Google Wallet

Google Wallet app now focusing on more than just NFC payments

There are some big changes in store for Google Wallet. The few phones that are able to actually use the NFC payment option will still have that ability, but Google is expanding the usage of the app, adding some new features, and rolling it out to any Android phone running 2.3 or higher (US only). 

The new options aim to make the app more useful on carriers where it has been blocked or on devices without the needed NFC hardware. The new app will be able to send money for free to anyone in the US with an email address, just like we've seen from Gmail. In addition, for a small fee money can be transferred by debit or credit card. 

Users will also be able to directly scan in loyalty cards and use them while shopping at brick and mortar stores. This extends to all devices that can run the app, and not just those with a secure NFC option as in the past. You'll also be able to join new programs like Alaska Airlines, Belly, and Red Mango within the Google Wallet app, Other companies are listed as "coming soon", such as Avis and Marriot. 

The app is rolling out in the next few weeks, so this is something to be on the lookout for. Of course, for those not afraid to try a dodgy apk file, those will be posted online shortly we imagine.

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Wolftrakx26 says:

Just purchase the LG G2, so hopefully it will work on it.

Rabbiddog says:

It isn't a supported device yet. You can check Wallet Help for a list of compatible devices.

That said, if you are on a carrier that blocks it then your out of luck. VZW, AT&T and T-Mo all block GW because they want you to use Isis.

Marc11218 says:

Which doesn't even work

What the hell is Isis?

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Rabbiddog says:

It's the NFC payment service/app that VZW, AT&T and T-Mo went with instead of Google Wallet. If you go into Play store and do a search for Isis, you will find the Isis NFC payment app listed for those specific carriers.

dadathepanda says:

Isis is only available in two or three markets in the middle of nowhere, so it is practically inexistent

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No. They're attempting to do a nationwide rollout now. I have been using it for about 4 months now and I'm not in one the test markets. The key is to get proper SIM card for your phone so that you can use it. On Verizon, you have to log into your account and go to your device page. That's where you will see a small link to order your SIM card that is compatible with ISIS. Once that comes in, you activate it and then you can initiate the ISIS setup.

planoman says:

I know you can drop into an ATT store to get the ISIS secure SIM, at least in Austin, one of the test markets. No thanks. Good thing though is the terminals are in more places in Austin and goole wallet works on the terminals also.

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chad783 says:

The problem is you can only use AMEX of Chase. Isis does not support MC or Visa.

Yeah, that's one of the biggest disappointments for me with this product. I was on the phone with support a month or two ago because of an issue I was having with the app and brought up the lack of cards you can add. They said they're hoping that more banks will sign on...right after that, CapOne apparently pulled out. I think doing a national roll out with only AMEX and Chase is a big mistake.

I wonder if Google will make Google Wallet utilize the secure element on the new SIM instead of the one on the phone, the carriers will then allow us to use GW. I doubt they will because of not getting a cut in every transaction though.

Umm, Chase is Visa...

I use Amex for 99% of purchases, it's no fee, with FANTASTIC perks for using the card, from generous cash back, to doubling warranties, doubling purchasing return periods, and loss/damage replacement automatically on all purchases.

I also have a Chase Visa.

Both are working just fine on my ISIS Droid Maxx here in Los Angeles. Wallet is much better, but I'm sick of the hacking game to try to get it on different devices. I just want something that works out of the box, and right now, that's ISIS.

mwara244 says:

ISIS will charge the consumer to buy products as well as the vendor to sell their products. ISIS will charge you to load the app every time you need to add money. Usually consumers aren't charged to use the products, just the merchants.

Care to provide a link for that FUD?

I've used ISIS on my phone with both Amex and Chase Visa...no fees charged for using it here. What do you want to "add money" to, a pre-paid card?

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This is incorrect. I've got a family plan on T-Mo's new Un-Carrier plans with 2 Nexus 4's and a GS4. All 3 of which downloaded and installed without any root or mods straight from the Play Store. :)

Ekitrak says:

Guys, it's important to note that Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile only block the functionality to pay via your phone bill using your phone's NFC.

