Posts tagged with: Google Wallet
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    There are plenty of ways to conduct transactions with Google's help: you can place orders online, tap-and-pay with Android Wallet, or send money to your friends with Google Wallet. But for the past few years now there's been another way to loop Google into the way you make purchases, with the physical Google Wallet card. Designed as a way to let users draw from their Google Wallet balances while shopping at retailers that might not support tap-and-pay tech, the card always felt like a bit of a bandage: a stopgap solution to fit Google's square peg into the round hole of brick-and-mortar ...

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    Over the years, we've witnessed big changes come to Google's mobile payment infrastructure: Google Wallet has seen its role in tap-and-pay transactions surrendered to Android Pay, largely falling back to second-tier status as a person-to-person payment system. But while you could no longer use your phone at POS terminal to pay for a purchase with Google Wallet, support remained for the physical Google Wallet credit card, introduced back in late 2013 to help facilitate payments at retailers whose systems didn't support NFC. Now it looks like the end of the road's within sight for the Google ...

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    When we first heard of Android Pay, we were all ready to whip out a bugle and start playing "Taps" for the fallen Google Wallet. And even though Google Wallet will never again be Android's home for tap-and-pay mobile purchases, it's found a new role to fill when it comes to sending money between users. We've already seen Google hard at work to keep Wallet relevant, beefing up its account support and improving app security, and today we learn of a new feature that promises to help expand the service's usefulness, allowing users to send money to recipients without even needing their email ...

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    Android Pay isn't the first time Google has gotten into the mobile payments business. Google demonstrated Google Wallet way back in 2011, and released it in these United States that September. The Google Wallet used NFC and a "secure element" in your smartphone to take advantage of contactless payment terminals which were slated to replace traditional swipe-to-pay card readers. Since then, Apple has gotten into the game with its own product, Apple Pay, and Google has restructured and re-released its service, this time calling it Android Pay. Despite all the technological mumbo jumbo, ...

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    Google Wallet may be a shadow of its former self, having handed off tap-and-pay functionality to the new Android Pay, but the app's not going down without a fight, and continues to live on as Google's solution for person-to-person money transfers. Even with that pared-down feature set, Google's not putting Wallet on the back burner, and this week we see the arrival of an update that broadens support for payment options while improving app security. Google Wallet already helps secure your funds by requesting a PIN when first launching or going unused for an extended period of time. And ...

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    I was one of the first people in my area to adopt Google Wallet. Everywhere I did business soon knew me as "the guy who pays with his phone" - so long as they were equipped with a compatible terminal. I helped train cashiers how to use this "newfangled" payment method, and even helped identify when terminals were installed - but not configured - to use NFC payments. Google Wallet I was also one of the folks who was burned by the "Secure element not responding" bug in Google Wallet on the Galaxy Nexus. For those of you who don't know (or have forgotten), back in 2011 Google Wallet was just ...

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    September 16, less than a week from today, is when Android Pay is supposed to go live, according to the latest rumors we heard on September 4. The information allegedly came from Verizon through unofficial channels, and the fact that Mountain View has a new Google Wallet app ready in the Play Store is a clear indication that the rumors were (at least) close to reality. You will not be limited to paying in stores with the new Google Wallet app; instead, you'll be able to send (and receive money) to people in the US via email (apparently, with no fees), manage your Wallet card, deposit and ...

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    Android Pay is positioned to be the new home of payments on Android (good name choice, considering), evolving as sort of the next-gen Google Wallet. We've had confirmed reports of Pay going back to late winter, and Google more formally shared some of its plans for Android Pay at Google I/O this past May. All this has been setting us up for the service's launch – so when would that be? Leaks pointed to Google flipping the switch last week, but that clearly didn't happen. Will we be waiting until the new Nexus phones launch, reportedly at the end of September? Perhaps not, and this week a ...

