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[Updated] Rant: Dealing With Google Wallet's Nightmare Peer-To-Peer Transfers, Clueless Support Line, And Ridiculous Fund Hold Times

Peer-to-peer fund transfers using an online service are nothing new – Paypal's been successfully doing it for years, and that's how AP writers have been getting paid since the site was launched. Needless to say, when Google announced payments through Gmail (which uses Wallet), it seemed like a no-brainer – we all have Google accounts, so this would be an ideal way to get paid.

Wrong. Getting paid through Wallet has been the absolute worst experience I've ever had with a money transfer, and I'm not alone here – this has been an incredibly frustrating experience for at least half of our team.

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Bank Of America App Updated With Mobile Check Deposit And Universal Transfers

My fellow Bank of America customers, lend me your ears! No longer do you need to sit in embarrassed silence as Chase Bank and PayPal users show off the ability to deposit checks magically through their smartphones. Now you too can revel in the futuristic technology of 2011, having waited only a year for the largest banking institution in the country to update its Android app in line with non government-subsidized competitors.

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Chase Mobile For Android Updated To Version 2.7 To Allow 24-Month Transaction History, Viewing/Use Of Chase Liquid Accounts, And More

Chase customers who use the bank's official Android app to stay on top of their banking on the go received an update recently, bringing the banking app up to version 2.7 and adding a few very handy enhancements.

Perhaps the most notable enhancement brought by the new update is the ability to scroll through up to 24 months of transactions related to Chase deposit accounts. The update also adds significant functionality for Chase Liquid customers (Liquid being the bank's reloadable ATM card service), including the ability to view account info, transfer money to your account, and use Chase QuickDeposit.

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Bank of America Becomes The First Major Bank To Release A Tablet-Optimized App, Makes Balancing The Checkbook A Little More Tolerable

If you own an Android 3.0+ tablet, then you're probably always on the lookout for tablet-optimized apps. If you also happen to be a Bank of America customer, then here's a new app that you'll probably want to hit the "install" button on right away: the official Bank of America for Tablet app.

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Not only does the app take advantage of the larger display of a tablet, but it also allows you to pay your bills and transfer funds, check your account balances, and find ATM and bank locations using GPS, all in a tidy and secure package.

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Major Financial Powerhouse U.S. Bank Releases Android App

U.S. Bank has decided to jump on the bandwagon and release their own Android banking app, which promises a fresh look, better navigation and improved security.

The app supports all the standard features one would expect from banking apps, including the ability to:

  • Deposit checks with DepositPoint Mobile - simply take a photo of the front and back of your check and input the dollar amount.
  • Pay bills
  • Check balances
  • Transfer money between accounts
  • View transactions
  • Locate ATMs

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Amex Customers Can Now Have All Their Banking Needs Taken Care Of With The American Express App For Android Tablets

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a bank and American Express may have given potential clients one more reason to pick them by launching the Amex for Android tablet app. The app allows American Express cardholders to review charges, pay bills, and take care of most of their banking needs.

Right now, the app supports the following features, with more being added:

  • Scheduling a payment
  • Checking your balance
  • Viewing your recent charges and payments
  • Managing all your card accounts
  • Viewing your membership rewards point balance

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To use the app simply download it to your Android 3.0+ tablet and log in using the same user ID and password you would use on

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Capital One Releases Android App For Mobile Banking

Capital One Services has finally joined the ranks of large financial institutions offering native Android mobile banking apps with the introduction of the official app.

Capital One account holders can now check their balances, pay bills, transfer funds between accounts, view recent transactions and rewards, and, of course, find the nearest branches and ATMs.

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The app works on Android phones running Donut (1.6) and up, but cannot yet be installed on Honeycomb tablets (support for them is coming later).

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[Update: Now With Check Deposits] Schwab App Released For Android, Easily Manage Your Money And Assets On The Go

For those that use the Charles Schwab Corporation for your banking and brokering needs, you've probably gotten frustrated with the lack of a mobile app at some point in the past. Those frustrations can be a thing of the past now, though, as Schwab has released an official app in the Android Market.

With this app you can manage all of your investments and transfer money between accounts, get real time market quotes, and easily trade stocks, mutual funds, and ETF's.

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PayPal App Finally Gets Check Scan And Deposit, iPhone Users Have One Less Thing To Brag About

PayPal for Android has, at long last, been updated with a killer-feature iUsers have enjoyed since last October: camera-based check scanning and depositing. As a frequent PayPal user, myself, I have to say: this is awesome. Checks are the very bane of my (financial) existence; I mean, who uses checks? Every time I get one of those evil little slips, I scurry down to my local Wells Fargo, wasting precious gasoline and time - assuming it doesn't just sit on my desk for a month, taunting me with its hand-scrawled promise of currency (if you haven't noticed, I'm kind of lazy.)

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Yes, I'm poor

While I could wait for Wells Fargo to implement such a feature, I might be waiting a while: their Android app is still just a URL bar-less mobile web page.

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