Hoping to cut off Apple at the pass, Google today confirmed that it will, indeed, make a significant improvement to it’s electronic Wallet payment platform.
In June, as Apple touted the forthcoming release of iOS 6, Scott Forstall – vice president of iPhone Software – unveiled Passbook, “the simplest way to get all of your passes in one place.”
Passbook allows iOS users to keep and quickly access electronic versions of their tickets, boarding passes and other merchant cards.
“Passbook takes all of these passes and combines them together in one place, and integrates it right into the OS, and they are beautiful,” Forstall said, demonstrating how Passbook updates your electronic boarding ticket if a flight is delayed.
On Tuesday, Google announced that it’s following a similar course. According to Google Wallet Head of Product Management Robin Dua, a solution comparable to Apple’s Passbook is on the way.
“One of the types of things we’re trying to do is make it easy for airlines, transit providers and other types of issuers of credentials to get their credentials stored in the Wallet,” Dua says. “That’s the goal. We want you to be able to leave your leather wallet at home and carry your phone and transact with that as your primary transaction device.”
For now, Dua won’t say when the added features will arrive. But they are, in fact, coming soon.