Google is adding five new features to its Wallet app. Three of them fit in very quickly here, while the other two can get a little stuck.
Google Wallet, as its name suggests, aims to turn your good old wallet into a digital equivalent on a smartphone. Unfortunately, in France, many obstacles prevent the app from reaching its full potential, most traditional banks do not allow you to add your bank card to Wallet.
Google has just announced five new features that could improve interest in Google Wallet.
Convert an image to pass
The first innovation lies in converting a simple image of a physical pass into a digital pass. Most interestingly, Google claims that this feature will work on any pass as long as it has a barcode or QR code. In the example shown, we see a gym card being scanned, for example.
Another innovation is the integration of a small shortcut from Google News to Google Wallet. A specific example mentioned is airlines. Until RCS is implemented, Google says that soon, full check-in from Google Messages will be possible. At the end of check-in, the boarding pass can be registered with a single tap. As of now, this option is offered only to a few airlines.
Finally, Google announces the upcoming arrival of company badges in Wallet by the end of the year. See how it can be solidly integrated.
ID and Social Security card, it’s not soon
Two other additions have been offered, but are unlikely to reach us. This is an opportunity to add your ID card and your health insurance card directly to Wallet. In France, the future digital identity card may not be compatible with Wallet.
Similarly, the main card in its digital version has to go through a dedicated application, which excludes the possibility of going through Wallet.