With Google Wallet, hotel keys and badges can soon be stored on your smartphone

Like Apple, Google wants you to be able to move around without taking your wallet with you, since everything will be stored digitally on your smartphone. During the annual I/O conference, the Mountain View company formalized a new application for Android called Google Wallet.

While the Google Pay app is focused on payments, Google Wallet will be used to digitally store all the items you would normally have in your wallet.

“The Google Pay app will be a complementary app to the wallet”said Arnold Goldberg, vice president and general manager of payments at Google, quoted by TechCrunch. “Consider [l’application Google Pay] like that higher value app that will allow you to make payments and manage money, while the wallet (Google Wallet) will really be that container to store your payment assets and your non-payment assets. »

Android gets a real digital wallet

The firm would have decided to move forward with this project following the health crisis, during which, in terms of digital transformation, 10 years of changes were observed to take place in just 2 years.

According to Sameer Samat, Vice President of Product Management, Android and Google Play, the new Google Wallet app “will standardize how you store and access these important items, as well as items such as payment cards, transit and event tickets, boarding and loyalty cards, and credit cards. ‘student. »

In the United States, even the driver’s license will be in Wallet

It also announces that soon, Google Wallet will save hotel keys, as well as employee badges. In the United States, it will even be possible to digitally store identity documents, such as a driver’s license, on the app. Google will, for this, collaborate with American states.

In addition, Google Wallet will not only digitally store cards, tickets, badges, etc. Indeed, the firm also wants to offer an integration of Wallet with its other services. And that should pave the way for additional features.

For example, if the user adds a transit card to Wallet, the card and balance may show up on Google Maps when finding directions. And it will be easy to add a fare if the balance on this card is already low.

Similar features are already available on iOS

Note that by launching Google Wallet, Google is only catching up with its operating system compared to iOS. Indeed, in recent years, Apple has multiplied its efforts to allow iPhone users to have everything within their devices. In March, in the United States, Apple announced the possibility of storing a digital version of the driver’s license and state IDs in the iPhone, for residents of Arizona. And other states including Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio and Puerto Rico are also interested.

Moreover, Apple already allows its users to store hotel keys in the iPhone. At the end of 2021, the Hyatt hotel chain announced support for this iOS feature in some of its properties in the United States.

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