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    When the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus landed last year armed with NFC support, retailers started seeing a huge uptick in consumer mobile payment interest, as users tried Apple Pay for the first time. Thanks to the presence of contactless payment chips on existing credit cards, not to mention previous NFC-based mobile payment systems like Google Pay and Softcard, lots of these retailers already had Apple Pay-compatible POS systems in place, so everything should have been ready to go for all these new users to start making payments … until retailers started switching their systems off. Now at least ...

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    At Google I/O in late May, Google announced its next-gen mobile payment service, Android Pay. And while Android Pay sounded a hell of a lot like Google Wallet in terms of its functionality, it wasn't long after the initial Android Pay announcement that Google was insisting that Pay wasn't arriving to outright replace Wallet, and that the Wallet app would live on – and even get spruced up with plans for a big overhaul for the software. As we wait to see how that will all play out, though, it's becoming clear that Google intends to put Wallet on the back burner, as the company updates the ...

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    Yesterday brought us the announcement of Android Pay, Google's new system for integrating mobile payments at a deeper level throughout the company's platform. If you're already a heavy Google Wallet user, it probably sounded pretty good, but some of the details may have given you pause. For instance, Android Pay won't require users to manually start up its app, and instead will go active whenever you unlock your phone. Well, fine, but what if you don't use a lockscreen at all? Will Android Pay still work for you? We're waiting to find out, but now we've got one fewer reason to be ...

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    Google Wallet may still struggle for widespread acceptance; it got off to a bumpy start with limited support from manufacturers and carriers, and it's never had quit the same kind of PR support that Apple Pay benefits from. And despite how it still hasn't risen to broad prominence, it continues to be a very useful tool for Android users who take the time to learn when and how to use it. For those of us who regularly take advantage of its mobile payment capabilities, the app's transaction history mode becomes a convenient way to check back in on when we spent what, where. Or at least, it ...

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    We've been talking a lot lately about Google's interests in mobile payments, from rumors of an unusual Bluetooth-based system, to the boost Wallet is getting thanks to that new Softcard deal, to word of a general focus at I/O this year on Google Wallet. But more than just making an effort to get additional Android users shopping with Wallet, today we hear rumors of a plan to build payment support into new apps, with word of a new Android Pay API that could debut at I/O. Android Pay would offer developers an easy framework for both supporting in-app transactions, as well as delivering ...

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    Earlier this week we got word of a big step forward for Google Wallet, as Google inked a deal with previous mobile payment competitor Softcard that would see Google Wallet land pre-installed on phones from major US carriers. That sounded great for Google, but what about Softcard users? Well, those on Android clearly had the option to switch over to Google Wallet, but that's only part of the Softcard, as the company also provided mobile payment solutions for Windows Phone. And while users abroad have other options for NFC payments on the platform, Softcard had been the only one available in ...

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    Last week we heard that Google was getting ready to breathe some fresh life into Wallet, not content to sit idly by and let Apple Pay dominate the mobile payments game. It wasn't clear exactly what was going to happen, but it sounded big, and it sure seemed to fit well enough with earlier rumors that Google could be considering acquiring mobile payment competitor Softcard (the one with all the carrier involvement). As it turns out, we won't be waiting until I/O to learn just what Google's up to with Wallet, and today the company starts sharing news of Wallet's next chapter, which will find ...

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    Google Wallet sorely needs some reinvigoration. The aging service is seeing itself hugely outpaced by newcomer Apple Pay, and if Wallet has any hope of rising to meet Apple's challenge, it's going to take some fresh new ideas. We've already hear about a couple ways Google could be thinking to get Wallet back on track, including rumors of a Softcard buyout and a new Bluetooth-based payment system that wouldn't rely on NFC. Now a new report claims that Google will be introducing its next Wallet plans at I/O 2015, and it could be doing so with the backing of some major carriers. Google Wallet ...

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    Has Google hit an impasse with Wallet? Apple may have gotten smartphone users talking again about NFC-based payments last year with the launch of Apple Pay on the new iPhones, but Google's failed to do much in recent memory to draw new customers to Wallet. Could user confusion over the tap-and-pay mechanic of it, including uncertainty about both phone and retail POS compatibility, be limiting adoption? Google may have its suspicions about just that, as we get word that it's been investigating a new payment method that works very differently from the Wallet we're used to. Google's ...

