Scan Credit Cards into Google Play to Pay for Apps

July 2, 2014, Written By Natalie Rutledge

Google Play is getting a major makeover when its 5.0 version comes out. Among the many features to be added to the program, Google will now allow you to scan credit cards into your phone to pay for apps you want to purchase.

The process is known as Optical Character Recognition (OCR) scanning. After scanning your credit card with your smartphone camera, Google will automatically fill out the text fields for a purchase so you don’t have to type them in. This simple but convenient option should make shopping for apps much easier in the future.

In addition to the OCR scanning option, Google will now offer an Address API that can gather an address, with your permission, and fill out shipping information for a product you would like to purchase with your phone. Stores will now have the option to add a “Buy with Google” button to their websites with a feature called Wallet Fragments, giving shoppers easy access to their Google Wallets.

Google is also offering a “Save to Google Wallet” button that allows users to store loyalty cards, discounts, coupons and other bonuses in their Google Wallet. Stores can add their cards to a customer’s Google Wallet, rather than having them sign up for a new program. This streamlines the rewards process and makes mobile shopping even better.

There are plenty of other changes to come with Google Wallet 5.0, which should be available to all users in the near future.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of July 2, 2014. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.

About Natalie Rutledge

Natalie Rutledge majored in Communications at Mississippi State University. She was in sales for a number of businesses and spent nine years working as a communications advisor to various entities. Natalie can be contacted directly at [email protected]
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