Featured: NFC Gaining Popularity, Google Wallet Usage Doubled In Past Month

Featured: Google Wallet Usage Doubled In Past Month Thanks To Recent Update

September 14, 2012 - Written By Mike Stenger

As more NFC capable machines make their way to stores across the nation, Google Wallet becomes even more appealing. For a while, it was pretty much useless to a lot of people considering the credit cards it worked with were extremely limited.

Last month however, Google updated Wallet to now support any credit card. Because of this update, usage of the app has doubled and is getting us one step closer to a completely digital payment process. Of course it’ll be years and years before more NFC capable payment systems make their way to stores, more people buy a phone with NFC, and for people’s perceptions to change over time.

The whole idea of adding your credit card to your phone and then waving it over something to pay for whatever, is a bit sketchy to some. When you look at the reality of it though and the encryption involved, including using a pin, it’s actually pretty safe.

Either way, the convenience factor is there and with Google Wallet, if you accidentally leave your own wallet at home, you’ll be covered (terminals permitting). How do you feel about Google Wallet? Are you using it or would you like to finally use it?