They have no direct control over your phone, and you can still use it to pay via Google Wallet with NFC, just using a credit card or bank account that you link to Google Wallet. I have a Nexus 4 on T-Mobile and I've payed multiple times with my phone.

planoman says:

Not if it is a carrier branded phone. They do block google wallet from working on their phones. A Nexus 4 is not a carrier phone. You can hack it to work if you want but not out of the box.

impulse101 says:

Totally not true. I have a Verizon Gnex and probably have used my phone for $10k worth of payments so far. You can sideload the APK on your Verizon phone.

return_0 says:

Or buy a Nexus, where you know it'll work...

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MAZDA_SF1 says:

Bout time! This is great news.

Navglad says:

Google allowed the NFC functionality to be killed by the carriers, and the FCC did nothing.

cinghialino says:

somebody is eating some pie somewhere.

icebike says:

THIS.

Neither did the FTC, the DOJ. Money talks.

I got the update, and its the first version that would even run on my device.
HTC One X (International).

Then I get a welcome letter saying it will work on NFC-Enabled phones. Nowhere do they say you have to be on a specific network, till you follow some link to find out its sprint or nothing.

acastro516 says:

How long till this leaks I need this now lol

still1 says:

this is good news

planoman says:

Love it and use it almost daily in my s4 Google Edition. ISIS can stick it along with the carriers except sprint which allows google wallet.

Can you hear me ATT?

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idontball says:

Daily as going to the store and using it to make purchases or just for online shopping? Because the only place really that has an option to pay with google wallet in person that I can think of off the top of my head is 7-11

bearda says:

7-11, Whole Foods, CVS, I think McDonalds in my area.

planoman says:

This. I am seeing more and more places every week it seems.

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Nonymous666 says:

Around here, Staples, Radio Shack, and Home Depot, too.

ki11ak3nn says:

I have a 1 year old so Toys R Us and Babies R Us in the Seattle area has it too.

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iviat says:

Only place I've ever really used it was Petco and BJ's Wholesale club. But I never saw anything that said good. It was just a paypass terminal I believe.

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planoman says:

Yes Google wallet works at all paypass terminals.

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S-Doo-1965 says:

Toys R Us

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ajr12388 says:

7-11, CVS, Walmart, Sears, Best Buy, McDonalds, Foot Locker via Mobile Payment Device, JCPenney, some Gas Stations, etc. More than most people think.

exdroid says:

Walgreens also accept Google Wallet payment.

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pinch55 says:

Meijers too. Look for the ((( symbol, maybe it's the other direction... Any who that symbol.

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impulse101 says:

Almost every single place that you can run a credit card has this ability. I rarely see any stores that you cant use NFC or Paypass.

ConTejas says:

This. I've used it at so many different places. Get the Mobile Paypass app to show any terminals in your area. I usually just use it to blow the minds of cashiers and bystanders (cool, I know ; p), but it has also saved my a$$ on occasion when I had my phone but not my wallet and needed something important like gas!

If Google wanted to, could they not just enable NFC functionality over the objections of the carriers?

dp.rotten says:

I've always wondered that. I mean it's not like if they did, the carriers would boycott Android, seeing as how like 80% of the phones in their store are Android based.

ctk4949 says:

im sure verizon will kill this as well!! I HATE VERIZON!!

wernd says:

Is this true for Verizon customers?

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chad783 says:

Wallet works on Verizon phones after side loading it. You can sign in and see your purchases BUT you can not make a purchase. It allows you to do everything but make a purchase use NFC. Thanks Verizon and/Google.

impulse101 says:

Once again not true.

chad783 says:

How so? I have tried out the new Wallet on my Verizon S3 unrooted after sideloading it and I can run the app but I can't use the NFC to purchase anything. Does yours work differently? Are you rooted or unrooted? If you have it working, please explain to the rest of us on how you are special.

bayou bandit says:

I had an unrooted totally stock gnex on Verizon for over a year, and purchased numerous items with GW using NFC after side loading the apk.

