The recipient doesn’t need to have the Google Wallet app to receive the cash, they will get a text with a secure link that lets them retrieve the money almost instantly by entering their debit card or account details.
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Previously, you needed to have someone’s email address in order to make a transfer.
Google says the update is slowly rolling out to both iOS and Android so if you don’t see it now, it should be there in the next few days.
➤ Send money to anyone in your contact list with Google Wallet [Google Commerce]