Posts tagged with: Google Wallet
  • by | March 12, 2014 4:22 PM

    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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  • by | February 5, 2014 7:27 PM

    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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  • by | January 30, 2014 7:12 PM

    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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  • by | December 9, 2013 7:14 AM

    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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  • by | November 21, 2013 7:07 PM

    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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  • by | November 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    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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  • by | November 6, 2013 10:26 AM

    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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  • by | October 31, 2013 11:48 AM

    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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  • by | October 30, 2013 7:25 AM

    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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  • by | September 25, 2013 7:03 AM

    You love your smartphone. You keep it well-protected, charged, and within an arm's reach of you throughout the day. And why wouldn't you? In recent years it's become your conduit to the world, keeping you in touch with friends and family, helping you navigate work, and providing a break when you need to get rid of a little stress. Liking your phone as much as you do, you keep on top of all the latest updates – sure, that means the major (and minor) system updates, keeping the platform at its freshest, securest, and most feature-packed, but also updates to the dozens of apps that no doubt ...

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  • by | September 19, 2013 1:04 PM

    For the longest time, Google Wallet the app was inextricable from its use as a mobile payment system. That is, if you didn't have a phone with the proper NFC and secure element support, you weren't using Google Wallet, period. A couple days ago, however, we saw Google release a new version of its Android app that no longer made NFC payments a requirement for Wallet usage, and made it available to Android users with all manner of phones. While they can't pay for things in-store with Wallet, they can still use it to manage loyalty cards and to directly send money to peers. Now Google seems ...

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  • by | September 17, 2013 11:41 AM

    This past year has been a shaky one for Google Wallet, and at times we wondered if the its days might be drawing to a close. After all, we heard about setbacks like the cancellation of plans for a physical Google Wallet credit card, and saw this year's Nexus 7 tablet launch without the Google Wallet hardware support last year's model enjoyed. In spite of these roadblocks, it looks like Wallet will continue to soldier on, and today Google announced a big change for the software, as it becomes available on all Android phones running Gingerbread or later. How's Google managing that? ...

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  • by | July 29, 2013 5:21 PM

    Google Wallet, what with its NFC-based mobile payment system – has long struggled to attract interest. At times it almost seems like there's a conspiracy trying to keep it from finding mainstream success, yet so far Google's kept putting up the good fight. Lately, however, there's been the sense that even Google could be tiring of Wallet, and it looked like the company was backing away from its plans for a physical Google Wallet card. Now, the new Nexus 7 has launched, and despite being a pure-Google device, free from carrier meddling, it lacks basic hardware support for Wallet; is this ...

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  • by | June 19, 2013 10:35 AM

    I've been an advocate of using Google Wallet since I've been able to run the app on my smartphone. Walking into the local convenience store, phone in hand, and paying for my Monster Energy Drink by tapping my phone to their reader was, for lack of another phrase, science-fiction realized! The cashier smiled and chuckled a little -- a guy trying to use his phone to make a purchase! Shenanigans! Then the receipt printed out. The look on that cashier's face was epic: disbelief and jaw-dropping amazement. After that I started looking for places I could pay with my phone, just so I could see ...

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  • by | May 10, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the possibility of getting an eight megapixel front-facing camera on Android smartphones in the near future. We later talk about the Nokia Lumia 928, which was officially launched on Verizon. Samsung is next as the Galaxy S 4 Zoom could probably be announced this month. Google follows as it seems they'll revamp their wallet strategy again. We end today's news talking about the leaked specs of the New Google Nexus 7. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Eight Megapixel Front-Facing Cameras Coming to Multiple Androids - Nokia Lumia 928 ...

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