Android Pay

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With the advent of Android Pay it would be handy if transactions made using Android Pay could go straight into Goodbudget.

I have no idea whether Google have an API for this but just putting it out there as an idea.
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Matt Morris

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Karisa Russell, Official Rep

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Hi Matt, 

Thanks for the idea! I could see how that would make for some quick transaction recording. I've added your thoughts to our features tracker for future consideration. 

Thanks again. 
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This is probably part of Matt's idea, but whether it's Android/Samsung/Apple pay, the ability that once a transaction has occurred, Goodbudget would have a small pop-up asking you to allocate the expense to an envelope.
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Hi Sean, 

Ah! I see. So, whenever you make a purchase, you want to a see a pop-up that says something like "You spent 15 at Chevron, where should this transaction go?" 

That would be cool. I've added that to our tracker as well. 

If you're both on Android, you might like the Quick Record Widget for Goodbudget. It won't notify you in the same way you're suggesting, but it's useful for quickly recording common transactions. You can more about it at the bottom of this article: http://help.goodbudget.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1114573-how-to-get-started-on-android

Thanks! 
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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Android Widget. So easy to quickly record expenditures on the fly using it. Thanks for providing it. When your developers did that, they went above and beyond in my opinion.
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Yay! I'm glad to hear you love the widget! 
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Alan Switzer

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I'm not sure I want Apple or Google to open up the "pay" side of their OS to be able to pass information between itself and other apps. That may be a security issue. 
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Colin Grant

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Ian, what you suggest seems ok provided it is the app pushing numbers only to GB but I am paranoid about bank security and the recent Tesco issue goes to show how clever the bad guys are getting. To be perfectly honest I am quite happy to enter my data manually. If that got too much then there is always the download route available. On the basis that not everything can be done automatically (as per the Android suggestions) then it is probably simpler to have nothing done that way. That is my view and I won't change my mind :-)
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edit - I thought the previous reply was to me, sorry. 

Paranoia on these matters makes a lot of sense. It's only because I know a bit more about how android works internally that I'd be more comfortable (if the right API exists) with some of the possible ways of making it work.

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Goodbudget would not be accessing any of that information.

Is that simple enough for you!

I understand your reluctance, but I think it at least partly comes from not understanding what is actually required technically. I would not like goodbudget to access my card details either, but that's not what I'm proposing.

At the very least, this misunderstanding unfortunately suggests that while technically possible it might not be worth goodbudget implementing as others will probably think they have access to their bank details / card details or similar.
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Colin Grant

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Ian 'is that simple enough for you' was aimed at Matt Morris and his 'what on earth are you talking about'. Sorry for confusion. I hear what you say but whatever the route I would not use it - I do not really see its value in the scheme of things. I use Apple pay rarely in any event :-)
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Matt Morris

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Ian, very well put. This was my original thinking as to how this could work.

Colin, Apple Pay is a third party accessing your bank account. At any rate there was clearly a misunderstanding and it has derailed the conversation. I think Ian has clarified the intent very well.
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Colin Grant

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It is Matt, except I only use it with a credit card which keeps it away from my main bank account, but that is only detail I agree. That said, it is not permanently linked, I have to drive the link between the card reader and my phone via thumb reader which probably makes it more secure than waving plastic about in the shop :-). Still not sure about one app reading data from another (GB from Apple Pay) although I accept that is probably more secure than accessing bank account data. Either way I would never use the functionality being suggested.

But yes there has been a misunderstanding.
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