Google Wallet Lawsuit Given Green Light to Proceed
Google was unable to convince a judge to dismiss a potential class action lawsuit concerning its Google Wallet application and service. A consumer sued Google in late 2013 alleging the company violated its own privacy policies by providing third-party app developers with consumer information, including street addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Lead plaintiff, Alice Svenson of Illinois, claims this practice raised the risk of identity theft. Though Google ceased the practice after the lawsuit was filed a year and a half ago, the plaintiff is seeking class action status, $1,000 per violation, and other punitive damages. Google Wallet has been around since 2011 and lets users store credit, debit, and loyalty cards on their phone in addition to make tap-and-go payments at participating retailers. Google didn't comment on the judge's decision.
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.
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 Wallet for iOS Gets A Feature-Removing Makeover
Google has revised the Google Wallet app for the iPhone to put it in line with the re-imagined Wallet app that now appears on Android devices. The Google Wallet app is now a simple tool for managing the Google Wallet Card and making payments to individuals.