Thanks to Apple Pay, Google Wallet NFC use is growing fast. That’s a good thing

Gigaom

A rising tide lifts all boats, as they say, and that’s exactly what appears to be happening in the U.S. contact-less payments space. Now that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners are using Apple Pay for the first time, the use of Google Wallet is on the rise.

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple Pay.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple Pay. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ArsTechnica has a source that indicates the number Google Wallet payment transactions are up 50 percent of late, while the number of new users has doubled in the month — which, not so coincidentally, is the same time period that [company]Apple[/company] Pay has been available.

Why the big boost in [company]Google[/company] Wallet users making payment with their NFC-enabled phones? Marketing of Apple Pay and general awareness of the feature in many Android phones are the likely culprits. It also helps that the exact same point-of-sale terminals are used for contact-less payments

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