With digital ID documents and more

It was only a matter of time. After credit cards, bonus cards and most recently the digital car key, Google is expanding the capabilities of its wallet app. Logically, starting with the digital vaccination card, but also other digital documents, there was room for improvement – ​​also with a view to the Apple counterpart. Logically, you want to gradually make the conventional wallet completely redundant. If the device is lost, it can also be blocked or deleted remotely – in contrast to the analogue version.

If you have a boarding pass for a flight in your wallet, you will receive news about delays. You will also be reminded of a concert in advance. The new Google wallet is designed to work better with other apps. For example, display the public transport ticket directly in Google Maps or even display the credit for the route. One would like to work with more transport companies and retailers in the future. Let’s see how things are in this country. In addition: If you take a screenshot of the boarding pass or vaccination certificate from now on, you can import it directly into the wallet app.

That’s right: The COVID vaccination certificate should also move into the wallet app. With Corona-Warn-App and Covpass there are good options, but then everything is in one place. Google does not pass on any data without consent, which should go without saying with such sensitive information.

For some markets, the new wallet app also serves as a kind of PayPal counterpart. Sending and receiving money from friends is included – including a virtual debit card. As with Apple, US customers will certainly also have the option of storing their digital ID documents or driver’s license on their smartphone and showing them via NFC thanks to corresponding virtual IDs. But that should only come later in the year anyway.

The new Google Wallet app is expected to be distributed in the coming weeks. And: The big update is also available for Wear OS. According to Google, the update should be available in over 40 countries, and Germany will certainly be part of it, although not all innovations can be used directly.

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