Google Wallet Review – A Replacement To Your Credit Card (Video)Exclusive — By Naveen Vaidhya on March 16, 2012 at 6:47 am
The future of buying is here – The Google Wallet
Before we begin let me tell you that is not the imminent future even though Google Wallet is all cool and highly impressive. Even though the service has been launched, it has not been used in full-fledged.
How Google Wallet Works:
In May 2011 the Big Daddy of Internet announced a unique service that make our wallet a thing of past. With the help Near Field Communication Technology (NFC) built on Android run Smartphones, the service allows your device to use it as a credit card. To use it, all you need to do is tap you NFC enabled Android device against the NFC compatible card reader at the retailer and lo! your money is automatically transferred to the retailer without taking your credit card from your wallet and swiping it.
If you are wondering whether this futuristic is safe at all, then let me tell it way safer than your plastic cards. When you turn the phone into sleep mode the chip inside cannot transmit anything and doesn’t store any data (and therefore it prevents any pervert meddling your device). And if suppose you haven’t used your Google Wallet in past thirty minutes or have manually locked it then a PIN code will be required before you can use the device again to transact.
Proficiency Of Google Wallet:
Use the Google Wallet in front of others and people will give surprising alien like looks at you. Or maybe they will think that you are using the iPhone 5 with iWallet.
Leaving the expressions of people apart the Google Wallet transacts with almost all NFC readers seamlessly and the best part is that you don’t have to launch the app manually, as the NFC reader automatically detects the phone and you will have to take the bill and move towards your vehicle.
Where You Can Use the Google Wallet:
This state of the art technology will not work everywhere. Not at your local stores at least, as the retailer requires the NFC reader machine to transact the money from you NFC enabled device.
And this is the reason why I said that Google Wallet is not an imminent future. Google have a challenging thing here – to provide the card reader to all retailers – that’s a tough job man! However many big retailers like Wal-Mart with Amex, Mastercard and Visa is already using while others are looking forward to bring this technology, but by the time this comes full-fledged our plastic money will be the main source to buy things.
How Do You Use Google Wallet:
Right now Google Wallet only supports the third-part card – Citi’s Mastercard and if you don’t have on of those, finding the one who has it is going to be hard. Nonetheless, Google has provided a solution for this – The Google Pre-paid card. It works like your debit card; you put money in it from other credit card and tap your Android devices to make the purchase. In your convenience, Google has also added a support to Amex, Visa and Discover cards.
About the Google Wallet App:
The Google Wallet App is perfectly made that allows easy interface and perfect intuitiveness. The app is divided into four perfect selections: Payment Cards / Loyalty Cards / My Offers / History.
- Payment Cards: This feature shows you all the involved credit cards that can be scrolled down horizontally. There is toggle button below every card you are using that will set that credit card as default for transactions. There is even option add retailers gift cards in this collection.
- Loyalty Cards: This feature is exactly like above features but made for cards with offers – buy two and get one free types.
- My Offers: My Offers allows you to see the offers running with your recent purchases with Google’s deals apps – the Google Shopper.
- History: This section will tell you all the details of amount you transacted and where you made it, right from the day you started it.
Is It Any Good?
Well it awesome, highly impressive and exciting to use. This is the first step by Big Daddy to change the way we buy things and now that NFC is just coming almost all Android devices, the time has come that this ubiquitous wallet killer will soon take over your plastic cards.
There is another service available, which is similar to Google Wallet – the Isis. But Google should be worried about Apple’s forthcoming iWallet than Isis. The iWallet feature will be seen in the next generation iPhone with NFC capabilities.