Google is looking to gain a little more traction in the eCommerce world by announcing that their Google Wallet mobile payment system has nearly doubled in usage since opening up the app to all major credit and debit cards in the latest update. That means in just over a month usage has completely doubled. That is a good sign.
Google Wallet is probably the most widely known but the lack of carrier support has caused them some issues. That is where Isis comes is. Isis is a new mobile payment system we've been waiting for that is part of a joint effort from carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile all tossing huge sums of money their way. New details claim it could launch in September.
T-Mobile announced that it was rolling out an Isis/NFC update to the Samsung Galaxy S II. Most of us already know that NFC is used for commerce, and while T-Mobile thinks that's great, it has outlined its plan for NFC now that its showing up on its phones. To hear T-Mobile explain it, the roll out of NFC is more than just a joint venture with Isis to challenge Google Wallet.
Isis lately. The Google Wallet competitor made up of many partners including T-Mobile, Verizon, and other carriers that want to do things their own way. Today T-Mobile and Samsung have issued an update for their Galaxy S II smartphone that makes the device the first Isis-ready smartphone.
Google Wallet Q & A with their head product manager Robin Dua. This quick session was mainly for developers but we learned a few interesting facts about the future of Google Wallet. For one, they mentioned person to person payments could be in our future. More details below.
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]
Galaxy S III is getting ready to hit the US in full stride on multiple carriers this month, they've also just announced their brand new TecTiles. What are TecTiles you ask? These are programmable NFC tags that will simplify your life using the built-in NFC chip to complete tasks with the swipe of your phone. Call your wife when you get in the car to head home from work, activate apps like navigation, change settings and more all with ease. Check out more on these programmable NFC TecTiles below.
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.
BriefMobile spotted the latest of The Now Network's new devices and got a candid photo of the LG Eclipse 4G LTE that leaves nothing to the imagination. The flagship-level device is expected to his retailers in the latter half of this year.
Nook hardware? If you said "Ice Cream Sandwich", you're... well you're right, but not in this context. If you said "a camera for web chat".... well you're probably right there too. But for a retail-focused company like Barnes & Noble, one of the things they're missing is NFC. According to a Forbes interview with B&N CEO William Lynch, they won't be missing it for long.