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Google Wallet launches in South Africa as digital payments boom

Google Wallet, which is only available for Android, provides fast and secure access to all your everyday essentials,” he continued.

Google Pay needs customers to touch to pay with their phones at a point of sale, then verify themselves using a fingerprint, their face, or a Pin, just like rival systems like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Huawei Pay.

“As Google collaborates with partners to bring these to market, South Africa will get access to event tickets, boarding permits, and store loyalty cards. KLM, United, Air France, and Singapore Airlines are already available to South Africans as international airline partners. We’re attempting to broaden our partner network,” Min Kim stated.

Google users in Africa are increasing exponentially. According to Statcounter, Google takes up 96.55 per cent of all the people using search engines in the continent.

To protect their users against cybercrime, Google has announced that it is buying the prominent cybersecurity firm, Mandiant in a deal that values the business at US$5.4 billion.

The deal is expected to complete late this year, and it comes at a time when the Russian-Ukrainian war has aroused a lot of concerns about the rising cyber threats. Google will acquire Mandiant at US$23 a share to represent a 57 per cent premium to the firm’s share price.