Google starts Send Money roll out to UK Gmail users

Tech giant’s money transfer service will let users send and receive funds within email

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UK users of Google's Gmail will soon be able to send and receive money directly through their emails.

The tech giant's Send Money service is being rolled out as a feature to the UK, after being available for years in America.

Expected to launch in the next few weeks, Send Money combines Google Wallet with Gmail to let users click a icon to enter a sum of money, attaching it to the email and sending that to a contact's bank account.

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Firstly though, users must have a Google Wallet account linked to their debit or credit card.

Those that do can send and receive money, and store any received sums in their Wallet Balance, choosing to spend it in Google Play or websites that accept the Gmail Wallet service.

The firm added in a blog post: "People in the UK will now be able to quickly and securely send money to friends and family in the UK directly within desktop Gmail -- even if the recipient doesn't have a Gmail address."

Users will know they have got the service when they see the icon inside a new email.

The move positions Google to rival a glut of other peer-to-peer payment services, such as PayPal, Snapchat's Snapcash feature and a rumoured upcoming service from Facebook.

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Banks are hurrying to innovate in this area too in order to not be left behind, with these new services offering better rates on international transfers than your typical high street bank.

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