I now have a rooted HTC One on T-Mobile and I still can't figure out how to get GW to work on the damn thing! I love this phone, but I REALLY miss using GW.

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The T-Mobile HTC One (in fact, all Ones, except Sprint model IIRC) does not have the proper hardware to run Wallet. While it has NFC, it (supposedly) lacks the all-important "secure element" chip that Google requires for Wallet to run.

iviat says:

Does that include big red? I've been trying to sideload it for weeks and no success. I loved wallet when I was on sprint. Poor decision to move to Verizon

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dadathepanda says:

Same here... Wish I had stayed with Sprint

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ki11ak3nn says:

Third that statement. Just to find out months later that Sprint got the Galaxy Nexus as well. Bad choice on my part.

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technomom says:

I have so many questions about this.

Like many, I hacked Wallet onto my Verizon S3. I've been happily doing NFC Wallet payments, giving Verizon the finger for about a year now.

Soooo....the question is, what do I do now?

Do I uninstall the hacked version and give this a try? If I do so, will I lose the NFC functionality?

Rabbiddog says:

Depends on how you installed it. I use the Xposed Framework and patched GW module on my Sprint LGOG running CM 10.2. The patch simply removes the region/carrier check. Unless Google drastically changes that part of the app, the patch module should still work with the update. So far it has worked for me after every update thus far. *keeps fingers crossed*

EDIT: Also to answer your question, No. You will not lose NFC functionality. That is hardware based. Most devices with NFC, whether there is a NFC payment app or not, can still use NFC to transfer files and such to other NFC enabled devices. You will just lose the ability to make payments via NFC.

spinkick says:

Can someone tell me why this is great if you still dont get nfc functionality? Isnt this the same as the paypal app?

cinghialino says:

it's different because the transaction revenue goes to google not paypal or others.

lensgrabber says:

I was up in Torrington Wyoming over the weekend and noticed that the Arbys had PayPass terminals installed. They even had one at the drive through window. Why do these silly things get me so excited.

Scotty Olsen says:

If I read the blog post correctly, the update will still not give NFC payment capability to any of the non-officially Wallet supported phones:

"In-store purchases: If you have one of the 29 different NFC-enabled devices, you can continue to tap and pay at hundreds of thousands of US locations, while also enjoying the new Wallet features."

The update will only give you access to the other Wallet features:

"The updated app helps you easily send money on the go, store all your loyalty cards, save money through offers, and view all your Google Wallet activity - all in one place."

Bummer.

GrillMouster says:

It's the right move getting Wallet on all Android phones. The more people using it, the more people will complain to their carriers when they can't use the NFC payment feature.

kill4food says:

I hope the nfc works on verizon

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kill4food says:

I hope the nfc works on verizon

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planoman says:

Not a chance without hacking as of now.

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impulse101 says:

If by hacking you mean side loading an APK then yes it will work on the Gnex on Verizon.

kill4food says:

Do you have to be rooted to side load an apk?

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ConTejas says:

Nope, sideloading simply means downloading/installing from a place other than the Google Pay store (for all intents and purposes). Look up the most recent version of whatever app you'd like to install. Google that version .apk, download, install (same as from play), and profit. Never had a problem using Gwallet on evil Big Red for the year I had my beloved Gnex.

Jamez Taylor says:

Why are all interesting things about android US exclusive. This is sad.

brendilon says:

Because Google is an American company and the complex laws involved with rolling stuff out to a horde of other countries are prohibitive.

If what you saying is truth, Google should not be selling ANY services in any other country. IMHO it is just Google's way of ignoring everything beyond US which is still sad...

brendilon says:

Not true, some services are very easy to roll out to other countries. Others (like those involving money) are far more complex. Depending on the adoption rate of those particular services, it may not make sense to roll them out. As it is, Google Wallet use in the US is pretty low, in other countries, it may be even lower. Europe's antagonistic attitude towards Google services doesn't help matters either.
it's not as simple as not wanting to give the services to others. Google's business model revolves around giving as many services to as many people as possible, but it's just not feasible in all situations.

