We heard it a lot from the Google I/O keynote today: Google is out to make our less complicated, more convenient. One of these efforts Google is making didn’t even make it into the keynote today, but we actually think it’s pretty rad. From the Official Gmail Blog we found out that Gmail and Google Wallet will be joining efforts to allow us to send money using Gmail. It’ll be just as easy as sending an attachment with a little dollar sign button as can be seen in the image above. The Gmail Blog tells us that “It’s free to send money if your bank account is linked to Google Wallet or using your Google Wallet Balance, and low fees apply to send money using your linked credit or debit card.”
This service will be rolling out to Gmail users in the US over the next several months. Additionally, when the service rolls out it will initially only be accessed with Gmail on the web, and you’ll have to set up your Google Wallet to allow the service. You will be able to use the service through your mobile device using wallet.google.com.
So this is a pretty exciting and convenient competitor to sending moneys via PayPal or your bank which may or may not include fees. I think it’s definitely something I would use, especially since I’m ALWAYS logged into my Gmail account. It definitely would simplify things for me as long as the person I wanted to send money to has a Gmail account. One last thing to note, “you can also get earlier access if your friends have the feature and send money to you.” So, do you friends a solid and send them some money??
Is this a service you would use? Strange it wasn’t included in the Google I/O keynote? Would it make your life more convenient? Let us know by commenting below!