Google have just unveiled some interesting new developments for Google Wallet on the iPhone, including single sign-on access and the ability to add credit card information by photo.
Google Wallet has been added to the single sign-on system. This means that if you are already signed on to another Google service on your phone, such as YouTube, Gmail, or Adsense, then you will be automatically logged into Wallet, when you need to use it. This is good news if you hate constantly logging in and out – it can get a bit tiresome after a while.
But the bigger news is that you can now save credit and debit card information on Google Wallet by simply taking a picture of the card with your phone camera. The card number and expiry date information will then be captured automatically via OCR, and you can then attach that information to Wallet. Android users have had that ability since last month, and now iOS users can finally take advantage.
These improvements are hot on the heels of Google Wallet announcing that US-based users can now apply for a physical Wallet card to spend their Wallet balance at Mastercard locations or withdraw cash at any ATM. It seems that Google is quickly pushing out Wallet updates as fast as possible these days.
Give the Wallet iPhone app a test and let us know in the comments what you think of it. Does the camera capture the card information correctly?
Source: 9to5 Google
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