MERCDROID says:

This. +9000.

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ACADM says:

I'm not sure what antagonism Google gets from the E.U., it certainly gets a sweetheart tax deal from their member nations. Google also wouldn't get all the bullshit interference from the phone networks the same way they do in the US. Also PayPal are currently testing their own wireless payment system in the U.K. that involves using customer's face's to pay via a mobile device. Facebook are also supposed to be working on their own mobile payment system too. So Google are some way behind their competitor's in this area.

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brendilon says:

Google is under a lot of pressure from the EU regarding their marketshare of the search market, the use of preferred results (paid advertisements) marketshare in the mobile market and near constant privacy complaints. When Google so much as sneezes, the EU jumps on them for spreading the plague.

ACADM says:

The EU are quite rightly responding to complaints of monopolization and unfair practice's, as indeed the US Gov would if Google behaved the same way there.

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ConTejas says:

Agree that the US government would jump on them in a heartbeat, so that's why it's viewed with suspicion that the EU hounds them so hard. Microsoft deserved it and got in trouble here too.

SlappyMcgee says:

Just remember, a majority of US people still cannot use Google Wallet NFC, because the US Carriers are blocking it from our phones. Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T. All want people to use some crappy, ISIS. I would rather trust Google with my credit card then linking it to another service / company. But I do not get a choice since I am on AT&T.

pirarre says:

Can't wait for this to drop...Thanks Google!

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yepitsmememe says:

Says it is not compatible with my Verizon GNexus. Is this due to Verizon or the GNExus, or both?

Rabbiddog says:

Verizon. To expound on that. Back when Google Wallet app was announced, the three big carriers (VZW, AT&T, T-MO) didn't like the idea that Google wasn't charging, or allowing anyone to issue charges through GW on transactions. So Isis approached them, told them they could make money using their system instead, and they went with Isis and blocked GW on their carriers. So yes, those three carriers went with what would make them more money (at the expense of their customers) and not what was best for their customers.

planoman says:

Exactly like the carriers do not have our money already. So they try to deny choice. Sad thing is most people will not think twice about using ISIS without realizing they are fueling less choice in the future from the carriers.

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impulse101 says:

If you download the APK somewhere else and then sideload it on your phone. A monkey can do it. Then you will have full functionality. Just do a search on google for "sideload google wallet APK"

jwebsta32 says:

Just installed on my verizon gs4

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atlas9171 says:

Not compatible on Droid Maxx, oh well.

jwebsta32 says:

Maybe I spoke too soon...

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Saiyajin says:

I installed this yesterday around 1pm (Verizon stock Touchwiz GS4), and go the usual "not compatible with your device or network" message. It had the publish date as Sept. 17. Last night, around 10pm, I got an update notice for Wallet, with the same publish date (no time available, and I didn't track version numbers before taking this update) and it installed successfully, and it seems to work. I have to add a card to it, but I got the email from Google talking about how Wallet had successfully installed. Mysterious, but I hope it fully works and stays that way.

bearda says:

Just installed on my T-Mobile S4 and immediately got an error saying it was not available for my device or mobile network. Not sure if I still got the old version because it hasn't rolled out yet or if T-Mobile is blocking it regardless of the update, but it's not all there at the moment.

Rabbiddog says:

T-Mo is blocking.They want you to use Isis.

MERCDROID says:

Fuck Isis.

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Rabbiddog says:

Agreed!

brendilon says:

Is she cute?

bayou bandit says:

Good one!

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bearda says:

It turns out the update just hadn't rolled out yet. Afterwards it ran fine.

On a related note I'd give ISIS a try if I could get one of the SIM cards with the NFC Secure Element. I'd judge it on it's own merits if it were actually available.

