Google Wallet Fattens Up, Now Works With All Major U.S. Payment Cards
Big news: Google Wallet now works with every major U.S. credit and debit card. Robin Dua, head of product management for the platform, shares the details on this new feature, as well as others, like a new remote disable tool. Dua also updates us on merchant adoption, and talks about the latest APIs being issued by Google to expand the platform's use throughout mobile commerce. Listen Here
If you bought an Android smartphone at one point over the past several months for the explicit purpose of trying out Google Wallet, you may have been disappointed by the fine print after opening up the box. Up until recently, the mobile payment platform worked only with payment cards that operated on the MasterCard payment network, and within that subset, only with those that were issued by Citi.
Now, that payment card specificity is a thing of the past, as a major refresh to the entire Google Wallet platform has opened the application up to use with any major U.S. payment card, including those on the Visa, American Express, and Discover networks. That expansion was one of several features added to the new Google Wallet, which now also features a remote disable feature to offer its users enhanced security in the event a device is lost or stolen.
For more of the details behind the new features, as well as an update on Google Wallet's overall adoption information, we connected with Robin Dua, head of product management for the platform. Click below to access the full interview.
Head of Product Management, Google Wallet
Robin is Head of Product Management, Consumer Payments & Wallet for Google. His worldwide responsibilities include strategy and product development for Google Wallet – a transformational payment service that is revolutionizing the shopping experience for consumers and merchants. Robin was previously President of EnStream LP, a mobile commerce joint venture company owned by Canada’s three leading national wireless operators – Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, and TELUS Corporation. Robin holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a MBA from The George Washington University. He holds multiple patents related to mobile payment and wireless communication technologies.
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