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Google Wallet and Google Plus Both Receive Updates in Android Market

It’s always a good time when our Google overlords decide to release updates for their apps.  Today, you can head on into the Android Market and pick up the latest versions of Google Wallet and Google Plus.  The Google Plus update is quite minimal and is just a few stability fixes, while the Google Wallet update is quite major for some users. 

The Google Wallet update includes:

  1. Ability to handle PO Boxes for Prepaid Card top up.
  2. Increased allowable address length for Prepaid Card top up.
  3. Fixes to rewards card syncing.
  4. Improvements for supporting more handsets.
  5. Core Wallet system fixes.

If you are unable to download G-Wallet to your Verizon device, you can try this little hack we wrote up a bit ago. Be warned, Google may have patched it. Doesn’t hurt to try, though.

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Cheers Shannon!

  • Jbrozy19

    can i use google wallet to buy apps on the droid razr

  • GNEX(MOTOX)

    Also guys this trick works for the google car home that they don’t want to put on the nexus.. just downloaded it the same way through the browser trick.. :)

    • GNEX(MOTOX)

      but at the moment its not working… not registering unless i truly need the car dock to make it show up.. it i do the method again it says its installed but i can’t find it anywheres…market or app drawer… so ill check the apps in settings.. maybe it just needs its car dock :)

  • robotturkey

    I got the update even after installing with the market trick. I can finally add money to my card from a PO BOX card.

  • G3spike

    Its awesome they have the support update, but not being able to use it, and not having a larger bank backing it, it will quickly die once ISIS is out. Sad, but true.

  • GNEX(MOTOX)

    Thanks a lot… had to clear data but when it got to the market it had accept and download.. :) happy again..

  • GNEX(MOTOX)

    can someone use the new chrome extension to put the apk on dropbox pls?

  • Skyskioc

    HiI can’t get this to work for the life of me continually having problems saying prepaid I’m available any help would be appreciated. I have uninstalled it reinstalled it used titanium backup to install it went through the market went through the browser in excess of the same thing. Anyone else have this problem let me know if there is a fix. It used to work for me but now it no longer does

    • Skyskioc

      Sorry I forgot to mention I’m on the Verizon galaxy Nexus CDMA version running aokp black ice

  • Unexpected62

    When are they gonna add visa?!??!?

    • https://plus.google.com/114483312559013915960/ Timoh

       Would Visa even work through Mastercard Paypass?

  • JDHokie

    I installed Wallet via the .apk originally posted here.  I just did the Browser/Market loophole (via Browser, wouldn’t work with Chrome for me) and got it to install so I can get updates.

    Which version is on my phone?  I didn’t get a “Replace” message or anything … will I get updates via the Market moving forward, or do I need to uninstall/reinstall via Browser/Market.

    • GNEX(MOTOX)

      how did the trick work.. did it but when it went to the market just showed google apps… didn’t go to google wallet.. it knew..?

      • Violator

        Make sure you clear the browser data before you try using the hack

        • GNEX(MOTOX)

          tnx… ill try it again..

  • http://twitter.com/ryocoon Kurtis Whittington

    Also, Google Authenticator has updated with some security fixes.
    If you use 2-factor for your Google account (and you should), that is going to be the thing you normally use to do the second auth.

  • Tim242

    To install from the market, there is an easier way. No signing in, no pressing the back button.

    1. Go to http://market.android.com on your phone.

    2. Choose browser.

    3. Search Google Wallet, choose browser.

    4. Click icon, NOT INSTALL.

    5. Choose Market this time.

    • GNEX(MOTOX)

      says its not available for your carrier… vz :(

      • Tim242

        You didn’t follow it correctly. It works every time.

        • android 101 or lack thereof

          Verizon gnex? Ain’t working, keep getting not compatible error

          • Tim242

            If you follow it as it is written, it works. I have done it each time I flash a ROM.

          • villian1998

            I’m on stock and it’s not working

          • Tim242

            Could be a stock thing.

          • Brianem

            This doesn’t work for stock

          • Brianem

            long version on original thread worked (not this short way)

          • Brianem

            Rather, long verison with clearing defaults.

          • kniceguy

            I had to add an extra at the end of his; you click install; choose browser sign in; choose browser; when it says it is not available hit back; choose market; now install

          • Jesse Newcomer

             this worked

          • fvqu

            both methods work fine for me, although I am using google chrome, not the stock browser to do this.

          • fvqu

            You’ve done this each time you flash a rom? How is it possible you aren’t locked out by the secure_element issue?

          • Tim242

            As long as you reset wallet from within the app, then uninstall before doing backup, you won’t harm the secure element. Restoring the app from backup is what borks the SE.