MartyDel says:

Looking forward to trying this out...thanks Google. :-)

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S-Doo-1965 says:

I had thought wallet was dead when the 2013 Nexus 7 didn't support it. That made me sad. Thanks for the happy sunshine news Jerry.

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planoman says:

I did not know that. I have never used it on my nexus 7 (2012) but it is nice to know I can.

Wonder why they left it off the 2013 edition?

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brendilon says:

You mean the tablet with Verizon/ATT/T-Mobile LTE compatibility? Gee, I wonder...

planoman says:

Is it on the WiFi only version of the 2013 Nexus 7?

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brendilon says:

Tap to pay on a wifi version seems pretty silly. To be honest tap to pay on any tablet seems pretty silly.

planoman says:

Agreed which is why I stated above I have never used it on my Nexus 7. I can still see my transactions etc and with this new update will have more functionality than tap to pay which is what most here will not be able to use with carrier branded phones.

S-Doo-1965 says:

I read some place (maybe AC) the a secure chip set was absent in the 2013 Nexus 7. I know the play store says no when I try and get it.

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318sugarhill says:

What I don't understand is why they don't just make GW work with the Secure Chip in the Sim card for VZW. VZW blocks the NFC because they "claim" the secure device could be trouble, so they control it in the SIM vs the Device. So.....just allow GW to work with the SIM....easy fix...... Oh, wait. That's right. VZW, AT&T, and T-Mo all have their hands in the ISIS cookie jar.

And if I run the GW Hack......I can make payments through the damn PAYPASS credit card machines??? It doesn't need to say anything about Google wallet?

bayou bandit says:

Yep. Paypass is the usual signifier that your GW will work at that terminal.

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Mayoo614 says:

Ok I'm just sick of these US-only release. I want Wallet, Voice, Music, Chromecast, LTE Nexus 7. Just take a truck and send everything physical on a 6h ride from Boston and you're there (I'm in Canada). Everything else software related can be released. Don't get going with "It's a law thing". Apple has ITunes since years here, why can't Music get here?

I really hope this will change with Kit Kat.

"It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody."

better not become

"It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody in the US."

brendilon says:

"Don't get going with "It's a law thing"."

Well, it is. That's just reality, you can deny reality if you want, but I don't recommend it. If you think Google doesn't want to make their services available in more places, you're a fool. When Gogle Music doesn't have certain songs or accessibility, that's not because of Google, that's because of the record labels.

Mayoo614 says:

And I do agree with you. I'm not staying in the denial but I only think they are doing it wrong. I perfectly know that Google is smart enough to want to give access to all their services to everyone. But like I said, what's the difference between ITunes and Music? ITunes has more labels, more music thus should be more complicated to get licensing. I don't know everything it involves but it is just logic that both should be available or both should not get approved for a given law set. And if I put myself in the shoes of the average user (the one that thinks Android and Google are two separate companies), my choice goes with ITunes because it is simply available. And to be quite honest, I almost decided myself to begin using ITunes once because of that silliness ... and I am a Nexus fanboy who despise everything Apple does.

* I do exclude All-Access from this logic.

That's for Music. Wallet is a problem with banks and/or carriers. Voice is with carriers. Nexus 7 LTE and Chromecast is a total mystery though.

Long story short : Maybe I just hate being in Canada. I love the place, I love the life, but god I would want to have everything you guys have in the US.

mzanette says:

Check Nexus 7 LTE off your list, it's in Canada now. ;-)

Mayoo614 says:

Yup just saw that! Done ;-)!

