Google Discontinuing Prepaid Google Cards Next Month
Google today informed customers of its Google Prepaid Cards that the service will be shut down October 17. Google said that customers will no longer be able to add funds to their Google Prepaid Card as of September 17, and any funds still in the account will be inaccessible after October 17. Google encourages users to spend their balance before then, though it will issue refunds to those who do not. Google pointed out that it now accepts more credit cards and debit cards, and feels the prepaid card is no longer necessary. Google Prepaid Card was one way users of Google Wallet could fund their purchases with less risk.
Google Unfolds A Brand New Wallet App for Android
Google today released a fully redesigned Google Wallet application for Android devices. Google Wallet is not an app for making mobile payments at retail.
Android Pay to Support Payments via Google Assistant
Google this week rolled out the Google Payment API, a new set of capabilities that will allow anyone to make in-app or online payments with any debit or credit card associated with their Google account. Google says this option will simplify the process for people to checkout and make purchases online, as it negates the need to fill out cumbersome purchasing forms.
Google Wallet Users Can Send Money Via Text Message
Google Wallet now lets people send money to others using only a phone number. The app has supported the ability to send money via email for a long time.
Google Launching Android Pay Today
Google said it is making Android Pay, its reborn mobile payment service, available to Android handsets beginning today. The app will be pushed to small batches of users over the next week, according to Google.
Google Debuts Family Library for Play Store Purchases
Google today introduced the Google Play Family Library, which allows a single account holder to share purchases with up to six family members. Google says eligible app, game, movie, TV show, and book purchases from the Play Store can be shared across Android and iOS devices, as well as the web with no additional sign-up fee.