Posts tagged with: Google Wallet
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Mobile payment systems are some of the biggest disasters in the smartphone world. The failure for any to catch on speaks to everything wrong with the industry: the tech is there, the infrastructure is in place, yet greed, egos, and back-room deals have managed to hold a pillow to the face of this otherwise promising technology. Last fall we saw evidence that Google, frustrated with an inability to get Wallet onto more Androids, was implementing its own card system, where users of incompatible phones could simply use this physical card to pay, instead. Now a new report claims that Google ...

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    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that companies which issue credit cards are threatened by smartphones and the advent of mobile payments. We've already seen such companies band together for their own ISIS system to compete against the likes of Google Wallet, which from the get-go has been jumping through hoops to be able to function in a landscape largely under their control. Now one is spelling out plain as day about just what they want from companies building mobile payment solutions: money. Visa's CEO Charlie Scharf explained that he believes "it is totally ...

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    Google's been struggling for over a year now to drum-up interest in Google Wallet, and despite the arrival of more and more Androids with NFC capabilities, it faces some formidable competition from alternate mobile payment systems with carrier backing, like the threat posed by Isis. Now Google could have one more player to worry about, with Samsung announcing its own partnership with Visa and demonstrating its own Wallet app. While Samsung Wallet and its Visa deal are separate arrangements, together they could draw users away from Google Wallet. All new Samsung Androids with NFC will offer ...

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    We kicked-off November by learning about a big change that was in the works for Google Wallet, upon a leaked future version of the app revealing details about a new program to introduce a physical Google Wallet card. Such a card would allow Google Wallet users to make payments at retailers that didn't support NFC, and it seemed that Google might use the card to extend access to users with phones that lacked NFC hardware themselves. That's all looking essentially confirmed at this point, upon Google posting some details of the card to its Google Wallet support pages. Here, Google makes it ...

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    Last month, we caught wind of something big happening over at Google Wallet, but it wasn't yet clear just what was going on. The site seemed to suggest that the service would soon become available to iPhone users, as well as smartphone owners on other platforms, though we remained in the dark as to just how this would work with phones that lacked NFC abilities. We're still not sure if this is exactly what Google was talking about, but some leaked info from an unreleased Google Wallet app seems to suggest that Google could be introducing a physical Google Wallet credit card, linked to your ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Microsoft Surface and how it's already shipping to certain lucky customers. Then we discus the Surface and Windows 8 since both Skype and Hulu+ will be available at the time of their launch in the Windows Store. Then we talk about the LG Nexus 4 and the recent rumors. Then we go through some future changes that will come to Google Wallet and why these matter. We end today's show talking about the iPad Mini event and all the predictions. All this and more after the break.

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    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 ...

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