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Google Wallet is now available in India | TechCrunch

Google Wallet is now available in India | TechCrunch

Google on Wednesday launched its digital wallet in India with local integration, almost two years after the app Relaunched as a digital wallet platform. in America

As TechCrunch Specially reported Last month, Google Wallet will work alongside the existing Google Pay app in India, which will remain the company's payments app in the country. Google had it. Changed your Pay app to Wallet. in the US in February

“Google Pay is not going anywhere. Google Pay is our core payments use case,” Ram Papatla, general manager and India engineering lead for Android at Google, said at a press conference in New Delhi. is designed to think about non-payment use cases.”

Google Wallet will allow Android users in India to store and access their boarding passes, gift cards, event tickets, and loyalty passes. You can add it all via a QR code, barcode or link shared via Gmail, or by using the dedicated Google Wallet button available on partner apps.

The app will also store transit tickets and let you create passes from any image containing a barcode or QR code, such as airline boarding passes, baggage tags or parking receipts.

Initially, Google Wallet will work with 20 brands, including PVR Inox, Flipkart, Air India, MakeMyTrip, Pine Labs and Ixigo. It has also roped in local transport operators like Kochi Metro, Hyderabad Metro, VRL Travels and Abhibus. Additionally, the company has partnered with system integrators Wavelynx and Alert Enterprise to allow users to store and access their corporate badges.

Android dominates the smartphone market in India, with a 93% market share, according to the latest Counterpoint data shared with TechCrunch. In 2023, of the 152 million smartphones shipped in the country, 140 million ran Android. The market research firm said the smartphone penetration rate for the year was 70 percent, up from 66 percent in 2021.

All this gives Google a solid reason to launch Wallet in India. However, it will face competition from Samsung Wallet, which the South Korean company offers as a one-stop digital wallet and payments app. Apple also has a Wallet app for iPhone users in the country, though the app doesn't have many local integrations. Instant messaging app WhatsApp also offers the ability to get virtual boarding passes and transit tickets from platforms like MakeMyTrip and state metro train operators.

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