Today, we’re introducing a new version of the Google Wallet app, which is rolling out this week to all Android phones (version 2.3 and higher), available this week in the U.S. The updated app helps you easily send money on the go, store all your loyalty cards, save money through offers, and view all your Google Wallet activity - all in one place.

Send money from anywhere
We recently announced the ability to send money in Gmail using Google Wallet. Now, with the Google Wallet app, you can easily and securely send money on the go to any friend in the US with an email address (ages 18+). It’s free to send money directly from your bank account or Google Wallet Balance, and low fees apply when using your linked credit or debit card. And as an added bonus, once you send money with the Google Wallet app, you’ll also get early access to sending money in Gmail from your desktop while we continue to roll out the feature broadly to Gmail users.

Never miss another loyalty point
With the new Google Wallet app, you can leave all your plastic loyalty cards at home and carry them on your phone. To add your cards, simply scan the barcode or input the card number into the app. The next time you’re at the store, you can earn points for your loyalty program by scanning the app at checkout. You can also easily join new programs like Alaska Airlines, Belly, and Red Mango within the Google Wallet app. For these merchants, you can view your loyalty status, rewards point balance and in the coming days, Google Now will notify you when you have a saved loyalty program nearby. And coming soon, choose from even more programs including Avis Car Rental, BJ’s Restaurants, Cosi, Hard Rock International, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, Raley’s, and The Body Shop.

Save more with offers
In addition to your loyalty cards, you can easily carry and use your offers with the Google Wallet app. No matter where you’ve found your offer - in the Google Maps app, Google Search, Google+ or Google Offers, they’re visible and redeemable in your Wallet app at checkout. And later this week, you’ll also be able to save offers on select merchant and couponing sites such as Valpak. Just show the offer on your app at checkout to redeem it. We’re working with many partners to bring you great offers, and will be adding more soon. It’s saving made simple.

See all your purchase activity in one place
In the new Google Wallet app, you can also see all your purchases made with Google Wallet in one place:
  • In-store purchases: If you have one of the 29 different NFC-enabled devices, you can continue to tap and pay at hundreds of thousands of US locations, while also enjoying the new Wallet features. We also have more NFC-enabled devices on the horizon as we continue to invest in NFC with our partners.
  • Online and mobile purchases: You can continue to speed through online shopping by using your Google Wallet account to pay on Google Play, select mobile websites or a growing set of Android apps.
A secure digital wallet
We take security seriously, so as always, all Google Wallet transactions are monitored 24/7 for fraud. Plus, with Google Wallet Purchase Protection, you’re 100% covered for eligible unauthorized Google Wallet transactions. And if you lose your phone, you can remotely disable the Google Wallet app online anytime. For added protection, remember to choose a strong password and enable 2-step verification for your Google Account.

Get the new Google Wallet Android app now
Download the new version of the Google Wallet app on the Google Play Store, rolling out this week in the US. Happy paying, saving and shopping!

Posted by Peter Hazlehurst, Director, Product Management - Google Wallet