Google brings payment transfers to Gmail

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Google has made it possible to send money to and from your Gmail account as an attachment, providing you have a Google Wallet account.

Announced at the annual Google I/O conference as part of a suite of new features added to Wallet, users of the service can now email money to others, including those without a Gmail account, through the attachment paperclip icon.

"Google Wallet is now integrated with Gmail, so you can quickly and securely send money to friends and family directly within Gmail — even if they don't have a Gmail address," said Google's Travis Green said in a blog post. 

Users simply click on the ‘$’ icon, type in how much they wish to give and click send with those that have linked their Google Wallet account to their bank account able to do so for free. Otherwise, users will be charged a flat fee of 2.9% per transaction, for a minimum of US$0.30.

Although not required to have a Wallet account, recipients will be asked to log in or sign up when receiving the money and can then deposit the funds into a bank account or use to pay for products or services wherever Wallet is accepted.

The feature is currently only available in the US on the desktop version of Gmail but the feature is expected to appear on mobile soon.

Meanwhile, Google also announced the new Instant Buy Android API for developers, which allows consumers to purchase goods from an online store or app using Google+ sign-in. Airbnb, Booking.com, Uber, and Expedia are just some of the partners that have signed up so far.

Additionally, the internet giant also announced a new feature that allows Wallet users to include any loyalty card in their Wallet. 

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