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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]

Samsung announces TecTiles to bring NFC to the masses

While Samsung's 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.

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 Eclipse 4G LTE spotted in the flesh

OK, so "flesh" probably isn't applicable for a hunk of plastic, glass and silicon, but you get my drift. 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.

Future Barnes & Noble Nooks coming with NFC

So, what's the one feature missing from Barnes & Noble's 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.

KegDroid dispenses beer via NFC tags

Why would you combine an Android tablet, an Arduino board, a keg of beer and a tap? If you asked Google employee Paul Cariff, he'd probably retort with, "Why not?" His latest masterpiece, the KegDroid, uses a Motorola XOOM connected with a tiny electronic controller to both secure and properly dispense what made Milwaukee famous. Naturally, it's all encased in a display that shows off everyone's favorite little green robot.

Latest HTC DROID Incredible 4G leak shows NFC

The HTC Droid Incredible 4G is pretty much a done deal at this point; all we really want to know is when Verizon will release it and for how much. But there's at least one surprise left for the mid-range LTE phone, and Reddit user Krimit04 found it when talking to a surreptitious Verizon rep. When he popped off the battery cover, he spotted the unmistakable electrical ribbons coming out of an NFC chip. Just don't expect Google Wallet to come pre-loaded on the Verizon device.

LG Optimus Elite pictured – doesn’t sound too Elite

A new phone from LG has been leaked today in a set of official renders or press images. Being called the LG Optimus Elite although I'd go as far as to call it much less than that. We've seen reports on this phone before with a rumored name of the LG Optimus Net and Gelato, but we can now confirm this phone and its "Elite" status.

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.

Sony Xperia sola officially announced with camera gestures and NFC tags

That "Pepper" handset we saw yesterday didn't stay obscure for very long. Sony has just announced the Xperia sola (keeping its maddening trend of strange capitalization going strong) for launch in the second quarter of 2012 in Europe. Other territories will follow, presumably including Japan and (eventually) the US. The Sola fits in between the Xperia U and Xperia P announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this month, adding in premium features including camera gestures and NFC tags.
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