Google Wallet Is Finally Available In Malaysia After More Than A Decade

Right now, only AirAsia passes and certain cards from Public Bank, CIMB, HSBC and Hong Leong Bank can be stored in the app.
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Google Wallet was launched back in May 2011 and after more than 11 years since its initial release, Android users in Malaysia can finally enjoy the app.

Starting today, cardholders of four banks will be able to add their payment cards to Google Wallet and pay with their Android phones or Wear OS devices where contactless payments are accepted.

  • CIMB Bank (Mastercard credit cards)
  • Hong Leong Bank (Visa credit and Mastercard debit cards)
  • Hong Leong Islamic Bank (Mastercard debit cards)
  • Public Bank (Visa credit and debit cards)

Cardholders of HSBC (Visa and Mastercard credit card) and HSBC Amanah (Visa and Mastercard credit card) will also be able to add their cards to Google Wallet in the coming months.

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Payment cards from Google Wallet can be used to pay online or in-app at brands such as Airbnb, Al-Ikhsan Sports, Applecrumby, Eat Cake Today, Shopee, or wherever you see the Google Pay button. 

Users can also add boarding passes from AirAsia. After purchasing a flight ticket from the AirAsia Super App, you’ll see a button labeled “Add to Google Wallet” that will create the digital version of the boarding pass in your Google Wallet.

In the coming months, Malaysia Airlines boarding passes can also be added to the app. With boarding passes in Google Wallet, they will be notified of changes to departure time and gate changes to ensure they can breeze through the boarding gates at the airport. Furthermore, they will be able to tap and pay in a safe and secure manner using Google Wallet during their overseas travel, without the need for their physical card. 

When you use Google Wallet, transactions are made using an alternate card number (a token), which is device-specific and is associated with a dynamic security code that changes with each transaction. 

Banks will also need to verify the cardholder before the user can add a card to a phone, and users can set a screen lock so a stranger can’t access what’s on your device. If the phone is ever lost or stolen, users can simply use the “Find My Device” function to instantly lock their device from anywhere, secure it with a new password, or even wipe it clean of personal information and payment card details.

Users can also control around how information is managed, and they can update these settings from the Google Wallet app or through here.

Don’t be confused with Google Pay, as it’s not the same as Google Wallet. Google Pay is more similar to, for example, Touch ‘n Go eWallet or GrabPay, whereas Google Wallet is just an app to store your debit and credit cards and flight tickets.

You can download Google Wallet from Google Play Store.

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