If you follow Google News at all, you probably know that the Mountain View firm held its I/O 2022 developer conference this week. A new Google Wallet service has been introduced, which is replacing Google Pay in more than 40 countries, and is on the way. And a lot of really cool new stuff is included.
Right now with the Google Pay API for Passes, you can include offers, loyalty cards, gift cards, event tickets, boarding passes, transit tickets, and vaccine cards, but soon, you’ll be able to add your state driver’s license. But that’s not where it ends, because the question remains, what if your app has a type of pass that doesn’t fit into one of those categories?
Generic Pass API
That’s where generics come close. Developers will be able to add virtually anything to Google Wallet with a QR code, bar code or text. The main guideline is that whatever the app is adding, it should not fit into any of the above categories. The first example of this is the company partnering with AAA for membership cards.
Developers retain control over how their generic passes look. They will be able to set a hero image, a QR code or bar code, and up to three lines with a maximum of three fields per row.
That’s not all though, as developers will be able to store passes in groups. The example Google used is that if you’re going to a concert, you can have your tickets, a parking pass, and some food vouchers, so they’ll all be stored in one place.
Other possible examples of generic passes include library cards, stored value vouchers, gym membership cards, auto insurance cards, reservations, country border QR codes, and customer pre-screening QR codes.
Google says that as long as sharing is enabled, you’ll be able to share things in Wallet with other Google apps. For example, when you’re viewing transit directions on Google Maps, you can see information from transit cards and your balance. You’ll also be able to save passes from Google apps like Gmail and Photos.
Of course, security is also important. Any passes considered sensitive will not be shared, so your vaccine passes are safe. The Mountain View firm also noted that all payment information is encrypted, and supports Google Wallet authentication, Find My Phone, Remote Data Wipe, and all the security features you’d expect from Android.
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