Google Wallet

Google Wallet now supports all major credit cards

Google Wallet just received what is quite possibly the most important update for the app yet. Not only does it now have cloud support but the biggie here is all major credit cards and debit cards are now accepted. That means everyone using a VISA card and more can enjoy Google Wallet to the fullest. Google Wallet now supports VISA, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover card. Awesome news! I've actually been using Google Wallet more and more in daily life but now that users will be able to use any card they have, this should open up the flood gates of users. Not only that but it is cloud based so on first setup if you already have a card attached to your Google account (for Play Store purchases and such) it syncs and will be ready and waiting for you. This is epic! That isn't all either. While many are focusing on the fact you can use any major debit or credit card they also have another awesome update. Remote disable. Starting today with the new Google Wallet not only do you have the privacy and protection it has always had with a pin number, but not users can remotely wipe and disable it should you lose your device. This is an added layer of protection that is an awesome and welcomed addition. [youtube VuFVsaFCzsw] Here at Android Community we've tried Google Wallet multiple times. You can see our LG Viper Google Wallet hands-on demonstration, or just enjoy the awesome Google made video above. For those with NFC capable devices you'll want to head to the Play Store and get Google Wallet right now by clicking here. For those with Verizon phones there's multiple APK's to sideload, but that can be iffy when we are working with credit card information so proceed to that route with caution. Who's excited to take Google Wallet to the next step? We are! [gallery] [timeline]

More Google Wallet problems: phone reset bricks service

Google Wallet can't catch a break. After some legitimate security concerns and a root hack, users from around the Internet are reporting a serious flaw in the structure of Google Wallet on new phones. Apparently a factory reset will completely disable Google Wallet on some (and possibly all) NFC-enabled Android devices. This isn't even a root/mod issue - just using the built-in Android reset function will break the authentication for your device, rendering it inoperable for Google Wallet.

LG Viper 4G LTE with Google Wallet makes life easier

Last month LG released their new LG Viper 4G LTE for the Now Network. Although 4G LTE still isn't quite available one of the other important and awesome features of LG's Viper is NFC capabilities. Coming out of the box with Google Wallet we decided to give you all an actual first hand look at using Google Wallet to make a purchase or pay for parking using the LG Viper 4G LTE. It's little things like the low price, and Google Wallet that makes life easier with LG.

Google Wallet gains a startup, loses co-creator to Square

Google Wallet has had a rocky time in the last few months, and a pair of happenings today give it one step forward and one step back. Good news first: Google has acquired TxVia, a company that specialized in electronic payment systems. At the same time the NFC Times reports Google engineer Rob von Behren has jumped ship to rival mobile payment company Square, according to his own LinkedIn profile. Behren was one of two Google employees who created the Wallet NFC payment system.

Google rethinking Wallet strategy, may share revenue with carriers

Google Wallet hasn't had an easy start. Despite becoming the de facto standard for payment in the Android Market/Google Play Store, its adoption with consumers and retailers for NFC-based payments is effectively nil, with CitiBank and Mastercard being the only non-carrier infrastructure partners of note. The fact that the service has suffered multiple privacy scares and a short feature outage doesn't help. So it's no surprise when Bloomberg reports that Google's top brass is reevaluating their strategy, with the possibility of adding a revenue share system for the carriers that support it.
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