Google Wallet Expands to 12 More Countries and Some Fitbit Devices

Google Wallet has been extended to 12 more countries — bringing the total to 57 — and can now be added to any Fitbit Sense 2 or Versa 4.

These are among the new features announced Tuesday (Nov. 15) by Google Wallet Vice President and General Manager Jenny Cheng in a product update.

“When we launched Google Wallet earlier this year, we wanted to give as many people as possible access to a secure digital wallet,” Cheng said in the post.

The countries in which Google Wallet was launched Tuesday are Armenia, Cyprus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malysia, Malta, Mexico, Slovenia, Thailand and Vietnam, according to the post.

With the addition of Google Wallet to the Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4, users can make secure payments with a tap of their wrist. This expanded availability follows last month’s addition of the wallet to the Google Pixel Watch, the post said.

Other recent additions to Google Wallet include support for two methods to tap and pay for public transportation in Japan: PASMO on mobile devices and Suica on Google Pixel Watch, per the post.

Google Wallet also continues to add partnerships with companies to enable customers to add mobile tickets for events and shows to their wallets, and with airlines to help travelers save mobile boarding passes, according to the post.

“These are just some ways you can use Google Wallet throughout your day,” Cheng said in the update. “As Wallet expands to more places around the world, look out for even more features to easily access what you need.”

As PYMNTS reported Aug. 16, the rollout of the Google Wallet — which is replacing the Google Pay app — is not only a rebrand but also expands Google Pay’s existing offering and enables users to not only make contactless payments, but also store and use a variety of cards.

With this move, the search giant seems to be placing its bets on these technologies to turn its Google Wallet into a multipurpose identification super app and hold its own against tough competition in the mobile wallet space.