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Google Wallet: this is what the application that has already arrived on Android looks like | Digital Trends Spanish

Google Wallet was announced in Google I/O 2022 earlier this year, and now it’s finally starting to roll out to the public. Although there was a lot of initial confusion about how the app would differ from G Pay, Google’s other wallet-style app, the differences have finally become clearer as Android users can compare and contrast the two.

Because Wallet doesn’t have the plethora of features included in G Pay, it’s a bit basic at the moment. But that is the point. It’s a much more streamlined way of accessing credit cards and the like, but after logging in for the first time and putting in information, there’s not much else. Check out:

As you can see, Wallet really just serves a function as a digital place for Android users to store credit cards, IDs, virtual car keys, vaccination information, and more for quick use and access. It’s also the new home for tap-to-pay features, which were previously handled by GPay. Other than all that, there really isn’t much to do.

For those still scratching their heads over the differences between Wallet and GPay, here’s a quick breakdown: Wallet is an upgrade from the old Google Pay app, not to be confused with G Pay. The wallet works exactly like a normal wallet, but digitized. This means you only have cards in one place for easy access. G Pay, on the other hand, allows users to send money to each other, claim cashback rewards, and track spending from linked bank accounts.

Although the two appear to serve relatively similar purposes, especially as Wallet has now co-opted tap-to-pay, they have been split into two discrete apps. Essentially, if you’re looking to get the full Google mobile finance experience, you’ll need both apps. The two are in frequent conversations as G Pay has many links that will automatically take you to Wallet if selected.

Questions about whether it’s really necessary to have two apps for this have been circulating since the Wallet announcement. If you only want one aspect of Google’s financial apps, you don’t need the other for one to work. But they are limited in their options, so it’s not a bad idea to set both.

If the new Google Wallet app isn’t available to you on the Play Store, you can download APK file and install it manually that way.

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