Google Wallet is a digital wallet platform developed by Google. It is available for the Android and Wear OS operating systems, and was announced on May 11, 2022, at the 2022 Google I/O keynote. It will co-exist with the 2020 Google Pay app, while replacing the 2018 one on Android smartphones.
The "Google Wallet" brand name was first used for the company's mobile payment system of the same name, which was introduced in 2011 before being merged with Android Pay into a new app called Google Pay in 2018. The old Wallet app, with its functionality reduced to a peer-to-peer payments service, was rebranded Google Pay Send before it was discontinued as well in 2020. In 2020, the Google Pay app underwent an extensive redesign based on Google's India-focused Tez app, expanding into an all-encompassing personal finance app. This replaced the Tez app on the Play Store, while the 2018 Google Pay app continued to co-exist as a separate, pre-installed app on Android smartphones.
In January 2022, Bloomberg News reported that the company was planning to transform Google Pay into a "comprehensive digital wallet", following the app's reported slow growth and the shutdown of Plex. In April, it was reported that Google was planning to revive the "Google Wallet" branding in a new app or interface, and integrated with Google Pay. Google officially announced Google Wallet on May 11, 2022, at the 2022 Google I/O keynote. The app will co-exist with the 2020 Google Pay app.
Google Wallet allows users to store items such as credit cards, loyalty cards, digital identification cards, transit passes, concert tickets, and vaccination cards. It will replace the old, pre-installed Google Pay app on Android devices and will be available in 42 countries at launch.
Unlike similar mobile wallets such as Apple Wallet, Google Wallet only features passes on the smartphone version of the app for Android. The smartwatch version for Wear OS will only support payment cards at launch.