Google has finally released a Google Wallet app (App Store
) for iOS devices, enabling iPhone and iPad users to store and manage credit and debit cards, loyalty programs and promotional offers. The iOS title serves the same basic function as its Android counterpart, except for the tap-to-pay feature that requires NFC hardware unavailable on Apple's mobile devices.
Users can send money to friends in the US with an e-mail address, without any fees required to be paid by the recipient. The app also provides a list of nearby offers based on the current location.
The wallet is protected via a PIN for quick access, however users can disable the app from any browser if their mobile device is stolen. Users can also take advantage of Google's Wallet Purchase Protection program, which provides compensation for the full amount of fraudulent and unauthorized transactions.
The app is available as a free download from the App Store for devices running iOS 6 or higher.