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Google Wallet Adds More Merchants

With Apple Pay adding merchants to its list day and night, could its step-cousin Google Wallet lag far behind? Not really.

Google Wallet has just announced its partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts and Seamless for an in-app payments option for their Android apps. With the integration, Google Wallet has added another two players to its slow, but steadily growing list of partner merchants.

Along with the two new apps, Google has also extended its e-wallet service to all merchants that use Shopify’s omnichannel eCommerce platform to build their online retail presence.

The new additions to the list come after Google Wallet extended its in-app payment capability to Papa John’s, Shopgate and ChowNow’s Android app pushing the total number of supporting Android apps over 30.Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 4.37.20 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 9.10.41 AM

The wallet also provides in-app payments capability in about seven iOS apps and 33 mobile sites.

Last week, Google launched the wallet’s version 9.0, which now has two new features for added transaction security. The upgrade added a maps widget, which drops a pin on the location of transaction on the in-app based map. The new version also contains a transaction bar, which enables the user to quickly look up a transaction using few keywords.

The new version reportedly doesn’t have the “order” screen anymore, which tracked and enlisted previous orders.

Alongside rolling out its service outside the U.S., Google is also working toward expanding P2P payment service, which brings it in competition of Western Union, Xoom and the likes.

The P2P money transfer service was launched earlier this year for its U.K.-based users who could send money as an email attachment and the receiver could receive it through a debit card or a bank account associated with their Google wallet balance that could later be used to store money or spend later on the Google Play store.

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