Google's Gmail now lets you request and send money Google's Gmail now lets you request and send money

You may not be able to send beer or pizza as an email attachment, but from now on, those who are using Gmail can send their friends in need. Google has just announced that the Android version of its most popular email service now allows you to send and request money as an attachment and it even works with non-Gmail users. In truth, the web version of the service already had this function for a while, but it's nice to see it added to Android as well.

As far as I know, this new money transfer feature works directly through Gmail, so you don't actually need to have the Google Wallet app installed on your device. To use it, all you have to do is to tap the attach button while composing or replying to an email and from there you will be able to either send or request money. Once you've chosen your desired action, a new menu will pop up where you can enter the amount of money you need transferred and type a small note (like you couldn't write it in the email's body). What most people will find really cool is that you can set up the email service so that the money that you receive will go directly into your bank account. Lastly, Google won't charge you anything there, so you don't have to worry about how much the transfer will cost you.

In case you're someone who uses Gmail consistently, you may also be interested in reading some of our other stories related to the topic such as: "Make Gmail work better for you" or "Hidden Gmail functions that you should know about".

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