Google’s Sam Kansara published the following post on the Google Merchant blog on Tuesday:
You can already reliably and safely share photos and files on the go with Gmail. Starting today, you can share money, too.
Whether you’re splitting a dinner bill or planning a group trip, you now have a fee-free way to work out the details and settle up without ever leaving the Gmail app on Android, just like you can already do on the web.
Plus, you can exchange money with anyone – not just people with Gmail addresses.
Sending money in Gmail is as easy as sending any other attachment. Just tap on the attachment icon and choose whether you want to send or request money.
Recipients are able to receive or request money right from the email itself – without having to install another payment app. They can even arrange for money they receive to go directly into their bank account. Either way, it’s completely free for both of you.
This feature is currently available in the US only on Gmail on the web or Android.
Note from the Editor: US users: “You can add debit cards or link bank accounts to your Google Wallet. Credit and prepaid cards can’t be used to send money,” according to this page on the Google Wallet help site.
Source: Google Merchant Blog Post