Google Wallet gets heavier with Barclaycard US support

Summary:Google Wallet signs on another major financial institution following the move to an open, cloud-based platform.

Google Wallet is ever-so-slowly becoming a bit more packed now that Barclaycard US, the U.S. payments arm of Barclays Bank, has announced its support for the Internet giant's digital pocketbook.

Barclaycard US will start off with adding support for its L.L. Bean and US Airways co-branded card customers with the promise to add support for its other card portfolios at a later time.

Barclaycard asserted its places among one of the first financial institutions to support Google Wallet since it migrated to an open, cloud-based platform in early August .

That move was meant to put Google Wallet on a more mainstream path to wider adoption with U.S. consumers as it should become able to accept all major credit and debit cards from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Once customers sign up for the mobile payments solution, Barclaycard cardholders will see a full-color icon of their cards as a Google Wallet payment option. Just like existing Google Wallet users, Barclaycard customers can use Google Wallet at brick-and-mortar merchants that accept the platform by tapping the NFC-enabled smartphone at the point of sale.

Barclaycard also reassured customers that even with Google Wallet, they will continue receive all the loyalty benefits and rewards they typically receive when using their Barclaycard.

Topics: Google, E-Commerce

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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