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Google launches digital wallet app for Android users in India


In a move to push digital payments and cashless transactions, tech giant Google has introduced a new digital wallet application for Android users in . The app, simply called Google Wallet, allows users to securely store various non-payment items like loyalty cards, tickets, IDs and gift cards in one place on their phone.

The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Google says Wallet is meant for storing non-financial items, distinguishing it from their existing Google Pay app which is focused on money transfers and bill payments. “Google Pay remains our key payments product. Wallet is designed for convenient access to non-payment items like membership cards,” said a Google spokesperson.

Once installed, Wallet lets users easily add various documents and passes directly from their phone's gallery or by scanning physical cards. Commonly used items like grocery store loyalty cards, transit cards, event tickets and more can be stored digitally rather than needing to be physically carried. The app aims to provide a paperless and convenient way to access these frequently used non-payment items with a few simple taps.

Security and privacy were emphasized as core aspects of the new digital wallet. Documents and data added to the app are stored locally on device and kept private, according to Google. No financial or personal information is collected when using Wallet. This approach aims to give users assurance that their stored items remain under their private control and are not linked to advertising profiles.

Only time will tell if Google Wallet succeeds in gaining traction as a one-stop destination for storing valuables digital ID and tickets on phones. With growing preference for digital and contactless options, the app's promise of replacing physical cards in a secure manner could appeal to many Android users looking for simplified daily experiences. Continued focus on privacy will also be important to build trust for this new product in India's dynamic digital payments market.

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