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Google Wallet adding pass notifications, creating digital text passes, and more

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Google Wallet is getting a number of updates at I/O 2024 from expanded push notifications to a new “Everything else” pass creation option.

At the moment, you can create digital versions of physical passes that have a QR or barcode from  Add to Wallet > Photo.

Google Wallet will “soon” expand/replace that option with “Everything else” where “you can create a digital version of most passes that just contain text.” This is ideal for “event tickets, library cards, auto insurance cards, gym membership cards and more. “

Scan a photo of a pass like an event ticket, gym membership, insurance card, and more.

Meanwhile, passes in Google Wallet will be able to send push notifications to notify users about changes to passes, offers, or “Other news.” For example, it can be used to prompt people to take  post-event survey, which we’re already seeing live.

If you’re in one of the four states where digital ID cards are available, a new feature will eventually let apps request information “like a user’s age, legal name, legal address, and so on.” Today, you might have to take a picture of your physical ID to do so. 

Apps can just request the information they need, while end “users will always review and need to authorize the action within the Wallet app before ID data is shared. This feature will be an extension as part of the Android Credential Manager API. It’s currently in closed alpha and will hit general availability in 2025.

Google also detailed Auto linked passes. The setting is already live in the app:

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