Music
Wallet
Voice
✓ Nexus 7 LTE
Chromecast

brendilon says:

Apple was first to the online Music party so they have deals with all of the record labels, some of which are exclusive, meaning those labels are bound by those deals to not sell music digitally to other vendors. This is why Jerry and others always complain about music exclusives, they're one more example of why record companies SUCK.
Pulling off Voice in the US was complicated enough, I don't think it would work outside the US, especially with many governments (under pressure from telecomms) scrutinizing Google for Anti-competitive behavior. ATT pitched a fit when Google came out with Voice.
Chromecast is not such a mystery as it seems at first. Google has to keep their media partners happy so that they can distribute music, movies, TV shows, etc. When Chromecast first came out there was a lot of talk about how jittery content providers were about it. yes, that sounds stupid, but look how bass-ackward these companies are in their approaches to new technology. It's completely ridiculous. They fight tooth and nail against new advances in technology because they're afraid of the possibility of losing some part of the huge profits they've grown used to accumulating.
Tell you what, I'll trade you Google for your healthcare system.

Mayoo614 says:

+1 my friend ... + f*cking 1

I can't argue about that. You summed up everything I beleive (deep inside).

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NuLL.n.VoiD says:

Verizon still blocking...bastards.

WillyBean12 says:

I filed a anti-competitive behavior complaint with the Department of Justice over Verizon's blockage of Wallet. Verizon took it seriously, as they called me to confirm these received the complaint from the USDOJ. If enough people file a complaint, Verizon might change their mind. To file a complaint google "how to file anti-competitive complaint"

Rabbiddog says:

This was brought up before. And not that I'm saying people shouldn't do this. But they came out and used the bullshit excuse that it was GWs hardware requirement for the NFC secure element as the reason they were blocking it. Not because they were being anti-competitive. Again, which is complete bullshit. But so far the DoJ has bought their bullshit story.

orlanka says:

"But so far the DoJ has bought their bullshit story." or VZW just bought the DOJ.

Just did this. Thank you.

baileycmatt says:

So I like the concept of sending money, using rewards cards, etc, with the app, and while I see the potential of using your phone to pay for stuff, in my (admittedly limited) experience it's still not as convenient as just using a credit card. If I'm at Harris Teeter, say, I can swipe the card a lot faster than I can get out my phone, unlock it, touch it to the scanner, wait for it to go through, etc. And that's only if I have cell phone service - with T-Mobile in Washington DC where a lot of stores are buried inside office buildings, I frequently don't.

So I'm not trying to be negative and I love the idea - am I just missing something?

orlanka says:

For me, it's convenient as my phone is typically already in my hand when I'm shopping and most likely unlocked. So I just launch the app, enter the passcode and I'm done. Signal has never been an issue (even in the D.C. area) on Verizon and it doesn't always require a connection to work.

I changed build.prop on my S3 tricking Wallet into thinking it's the GNex. Been working fine so far. I guess to use this new updated Wallet, I'll just reset the current Wallet and reinstall.

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Woot! I can see the update in the PlayStore now - no longer flagging my S3 as not compatible. Awesome!!
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seanp666 says:

How does sending money to an email address work? Say I have my bank account attached to Wallet. I send my buddy some money via his Gmail account. How does he get that money into his bank account? Is it a link he clicks on or what?

Mayoo614 says:

I would guess so. My bank offers a similar thing. It asks me for the recipient email and to define a question and answer. It then sends an email to that person with a link. On the link, the person must answer the question correctly for the transaction to happen. You just have to communicate the answer the safest way you can. I personally use smoke signals.

* Again, remember this is from my bank. I would suspect something similar with Wallet.

The OP seems vague to me. That may be my fault, not Jerry's. Is it going to work, or not? Is the bullshit over, or not?

Rabbiddog says:

It does and has worked for some time. It's just that the app is blocked on VZW, AT&T and T-Mo (blocked by the carriers, not Google). That will not change. Also Google is slow in adding more compatible devices for those devices that do support the hardware requirements (and on supported carriers). That is on Google and the Hardware manufacturers. Which is why a lot of people who want to use this and have a hardware compatible device (such as me) end up just rooting and unlocking their device to get it to work.

