Something New Is Brewing Over At Google Wallet; What’s Going On?
Google Wallet has come a long way in recent months, finally sorting-out some of its aversion to credit card payments, and bringing on a whole bunch of new users through the release of the Nexus 7. Now it looks like Google is getting ready to implement some big changes, teasing a new version of Wallet on the horizon.
The main Wallet page advertises the new version coming soon, and provides a link to a signup page to request an invitation to the new Wallet. What’s interesting are the options that the page presents (above), appearing to support the iPhone and other non-Android hardware. Does that mean that this new Wallet won’t focus so heavily on NFC? Maybe something using QR codes and cameras, instead?
For now, we’re not quite sure what to think. The timing might hint that this new Wallet could be tied-in to Google’s event scheduled for next week, but there are already suggestions that the new Wallet could launch well in advance of that, possibly even later today.
It’s also worth nothing that Isis, presumed to be Wallet’s main competitor, has just started testing in a couple markets. This revamped Wallet could be an effort to nip that usurper in the bud.