There is another application from Google getting overhauled. The Material Design overhaul has been brought to Google Wallet. The functionality of the app is pretty much the same, but, as expected, it has a completely different look. And there is no question that Google Wallet looks great with Material Design. The one feature change is the addition to control your Google Wallet card. There are ways to lock or cancel it from within the app. The changes are so dramatic that Google is moving jumping ahead to version 7 with this update when the last update was version 2.
A slew of retailers are taking a stand against mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Google Wallet. They are blocking the mobile payment services from Apple and Google (and even SoftCard) because one of their own will be launching next year. Companies including Old Navy, Lowes, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sears, Best Buy, Stop & Shop, Walmart, Wendy’s, and a bunch of gas stations are behind the CurrentC mobile payment service scheduled for 2015.
The benefit of using CurrentC will be the lack of processing fees as the credit card companies are not at all involved. CurrentC is designed to work by taking funds from the user’s checking account. With the credit card companies taken out of the equation, retailers behind CurrentC will offer exclusive promotions as an incentive.
Via: The Verge
There are a few options for people wanting to take everything in their wallet and turn it digital. Google Wallet and Isis (which it is being called for now) are both among the popular choices. Amazon is the newest entrant with an appropriately named app. Amazon Wallet will collect and store you gift cards and loyalty cards from various retailers and companies.
Right now, Amazon Wallet is missing the ability to actually act as a payment tool. So its current state is more of a digital wallet strictly for storage. To easily add items to the digital wallet, Amazon Wallet will allow users to use their devices to scan barcodes.
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Google Wallet has been updated today with a couple of really nice features. As you know, Google Wallet already lets you store your loyalty cards, which makes things a lot easier. With this update, you can now store your gift cards for the same easy access. Just like loyalty cards, you can snap a picture of your gift card or enter the information from it in the app to store it. If you received an electronic version, you can click “Save to Google” directly from the e-gift. Once your gift card is in your Wallet, just show your phone to the cashier at checkout.
Along with many other Google apps, Google Wallet has begun receiving an update today. With the update comes a simple quick account switcher that allows you to access your various Wallet accounts easily. The account switcher lies in the left-hand panel of the app, which makes it a lot easier that the previous versions of the app, which required you to completely wipe all info before changing accounts.
In addition, the update adds a quick settings shortcut in that same left-hand panel, and cleans up the actual settings menu. You can find a link to download the updated app past the break.
Domino’s Pizza has been a fan the mobile front, what with its app that allows you to order a pizza conveniently from an app on your smartphone. Today the company is showing even more support by allowing users to pay with Google Wallet. Their pizza app, will now show an option to pay with Google Wallet — giving you another option to use.
The pizza company isn’t stopping there though. If you order $10+ worth of pizza between now and June 15, you’ll receive a free specialty chicken. Not chicken wings, but a chicken. You’ll receive it in one of four flavors, depending on your tastes of course. That being said, we have the full presser after the break.
For the people without a device running at least Android 4.4 KitKat, here is a little bit of information regarding Google Wallet. On April 14, people without KitKat running can no longer use Google Wallet’s tap and pay feature. There are also three devices that Google names as KitKat devices that will not be able to use tap and pay regardless: the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC Evo 4G LTE, and Nexus 7 (2012).
Google announced today that it’s rolling out a new update to its Google Wallet app that will bring a new feature called “Orders”.
With Orders, users can now easily track their online purchases as well as receive notifications of status updates regarding the shipping and delivery of their purchases. In addition, you can view receipts of your past online purchases.
Google said it will fetch the receipts you receive in your Gmail in order to find out the orders that you’ve made online.
If you’re more interested in a physical card to shop with rather than NFC payments, Google has created the Wallet Card. With this physical card, you gain access to ATMs, banks, and wherever else MasterCard Debit is accepted. The card will use funds from your Wallet Balance to make payments, much like a regular debit card. Just make sure your Wallet account has the proper amount of funds. There’s no annual or monthly fees, so you can use the card freely.
The Google Wallet app will be updated later this week to allow users to order their Wallet Card. Or if you’re in a hurry, login to your Wallet account from a computer. For now, Google Wallet Card is only available in the United States.
Source: Google Commerce
Android 4.4 brings a major change to NFC payments that could finally be the kick in the butt that Google Wallet needs. Kit Kat brings support for Host Card Emulation (HCE), which means any Android NFC device could be used for mobile payments without needing access to a secure element. With HCE any app can emulate an ISO/IEC 7816 smart card that use the contactless ISO/IEC 14443-4 (ISO-DEP) protocol for transmission.
What does all of this mean in a nutshell? This means it can work on any device on any mobile carrier. Not only that, third party apps can manage payment information in the cloud or on the device. Of course, devices will need Android 4.4 for this to work, and it remains to be seen how long it will take for most of the popular devices to get the update. It will take some time, but it could just be what the doctor ordered for Google Wallet to finally succeed.
source: Android Developers