Posts tagged with: Google Wallet
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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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    Another Wednesday is upon us, and attentive smartphone fans should know what that means: Google releasing app updates galore. The first one we've become aware of today bring some new functionality to Google Wallet to help shoppers stay atop of orders they place. Remember, Wallet isn't just used to tap-and-pay at retail stores, or buy some of the latest Android apps through Google Play; a growing number of online merchants are accepting Google Wallet as a payment method, and this update helps benefit users who place orders like that, which need to ship. Once this new “Orders” feature is ...

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    Mobile payments have been around for a while by now, but they haven't really taken off in the way that a lot of the companies behind them would presumably want. After seeing the carriers and banks backing Isis place so much effort into derailing Google Wallet, we assumed that when Isis finally went nationwide we'd be seeing the big showdown that would ultimately reveal the victor. But instead, things just keep plodding forward with no decisive winner, and neither Isis nor Google Wallet have really blossomed into a mainstream payment service. Are they doomed to remain in the shadows like ...

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    Last year was a tumultuous one for Google Wallet, and more than once we wondered if Google might be giving up the good fight and shuttering the service after the ridiculous amount of push-back it saw from certain wireless carriers. Nevertheless, Wallet triumphed, and with the launch of Android 4.4 we saw the service mature into something no longer reliant on whatever entity control's your phone's secure element. Following all that work expanding Wallet's reach, Google is now working to add a few new features, as we hear about with today's Wallet update for Android. Supporting store loyalty ...

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    Quite some time ago Google released Google Wallet, a payment system that let your NFC-enabled phone work with a very limited number of tap-to-pay merchants. That alone was a big enough roadblock to keep many from trying the service. Add to that the limitations of Secure Elements, carrier restrictions, and being confined to these United States, and it's a wonder that Google Wallet ever made it to where it is today. Where exactly is that? No longer do you need a Secure Element, and the app is generally available on even previously restricted carriers. All this is good news -- as long as ...

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    Big stuff is happening with Google Wallet, and besides that physical card Google just introduced yesterday, we've been keeping track of a major shift that arrived with Android 4.4 KitKat, wherein Android emulates a smartcard's secure element, rather than requiring the actual hardware to be present. This is absolutely key to improving Wallet's accessibility, as it should seriously hinder carrier efforts to prevent users from being able to make Wallet mobile payments. Problem was, even with Android 4.4 becoming available on more and more devices, the latest version of the Wallet app that ...

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    If there's one thing Google Wallet has really been doing well, it's keeping us guessing. A few months back, and we worried that Wallet was on the way out, with new Nexus models arriving without the appearance of Wallet support and long-rumored features like that physical Wallet card reportedly killed-off. But then Android 4.4 arrived, and we saw what's arguably the biggest improvement to Wallet to date, as Google divorced its functionality from reliance on a phone's secure element, potentially making the service available on phones that were previously unusable. Today we get another ...

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    Wireless carriers have a great thing going for them. We all need their services if we want to get online with our smartphones outside the WiFi-shrouded comforts of our homes and offices, and so we pay through the nose each month in order to access a sliver of the RF spectrum (which is already a publicly owned good, but that's another rant). The sheer amount of power they've been able to wield as a result has been nothing short of detrimental to the mobile industry, as I've recently written about at some length. But there's hope! Over the past week, we've seen Android 4.4 go official, and ...

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    The Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 launches should be just hours away, if the latest (and very loud) rumors have finally got it right. While that makes it tempting to just sit back and wait for official word to arrive, we've still got some more last-minute leaks to check out, and after word of that Android 4.4 cloud backup business, we're hearing a bit more about what to expect from the platform. The big news could be a new way to use NFC, no longer relying on the “secure element” in NFC chips to conduct mobile payments. It's access to this element that carriers used to block deployment of ...

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    Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice-president of software engineering, took a jab at Android and NFC at WWDC this year when he said "There's no need to wander around the room, bumping your phone." He said this in reference to AirDrop and iBeacon, which was introduced with Apple's iOS 7. But, before we get into iBeacon, let's talk about NFC -- Near Field Communication. Many smartphones powered by Android, Windows Phone 8, and even BlackBerry come with NFC inside. NFC is awesome! With NFC I can change profiles on my phone for home, work, or car mode. I can automatically join a friend's WiFi ...

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