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[Google Wallet Death Watch] Most References To Google Wallet On Play Store Payment Methods Page Have Been Removed

As we know, Google Wallet as a product is probably not too long for this world, at least in the sense of being a product that people actually care about. Android Pay is taking over Google's mobile payment ambitions on Android, Google Payments is now the name of Google's payment system for content on Google Play and your general Google "money management" interface, and then there's Google Hands Free but we're not exactly sure what's going on there just yet. This leaves Wallet in a precarious position, particularly once Android Pay actually is released and its mobile app becomes essentially obsolete for anything but money transfers.

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Perplexing Payment Product News: Google May Have Renamed Parts Of Wallet "Google Payments" But We're Not Sure

Gone to wallet.google.com recently? Notice anything... missing? Like most mentions of "Wallet"? If so, you're not the only one! In fact, if you go to payments.google.com, the same page launches. And if you go to your settings on that page, there is a hilariously confusing mix of references to both Google Wallet and Google Payments. For example: there's a toggle box for accepting Google Wallet to receive commercial transactions.

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[I/O 2015] Android Pay Is Now Official, Will Be Available For KitKat And Newer Devices

While we've been following this rumor for months now, Google made Android Pay official during today's keynote. We first heard the name back in February, and knew something was coming ever since they acquired the intellectual property of mobile payment competitor Isis, an agreement that would also make Wallet a pre-installed app on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon phones. Though it was announced as part of Android M, it will work on KitKat and newer versions.

Functions new to Android Pay include the ability to tap to pay within apps. For apps that use the Pay API, you will only have to click "Buy with Android Pay" and leave the arduous typing of numbers and addresses to the automated system.

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[Update: New Audio And Video Playback Features] Chrome 43 Beta Adds Faster Checkout With Google Wallet Data And Colored Grey Status Bar [APK Download]

The Chrome blog has announced that version 43.0.2357.38 of the browser is being released to the beta channel on the Play Store. This update introduces the usual panoply of bug fixes and performance improvements — which seem to be quite effective this time around — along with a new feature. When purchasing an item, the process of filling checkout forms should be more streamlined and secure thanks to data from Google Wallet.

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Another visual change has been implemented in this version as well. Previously, when you had your Chrome tabs merged with Recents, the status bar would take the header color specified by the site (for example, it's blue on Android Police, orange on APK Mirror), but other sites would keep a black bar.

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Yahoo Finance: Google Wallet Balances Will Be FDIC-Insured

According to a Yahoo Finance exclusive, Google Wallet is now a little bit safer. Yahoo Finance reports that Google Wallet balances are now FDIC-insured, and that Google is accomplishing this by storing Wallet balances in FDIC-insured banking institutions. For reference, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insures a depositor's funds for banking institutions up to $250,000.

As Yahoo Finance points out, services like Wallet, Paypal, or Venmo are considered "non-banking institutions," meaning that they aren't legally required to be federally insured, and indeed Paypal and Venmo currently aren't (though Paypal does offer its own account protection measures).

The report also notes that Google Wallet's current user agreement says balances are not FDIC-insured, but that "a Google spokesperson confirmed in a statement to Yahoo Finance that its current policy has changed."

Ultimately it seems as though Wallet's FDIC insurance will be of little consequence to users, except that it provides peace of mind in case the worst should happen.

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Spring's More Than 700 Fashion Brands Are Setting Up Shop On Android

Spring, the fashion shopping application that launched on iOS several months ago, is now available on Android devices as well. The service isn't focused on social sharing, instead billing itself as an e-commerce and aiming first and foremost to make it easier to shop 700+ men's and women's fashion brands. It has exclusives, sales (sometimes), an easy check-out experience, and it handles customer service for orders instead of directing you to the brands. And this isn't your whim-of-the-day start-up. According to Forbes, Spring has kept a 100% retention on all of its launch brands, is adding more every week, and has now secured $25 Million in funding to grow its business and hire more people beyond its current 45 employees.

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Google And ChowNow Partner Up To Use Wallet For Mobile Payments At Thousands Of Independent Restaurants

Mobile payments are on the rise. Google has been working with companies for years, and with Apple Pay turning more consumers on to the idea, new opportunities to swipe your phone at a register or pay in advance are popping up left and right.

Now Google has partnered with ChowNow to bring Wallet to thousands of independent restaurants across the US. As of today, restaurants have updated their mobile apps to include Wallet as an additional option at checkout. Future businesses that work with ChowNow will offer integration from the beginning.

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The move will hopefully serve as a win-win for everyone involved.

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[Update: Changelog Added] Google Wallet 9.0 Adds Search To The Transactions Screen, Drops Orders Screen Entirely [APK Download]

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Lyft Will Now Let You Pay For Your Ride Using Google Wallet

Lyft, the ride-sharing service that is more than happy to have someone drive you around town, will now let you pay for said trip using Google Wallet.

The functionality is available directly inside the app, where you can simply tap Add Google Wallet to skirt around entering your credit card number manually, assuming you already have one saved to your Google account. If you've bought something from the Play Store without using a gift card, then that's more than likely a yes.

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Google Wallet will show up as your default form of payment, but you can still use alternatives if you so choose.

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Sundar Pichai Briefly Confirms Android Pay At Mobile World Congress

Right now a mobile payment system is kind of like a pair of Crocs in the mid-2000s: everyone has to have one and it isn't clear why. Of course Google Wallet has been around for years, but now that Apple Pay (and Samsung Pay, and apparently everyone is paying everything) is around Google needs something a little more competitive, perhaps using those newly-acquired Softcard assets. We've known about Android Pay, a new mobile payment API, for a few weeks. Google's SVP of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps spoke briefly on Android Pay at Mobile World Congress, officially confirming the service.

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