The title says, "Updated Google Wallet app coming to all US-based Android phones." My phone is rooted and I have tried the work around using Modaco on my previous device, the Note 2. Sometimes I could get it to work, other times not. That isn't my issue. My issue is that the title says, "Updated Google Wallet app coming to all US-based Android phones." That suggests to me that my phone, the LG G2, which is rooted, and also is unable to retrieve the app from the Play store, will be able to download the app from the Play store and use it as intended, for NFC payments. Yes or no? If not, why not as the title suggests it will?

khelek says:

My probably-not-as-informed-as-others-understanding is that the app is downloadable and installable on all US Android 2.3+ phones, but that NFC payments can only be made on devices that it previously worked on. So, sadly, that doesn't even mean that it will necessarily work if you have NFC, but only if you have NFC and it worked before.

khelek says:

My explanation doesn't make sense, or the fact that the app will install on all phones, but doesn't necessarily offer you NFC abilities even if you have NFC on your phone?

The latter

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Rabbiddog says:

That remains to be seen. So far the update is rolling out but is still not available to all devices. From my understanding, ANY Android device will (eventually) be able to download and use this, but only those with NFC hardware will be able to use the NFC payment function. I believe that is where the "Updated Google Wallet app coming to all US-based Android phones." is coming from. Yes, all devices will eb able to use the app, but they may not be able to use all the apps functionality.

I am already reading other sites where people on VZW, AT$T and T-Mo have downloaded the update and it is running on their devices. Now whether they can use the NFC payment function or not still remains to be seen. Google previously used a region/carrier check upon startup of the app to determine if your device was "compatible". They may have changed it to run the check upon attempting to use the NFC payment function and not upon starting the app. Again, this remains to be seen.

I would so love it if it allowed those on the three carriers who blocked GW to be able to now actually use the NFC payment function. I can only hope.

khelek says:

FWIW, I have a VZW Galaxy Nexus (rooted, running CM10.2). I never had to do anything beyond downloading the wallet apk and installing it, but despite being on a "blocked" carrier, I was able to use the NFC functionality.

Which I hope remains the case with the updated apk....

Me too. I don't own the GNex anymore and I would like it to work with all NFC hardware Android devices. This really pisses me off. I understand why this is happening but it is inexcusable, and most likely illegal.

planoman says:

with 90+ % of carrier phones being subsidized I doubt it is illegal.

rudyy50 says:

I just installed this on my 2012 Nexus 7, and while it implied it would not work on a rooted device due to possible security changes from a nonstock OS, it seems to have fully installed. Don't know when I'll try it.
Best part is it shows all of my Play Store purchases back to my first almost three years ago.

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Isanagi says:

Maybe one day we'll have it in France

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khelek says:

So, does anyone have a link to said dodgy apk file? ;)

spielnicht says:

Installed at 14:01. Uninstalled at 14:02. It still doesn't support NFC payment on my Xperia ZL. The app is completely useless to me.

Rabbiddog says:

What carrier? Did it give you the same "not currently supported on your device/carrier" message on app start up? Or did it give a you similar message when you attempted to use the NFC payment function?

spielnicht says:

I'm on AT&T with an unlocked/unbranded Xperia ZL. The previous version would install but tell me my device and/or carrier are not supported. The latest update installs fine, allows me to use the [useless] new features, but the NFC payment option isn't available at all. I suppose if your device is supported then it'd be available to you.

Rabbiddog says:

Damn, so it looks like they just changed the carrier check from app startup to when you attempt to use the NFC payment function. Or, it simply does the carrier check at startup and locks out the NFC function when it finds you on a unsupported carrier. This concern me because that could also screw up the Xposed mod patch which removed that check.

planoman says:

If google wallet was not pre installed on your phone and NFC tap to pay did not work prior to this update, it is not going to work after the update. They added features but this will not may tap to pay work if it did not before the update.

khelek says:

Android Police has a blurb on the update. Among it:

"It turns out that not only is the apk rollout staged through Google Play, but activation is also staged on the server side. As a result, some users who download the app and sideload it will get an error until the rollout is at 100%. This won't affect all users, so just be aware that this issue could arise and the app will work as it should once the rollout has been completed."

bayou bandit says:

I'll believe it when I finally feel that satisfactory NFC vibration in my hand as I make a purchase.

