After introducing a handful of new features such as manage your Gift cards, Money requests, Spanish support and more; Google Wallet’s latest update adds some sweet new features such as Touch ID support. Instead of using a PIN to open Google’s mobile wallet app, you can now opt to unlock the app with a fingerprint. The new version 8.174.19 also allows access to loyalty and gift cards while offline.
According to the Google Wallet’s iTunes listing, the mobile payment service is optimized for Apple’s bigger iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus screens. Many iPhone 6 users will prefer to use Apple Pay, but it’s good to see that Google is adding more features into Wallet on iOS for the loyal customers that keep using it.
Google has introduced another interesting feature to the app’s iOS version – the ability to split a payment between multiple users, say, your friends at a bar or restaurant. You need to enter the amount you want to split, choose the users you want to split with and how you want to divide it up and the app will send participants a reminder to cough up their respective shares to help cover the cost post-event.
As engadget notes, your friends will receive a notification to settle up their share of the total, though they can choose to reject, as well. So, if any of your friends is often under the habit of leaving his wallet at home all the time, suggest him to install the Google Wallet app.
The iTunes post mentions that the new version has also fixed bug that was preventing some users from using the app. The app is available as a free download from iTunes.