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. » Read the rest
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
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.
Google Wallet is undergoing a surprising fundamental change. Loyalty program linking, one of the features Google has hyped ever since the launch of Wallet, is going to be phased out. Basically, any Wallet-stored gift card or loyalty card will not work past August 21. If you still have the physical card, you’re fine, but if not, Google recommends spending your balance before that deadline.
Google says they are still working with retailers on other options for gift and loyalty card redemption. In the meantime, you can still handle credit and debit card transactions through the service.
Over the weekend news that the newest version of the popular Nexus 7 does not have official Google Wallet support. When purchasers of the tablet went to download Wallet from the Play Store they found the download not compatible with their tablet. Now before anyone suggests that this has something to do with Android 4.3 Google’s own Director of Product Management for Google Wallet, Peter Hazlehurst told the folks over at Android Police that it’s because the tablet doesn’t have a secure element. This is needed in order for Google Wallet to protect your information. Here’s what he said:
“Hi folks, there is no Secure Element in the new Nexus 7 (or the HTC One Play Edition) which is why Google Wallet isn’t supported.”
Pretty simple and straight forward. Basically without this secure element to store your credit card and billing information safely, having the app on there isn’t safe. Whether or not this has anything to do with the LTE version coming to carriers or not is anyone’s guess. Does this mean that Google’s attempt at paying via NFC is going to go the way of Google Reader? We’re not sure. Regardless, those of you buying the newest generation of the Nexus 7 in hopes of using it as a way to pay, will sadly be disappointed.
source: Android Police
Google officially announced via Twitter that its Wallet service is now available for the Sprint variations of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One smartphones, as well as the Sprint and U.S. Cellular variations of the Galaxy Note II smartphone as well. This means that all owners of those phones will need to do is simply visit the Play Store and grab the latest update in order to get in on the awesome payment action. Naturally, it would be nice for more devices to take advantage of the great service, but at least Sprint as usual, is ensuring its customers can take advantage of the awesome service.
Hit the link below to grab the latest update.
This day full of Google goodness, keeps on rolling, and Google just made it easier to send money to our friends and family with the help of Gmail and Google Wallet. The two have been integrated to allow you to send money. In Gmail there will be an option next to the attachments, in the form of a dollar sign $. By clicking on this button you can now send money to the people you care most about. There are limitations to the service however, which are covered after the break: » Read the rest
All Things D is reporting that Google has decided not to move forward with their own physical credit card. According to their sources, Google had planned to update Google Wallet with a physical card next week at Google I/O, but now sources are saying that those plans have changed a little and even though they do plan to update Google Wallet with new features, there are no plans for the debut of a Google credit card along with it.
Sources close to the matter said Google’s CEO Larry Page put an end to the project last week after a lackluster demo performance didn’t show any innovation.Those who had seen the card described it as a usual credit card, with the Google Wallet “W” in rainbow colors on top of a black background. Google had hoped to use the credit card to gain more information about its customers spending habits, which would improve their ability to push ads to their customers.
This isn’t the first time Google has lost faith in a card. Back in October of last year they put the kibosh on the prepaid Google Wallet program. So this is just one more thing to delete from Google I/O expectations.
Source: All Things D