Google Wallet

Google Wallet is getting a facelift today with its latest update, bringing a smoother UI and some under the hood improvements as well. The interface now more closely follows the holo UI guidelines, with navigation tabs along the top of the interface and an overflow settings button to hold all extra functions. You're no longer greeted by a list of all available cards, as they are now all housed one more tap away under the "My Wallet" tab with only your default card displayed. There is a button to go directly to "My Offers" from the first page, and new offers can be found from the "Explore" tab on the main page.

The update also brings some nondescript "improvements to the user interface, application stability, and battery life." Although no specifics are listed, these are all good improvements that although aren't as noticeable at first as a new UI make a big difference in the quality of the app.

The Google Wallet app has undergone several visual changes since its launch, and this is probably the best of the bunch. Head to the Play Store and check out the latest update if you have a compatible device, or stick around after the break for a few screenshots of the new UI.

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Google Wallet updated with new UI, performance improvements

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Can anyone please explain to me why Google Wallet does not work on my Galaxy Note 2? It has NFC, so why won't it work? (Without root)

Are you on AT&T? If so, NO WALLET FOR YOU!

AT&T is co-inventing ISIS mobile payments with T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless and does not want competition. It's blocked on Google Play.

It's in the market. It just says 'Not available on your carrier'.

Edit: Oh forgot. Could be the phones. I have an S3 and a buddy of mine has the same as OP. Both of us are carrier-blocked from installing.

if you have unlocked phones like nexus 4 but use ATT it will show up.

its blocked only on those phones which are ATT branded. bunch of AH

Not 100% true... I have an international Galaxy Note 2 on Straight Talk and Google Wallet lists itself as "not compatible" when you go to Google Play from a PC and try to push it to the phone. Samsung has a hand in why its not functional on the Note 2 if its restricted on the international versions.

I believe that's just incompatibility with the device and the app. I don't think Samsung has any hand in it.

I'm on Sprint and one of the reasons I chose the Sprint GSIII over the other devices was Google Wallet availability.

I bypassed the Photon Q, the LG Optimus G, and the SG Note 2 on Sprint just because I couldn't download Google Wallet on the store demo units. And it doesn't help when store reps think that it can be put on any phone on Sprint.

I really love how people with GSIII's look at me in wonder when they realize my Sprint GSIII can do something that theirs can't.

And this is just one more reason to stay with Sprint.

No I'm on Sprint. But I'm just wondering what the reasons are for it not being available on a phone that's fully capable! I can't find a reason anywhere!

Branded Contract phones probably wont get wallet because ATT/Verizon/T-Mobile try to push their service. Sprint dont block it. any unlocked phones used with any carrier can get it

Root and it takes like 5 minutes to get it working. It's so cool. I used it the other night on my t-mobile Note 2 and it's just great. I can't wait until it's unblocked.

I am rooted and using Google Wallet, do I dare update my Wallet and risk breaking the wallet? I too am using a Note 2 on TMO.

I like using at the grocery store. Cashiers and people in line are always asking how I paid with my magic phone.

Im using CM 10.1 M1 on Nexus 4 and still can't get Wallet to work for me. It gets as far as setting up Wallet for Purchases where it should find my credit card but then fails. Worked fine when I was on stock but can't get it working on CM.

You aren't alone in that. Tried it with a CM 10.1 Nightly on my Nexus 4 awhile back, same thing. Got as far as you did and then it would fail. Think it's a CM10.1 issue right now. Works perfectly fine on stock and anything stock based/stockish. Using it on MoDaCo's stock based ROM and it's working fine.

Apparently blocked on T-Mobile now, too. Brand new s3, only a few days out of the box, and Play Store shows, "This app is incompatible with your Samsung Galaxy SIII"

Still waiting for Google to roll it out in Canada. Until then I have to use the much less secure PayPass Tag that my bank gave me as an interim solution. There's no way to lock the NFC chip from paying if I'm too close to a terminal (rare occurrence but could happen)

People can technically side swipe my PayPass tag unknowingly too...

Good point, we should move those software developers into manufacturing...

If you want a Nexus 4, buy one. I bought one last week.

I miss google wallet. My dam optimus g on sprint doesnt do it for some reason. All my samsung sprint phones did it.

I use Google Wallet all the time on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The only store that never works is MACY's. McDonalds, Petco, Chevron, Vending Machines, Sports Authority, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Circle K, Whole Foods and various local vendors who take it and it works flawlessly.

I will probably not buy another phone if it is not direct from Google, Pure Nexus and Unlocked.

It's part carrier and part manufacturer on who's fault it is. T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint are collaborating to bring an app called Isis as a competitor to google wallet. that's the carrier side. manufacturer side would be Samsung. Samsung touchwiz Rom has a missing file in its framework or needs an alteration in it or something I don't know EXACTLY what it is but it renders it useless without it if your trying to install wallet. because of it you need to root your phone and download said file and flash it, though people unfamiliar to this shouldn't do it or should look it up before attempting. I myself have google wallet installed and running perfectly on T-Mobile sgs3. just used it 10 minutes ago to buy lunch

and if your reading the comment by Carlos Thomas, I believe what he meant to say was that those stores in fact DO work

I believe any rooted device is technically "unsupported" because Google doesnt recommend using something as sensitive as Wallet on a device that has purposefully opened up an exploitable hole in the operating system. There's a difference between unsupported and full-out not being able to install the app, though.

One of the largest problems I've had with Google wallet is the half-a$$ed implementation by retailers. Most of the places in my area that accept NFC payment have at least one terminal out of order, and so few people use it that they really don't care. My local Walgreens has nice new credit card terminals, but the NFC part isn't turned on! Best buy won't allow it for large purchases. I know a large part of it is the area; rural WI isn't exactly on the cutting edge of technology. But I really can't wait until the iPhone gets NFC, I honestly think that's the only way the technology is going to take off (even if we have to sit back and watch Apple claim that they invented it).

Hello all. New member and brand new Android user. Please forgive my newbie question but by rooting your device bypass the Service Provider's blocking policy or does it allow you to obtain it from the Play Store if it's otherwise unavailable?

Cheers

Joe

NFC Payments are accepted all over the place. Walgreens, CVS, 7-11, McDonalds, Mobile, Shell, Quick Trip, anywhere with a Speedpass system, or hat has modern registers.

The problem is getting the employees to accept that you just paid with your phone.