Google Wallet now available on all phones running 2.3 or higher, NFC payments continue to be limited


We have some good news and bad news regarding Google Wallet. The good news is that it has been updated and will now be available to all Android devices running 2.3 or higher regardless if NFC is on the device or not. The bad news is that even if you have NFC, the in-store payment option will continue to be limited to a handful of devices because carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile support the ISIS payment system. Customers of these carriers will still be able to download the app and could still find it useful.

With the updated app, users will be able to send money to anyone in the U.S. with an email address. If you send money directly from your bank account or Google Wallet balance, it will be free, otherwise there will be a low fee when using your linked credit or debit card. Google announced this ability for Gmail on the desktop, but it’s not available to all. If you use this feature in the app, you will get early access to it.

You can now add all your loyalty cards to the app. Just scan the barcode or input the number from your card, and the next time you are at the store, you can whip out your phone for the cashier to scan the app. You will find integrated support for Alaska Airlines, Belly, and Red Mango, and they are also going to add Avis Car Rental, BJ’s Restaurants, Cosi, Hard Rock International, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, Raley’s, and The Body Shop. The benefit of these integrated merchants is that you can easily sign up in the app and see your reward balance, but you should be able to set up a loyalty card for just about any merchant that has one.

Google Offers will also be available to you. Just show the offer on your app at checkout to redeem. Select coupon sites such as Valpak will be offered later this week. Don’t forget, Google Offers can also be found in Google Maps, Google Search, and Google+.

The update will be rolled out gradually over the next week so be on the lookout. You can try the link below, but keep in mind that it might not show up on your device for a few days.

source: Google Commerce

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About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.


    I don’t feel comfortable giving my bank account number to google. They have our phone numbers, our personal data, our mail, even our wifi key. I don’t want google controlling my money.