You can do about a million things on your phone nowadays. You can watch movies, check your emails, see people in live time while you talk to them, make dinner reservations, “scan” documents by taking a photo, and now, you can even pay for in-store purchases without even having to take out your wallet. Google’s new app (appropriately named “Wallet”) has now upgraded to allow even more users to pay by phone instead of credit card or cash when they are checking out at a store. Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times reported:
“You might have heard that Google has an app called Wallet that lets you pay for things by tapping your phone instead of pulling out a credit card — but chances are you haven’t used it.
That is because it has worked only for people with Citibank accounts, MasterCards and a certain kind of Sprint phone. Now, Google has changed Wallet so people can use it with any credit card. The catch is that they still need one of just six Sprint or Virgin Mobile phones (or Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, but pulling out a tablet at a cash register seems more difficult than just using a credit card.)”
Click here to read how Google Wallet works, and who is able to utilize the app.
I honestly cannot even fathom what feature they will think of next to add to the already impressive list that a phone is capable of doing. It’s crazy to me that phones have come so far in the past 15 years, and it makes me wonder just where they’ll be another 15 years from now?