 2, 2015. So everything will work just fine right up until that date. Support will be pulled immediately and Google is not going to offer another solution. Merchants using the Digital Goods API should remove the code from their site and pickup a new service to handle online transactions.
Source: Google Support
Let us not forget that Apple Pay is not the only mobile payment system out there. Google Wallet has been around for more than three years. The mobile payment system from Google ran into an issue to remain relevant and now the company rarely talks about it. Luckily, the arrival of Apple Pay seemingly sparked interest in Google Wallet.
There is another application from Google getting overhauled. The Material Design overhaul has been brought to Google Wallet. The functionality of the app is pretty much the same, but, as expected, it has a completely different look. And there is no question that Google Wallet looks great with Material Design. The one feature change is the addition to control your Google Wallet card. There are ways to lock or cancel it from within the app. The changes are so dramatic that Google is moving jumping ahead to version 7 with this update when the last update was version 2.
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A slew of retailers are taking a stand against mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Google Wallet. They are blocking the mobile payment services from Apple and Google (and even SoftCard) because one of their own will be launching next year. Companies including Old Navy, Lowes, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sears, Best Buy, Stop & Shop, Walmart, Wendy’s, and a bunch of gas stations are behind the CurrentC mobile payment service scheduled for 2015.
The benefit of using CurrentC will be the lack of processing fees as the credit card companies are not at all involved. CurrentC is designed to work by taking funds from the user’s checking account. With the credit card companies taken out of the equation, retailers behind CurrentC will offer exclusive promotions as an incentive.
Via: The Verge
There are a few options for people wanting to take everything in their wallet and turn it digital. Google Wallet and Isis (which it is being called for now) are both among the popular choices. Amazon is the newest entrant with an appropriately named app. Amazon Wallet will collect and store you gift cards and loyalty cards from various retailers and companies.
Right now, Amazon Wallet is missing the ability to actually act as a payment tool. So its current state is more of a digital wallet strictly for storage. To easily add items to the digital wallet, Amazon Wallet will allow users to use their devices to scan barcodes.
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