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You Can Now Manage Your Gift Cards and Send Money with Google Wallet

iOS and Android users can now manage their gift cards and request / send money using the Google Wallet app. Like loyalty cards, Google Wallet users can now digitally store their gift cards by scanning the card or manually typing its info into the app. Users can also check gift card balances from participating partners such as Toys R Us, and receive a reminder that they have a gift card for a certain retailer when they are near a brick and mortar location.

Google Wallet Gift Cards

Google has also added the ability to request money from your contacts, and send them a "friendly" reminder in the form of a notification in case they forget to pay you the first time around. Users can send money through Google Wallet by using an attached debit card.

Google Play Music Gets Gapless Playback and Other Improvements

Google has updated its iOS music app to version 1.3.0.2190. The update adds the ability to listen to full albums or playlists with "gapless playback", meaning there are no breaks or silence between tracks. Users can also now view all of their downloaded music and download subscribed playlists for offline listening.

Google Play Music Version 1.3.0.2190

Google recently also added the ability to edit playlists directly on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and created a "Download Only" filter. Google Play Music is available to download on the Apple App Store. The free version of the app allows users to store up to 20,000 tracks of their own music online and create their own playlists.

Google Wallet Instant Buy Now Available for iOS Apps

Google today announced that iOS developers can now sign up for the company's Instant Buy API program. Google Instant Buy allows developers to add an easy to use "Buy With Google" button to their mobile apps for iOS devices.

Google Wallet Instant Buy

Google claims 97% of mobile shoppers abandoned their shopping carts because they typically "have to fill out up to 25 fields to checkout." Google Wallet allows customers to skip the annoying registration process by offering an easy 2-click check out option in all apps that offers its service. The Instant Buy service also works with a developer's existing payment processor and guarantees secure transactions.

Google Maps Version 3.0 Adds Uber Support and Lane Guidance

Google rolled out a huge update to its iOS Maps app on Tuesday. Version 3.0 of Google Maps adds several new features such as lane guidance, Uber integration and the ability to save offline maps to a custom list for quick access.

Google Maps Version 3.0

Lane guidance is a pretty standard feature on most GPS devices. It lets drivers know which lane of traffic is the correct route so they do not miss important turns or exits. The new offline mode allows users to save maps to a custom list in case they run into a bad network connection or are worried about data charges. Other new driving features include the ability to view travel time and distance in navigation mode and the ability to search for local businesses by rating, price, opening hours, and more.

Google Glass to Display iOS Text Messages

After offering Glass to the general public for $1,500 during a one-day online sale, Google has announced that it will be rolling out a new update to its wearable device. The upgrade will add the ability to display iOS text messages on Glass, but "due to some limitations," users will not be able use Glass to respond to any iOS messages. Glass users will be able to enable the new SMS for iPhone feature by navigating to their Bluetooth settings and turning on “Show Notifications”.

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Google is also adding a new Calendar Glassware tab in MyGlass, which will allow users the ability to see their agenda on their home screen. Users will also be able to tap a calendar card to change the title, time and location. Both new Glass features will be available in the "next few days," according to the official Google+ announcement.

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