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iviat says:

I love lamp

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iviat says:

It works on Verizon. There is an updated description in the play store explaining that it's slowly rolling out to all US devices and to check back. There are also users commenting that it works on Verizon

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khelek says:

I posted on my G+ feed a screen shot where it says that tap to pay is enabled on my VZW Nexus....

I haven't tried it yet, but so far, so good.

chad783 says:

Have you tried to buy something via NFC with your Verizon phone?

kill4food says:

Download an apk I found on my Verizon gs3...no nfc payment option. I hate you Verizon...

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l1ttl3z says:

The new app works good as it always did on both my rooted and my wife's non rooted evo 4g lte

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mth785 says:

It always feels cool using my phone to pay for stuff, to bad my favorite case seems to block NFC.

Via my Nexus 4.

kill4food says:

NFC only working on these phones with these carriers.

Motorola Moto X on Sprint and US Cellular.
HTC One SV (running Android 4.1 or higher) on Boost Mobile.
HTC One® on Sprint.
HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint.
LG Viper 4G LTE on Sprint and Zact Mobile.
LG Optimus Elite on Sprint, Virgin Mobile and Zact Mobile.
LG Nexus 4 GSM/HSPA+ on Google Play.
Samsung Galaxy Note® II on Sprint and US Cellular.
Samsung Galaxy S4 on Sprint, US Cellular, and Google Play.
Samsung Nexus S 4G on Sprint.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM/HSPA+.
Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE on Sprint and Virgin Mobile.
Samsung Galaxy SIII on Sprint, MetroPCS, US Cellular, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile.
Samsung Galaxy Axiom on US Cellular.

Also, I called Verizon and they said "GW will not work even with NFC enabled sim"

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djohansson says:

I wonder when we'll get this in Sweden... :)

I've had GW side loaded on my VZ Gnex since Jan 2012 with and w/out root and I've never had a problem using it. A friend of mine told me about this update so I uninstalled the side loaded GW apk and installed GW on my VZ Gnex and Nexus 7 (2013) directly from the Playstore. I was able to activate tap and pay on my VZ gnex but wasn't given that option on my Nexus 7 (2013). I'll test it at the store later to see if tap and pay will work on my Gnex.

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E90 Commie says:

It is a strange app, Google Play says that I can install it on my Xperia Z C6602 and also my Note II N7100 but I am not allowed to put it on the Xperia Z Ultra C6802, which is my main device. I fail to understand the logic why I am allowed to install it on the Z but not on the Ultra, there's no difference between them that can explain it.

I guess it will be sideloading of an apk then. It is an improvement that it isn't necessary to edit build.prop any more.

kill4food says:

If someone gets the nfc working on verizon galaxy s3 let me know how

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Wicket says:

I think they did a great job, while it's similar to other Google Apps it has some new polish to it, hope this is a taste of the polish we might see in KitKat. :)

mabr82 says:

This needs to come to the UK and Europe. We have wife as payments in most retail stores now

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mabr82 says:

This needs to come to the UK and Europe. We have wireless payments in most retail stores now

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mabr82 says:

This needs to come to the UK and Europe. We have wireless payments in most retail stores now

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ACADM says:

Exactly. Google are falling behind their competitors who are getting to market faster and gaining market share.

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mhy12784 says:

Google Wallet works on VZW now!

SlappyMcgee says:

I guess this means I will never receive an Official Android 2.3 Update for my S3 from AT&T When Samsung releases it next month.

It has become time to root :)

Installed and working fine on my Atrix HD (AT&T)....very pleased with this!

SlappyMcgee says:

Wow ok I am stupid, I forgot I am on 4.1.2 When reading the Android 2.3 or higher I was thinking 4.3 :P I went to the Playstore on my pc. It is now showing that the app is compatible with my phone but it wasn't yesterday.

Muzta says:

Any ideas as to why NFC payments started working on my Verizon branded Galaxy nexus?