Google Wallet may be returning

Google seems to be working to bring Wallet back in some form after making the app part of Google Pay (via android policeAccording to Mishal Rahmanthe company creates a Wallet interface for Google Play Services that allows you to access and manage your payment and transit cards, passes, rewards memberships and more.

You currently manage most of these in Google Pay, and it seems likely you can get to the new Wallet UI from that app, which Rahman says will still be used for contactless payments. It also appears that the cards you put in your Wallet can be accessed from elsewhere, as the screenshots show a link that reads ‘learn how cards appear in your Wallet on Google’.

Google Wallet started in 2011 as Google’s NFC payment app and acted as a place for you to store payment cards digitally. Over the years, it evolved over the years as a digital (and sometimes physical) payment service to become something of a Venmo competitor before merging with Android Pay to create Google Pay in 2018. That app has since been completely revamped, bringing in much more than an app you use to send friends money and store your digital cards.

That transition was confusing for some and the fact that Google Pay is trying to process everything regarding payments (Google even planned to launch a banking service for it, but the project was scrapped) probably won’t help. Bringing back Google Wallet as a separate location to manage your cards could help refocus the Google Pay experience on paying in stores and sending money to friends.

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