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Here is a piece of good news for iOS lovers. Google Wallet has be recently up for download for iOS devices now. The payments app has finally arrived for Apple's iPhone and iPad. The app focuses on sending mobile payments rather than in-store use, bringing with it transfers to friends, loyalty card tracking and nearby offers.
One of the key features in the Android version of Google Wallet is the Tap-to-pay feature which requires NFC and since iPhones do not come with NFC, that feature is absent in the iOS version. Other features of the app remain intact similar to the Android version. To be precise, features like transfer to friends, loyalty card tracking and nearby offers will be found in iOS version. Moreover, by registering a credit or a debit card to a Google Wallet account, users can send money to someone using their email address. However the functionality is limited to those in the US currently.
There is no need to worry about the security features as well because, users can keep things locked up using a PIN, and if they happen to lose their phone or tablet, the app can be disabled remotely using Google's site. Google Wallet for iOS, version 2.0.10206, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices is compatible with iOS 6.0 and above versions.
Apple is reportedly said to be planning to come up with its own mobile payment system, and it has already ditched NFC, it is currently focusing on Bluetooth connectivity like the one that PayPal's new Beacon system has been experimenting with.
Google Wallet is available on the App Store now in US but in India it has not showed up so far. But it is likely to hit the Indian Apple Store soon.