News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday September 19, 2013.
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Google Wallet is in the process of going from a rebranded NFC-reliant payment service to a PayPal-esque mobile payment app that focuses more on sending money to people and redeeming offers. A new iPhone app will be part of that transition.
Google Wallet for iOS is now available for iOS 6 or later devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. None of these device have near field communications (NFC) to support short-range payment transactions, but that won't be a hindrance because Google seems to have given up on NFC dependency because of carrier resistance. An update to the Google Wallet Android app also expanded support to more devices that will be unable to use NFC to use point-of-sale terminals with Wallet, so Google has shifted its focus to sending money, monitoring transactions, and checking offers.
The same features that appeared on Android earlier this week have made their way to the iOS Wallet application. The app showcases subscription payments made online, Google Play purchases, and money sent to others (a verified ID and linked card is required to send payments). Google Wallet includes Offers redeemed online, current and expired, and has a listing for users to explore other offers in their area. The offers are listed with notifications for the distance from a current location. National offers that are used for online shopping also appear, and there is a "My Offers" page to see only offers that a user has already purchased.
Wallet also has a Loyalty program that stores a customer's store rewards cards that is retrieved when in stores. A number of programs from Alaska Airlines, Foot Locker, Office Depot, and Red Mango are included, but users can scan their barcodes to manually enter membership information.Engadget
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.