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    We know from experience now that when Google decides to go big, it goes big. The same holds true for its app update days. Early this morning, we were hearing word of a major update to Hangouts, and then hours later we learned about a major Android Wear revision for Lollipop. We're happy to report that those two things aren't all, and that the Google app updates continue with these Wallet and Inbox updates we're now filling you in on. The Google Wallet update is meant as an easier way to manage gift and loyalty cards in one central location. It comes in at version 8.0, and a download link ...

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    Google Wallet has found itself in the news a bunch lately, but more as a secondary player in stories than the primary focus. Instead, it's been Apple Pay taking the spotlight, and when retailers reacted to the launch of Apple's mobile payment service by shutting off the NFC readers at their POS terminals, Google Wallet ended up suffering collateral damage. It's almost an indignity to Google's service that its use was just as much in violation of agreements between merchants and MCX, yet Wallet had been operational for years without anyone batting an eyelash – and it took the arrival of ...

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    Does NFC have a curse on it when it comes to mobile payments? Every time it seems like a payment system is just about ready to really become popular, it feels like some business interests have to step in, flex their muscle, and do everything in their power to ruin things. Android users faced that headache as carriers clashed with Google Wallet over access to the secure element on our phones, forcing Google to come up with a work-around. And now that Apple Pay is live in the US and more users than ever before have the ability to make NFC payments, another group of companies is  doing ...

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    My LG G Watch arrived on July seventh and got slapped on my wrist just moments later. Since then I've worn it, my Pebble, and the Moto 360. I'm convinced that my days with Pebble (at least in its current incarnation) are behind me. Android Wear is significantly more advanced, easier to use, more intuitive, and all around better looking - especially when referring to the Moto 360. Even still, and after more than one OTA update, Android Wear still needs work. Watch Faces First and foremost, the watch faces that come with the G Watch aren't that great. Sure, they get the job done, but they're ...

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    It's impossible to talk about this week's launch announcement of Apple Pay, the NFC-enabled mobile payment system available with the new iPhones and Apple Watch, without drawing comparisons to Google Wallet. And with good reason, as the two services are more alike than either company would probably like to admit – at the end of the day, they're both moving money from A to B, and there aren't that many ways to spice things up. But now one small, though still notable difference is emerging, as we learn how Apple intends to profit from Apple Pay's use. With Google Wallet, we were always ...

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    One of the biggest problems merchants have is when a frustrating checkout experience results in a loss of potential customers. Google, by releasing the Wallet Instant Buy API for Android last year, remedied this -- a simple "Buy With Google" button could be implemented by developers for quick, easy, and painless payment processing. The Instant Buy API provides merchants with a simple solution to take payments. User information is stored on Google servers until said user decides to go through with a purchase, when the information is transferred to the merchant to run through any payment ...

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    Yesterday we saw Google deliver a pretty substantial update to Maps, not just for Andorid, but iOS as well. And while that was a well-appreciated update, it also felt like it landed a tad bit early; as we mentioned at the time, Wednesdays tend to be Google's big days for app updates. Well, Maps may have jumped the gun, but Google's still got some new software it was saving for us today, and we're hearing about new updates on their way for both Google Wallet and Google Camera. Wallet's changes aren't too major, but we think they're worth mentioning nonetheless. The UI sees some tweaking, ...

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    If you have Google Glass, and need to quickly send money to someone, you may soon be in luck. A report allegedly from sources close to Google states that the company is testing Glassware letting users do just that, and there is even a reported voice command associated with it -- "OK Glass, send money". The feature is similar to one we have seen rolled out to users of Gmail, so we would not exactly be surprised to see a similar feature land on Glass. Many use-cases can be thought up for the functionality a Wallet app would provide on Glass, including splitting bills with friends and family, ...

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