    • rohicks

      Doesn’t work for stock phones. Says incompatible in the market and in the browser no matter how you try to get around it.

      • Tim242

        The question is…WHY are you still on stock??? : )

        • rohicks

          The answer is. Stock ICS is perfect. There hasn’t been a ROM out yet that has had enough features for me root and unlock the device.

          • Tim242

            Stock is far from perfect. AOKP is full of features. It is the most popular ROM for a reason. It has more features than Cyanogen ever had. I don’t know what you are waiting for.

      • rohicks

        oh never mind. i just got mine to install!

        You have to do this in the STOCK BROWSER. Certainly doesn’t work in chrome! Go to your settings>manage apps>browser. Force close. clear cache. clear data. Then do everything that’s said in this article and it should work.
        http://www.droid-life.com/2012/02/02/how-to-install-google-wallet-from-the-market-on-the-verizon-lte-galaxy-nexus/ 

        • fvqu

          It worked fine for me on chrome, just sign out first. (clear cookies.)

  • Jim McClain

    my google wallet works just fine and since I added money from my debit card,i’m not messin with the upgrade, might lose the money I have on it

    • baldypal

      I updated. Had money from debit card on Google prepaid card. Didn’t lose it. Your safe to update.

      • G3spike

        How is your prepaid working?

        • baldypal

          havent tried it since update. Before update works great.

  • Greg

    If we already had wallet installed, how do we update?

    • Tim Swann

      you have to do it again yourself…that’s what I did

  • Tim Swann

    the trick does work…you will get an error that says you carrier doesn’t support it but then it will download and install.  See my screenshot and then compare to what the market says is the current version. They’re the same

    • Tim242

      To install from the market, there is an easier way. No signing in, no pressing the back button.

      1. Go to http://market.android.com on your phone.

      2. Choose browser.

      3. Search Google Wallet, choose browser.

      4. Click icon, NOT INSTALL.

      5. Choose Market this time.

  • KrispyKrink

    Had to wipe and reinstall stock ROM last night and since then, about 10 PM loading up Wallet told me that my pre-paid card was unavailable due to planned system update. With this new update today, pre-paid still shows me the same error message, pre-paid unavailable.

    • David Salsburg

      Exactly same issue.. been over 24 hour now..   pretty disappointed as i use Wallet every day (up until now).

  • http://www.facebook.com/Pengwnmastr Mitchell Johnson

    I forgot to make a backup of wallet when I wiped my phone so I was really worried when I read ”
    Be warned, Google may have patched it.”

    It still works :D

    • Tim242

      To install from the market, there is an easier way. No signing in, no pressing the back button.

      1. Go to http://market.android.com on your phone.

      2. Choose browser.

      3. Search Google Wallet, choose browser.

      4. Click icon, NOT INSTALL.

      5. Choose Market this time.

  • Bmylonas

    loaded the original apk couple months ago on rooted and unlocked G-nex. Did the market hack to replace the original apk a month ago with the official market version.

    Today updated no problem as standard app through the market.

    • Hoff16

       Same here, and btw you do not need to say unlocked, you can just say rooted, as being rooted implies being unlocked.

  • briderx

    I GOT IT TO WORK ON THE NEXUS! – The other workaround didn’t work.. I’ll reply with the solution.

    • ddevito

      did you have the SECURE_ELEMENT issue prior? (stuck at initializing device)

      • briderx

        No, I didn’t have that.. It just didn’t show up in the market when I got to step 7.. It’s installed and working on my Nexus (Verizon)

    • briderx

      1.  From your phone open the browser and head to http://market.android.com.2.  Search for “Google Wallet.”
      *If your browser prompts you to open the Market, don’t. Just stay in the browser.
      3.  When the results come back, tap on the Google Wallet icon.4.  Tap the “Install” button from within the browser and then sign into your Google account.
      *Again, this is all from the browser, not the Market app.
      5.  Once you have signed in, you should be redirected back to the Market page in the browser.
      6.  Obviously, you will not have the option to install there since the VZW Nexus is not supported.
      7.  Tap the back button until you are prompted for the Market or Browser again, this time choosing the Market.
      * 8.  The Android Market should open but no results for Google Wallet.
      * 9. Hit the back button to go back to the website. Now try selecting your phone from the drop-down list.
      * 10. Click “Send” and it’ll install!
      * Original guide followed from Droid-Life

      • Tim242

        there s no need to sign in. Once you click the icon, choose market. It will take you str8 to your market to download.

        • http://www.pcprocare.com/ Barry Taylor

          The other way didn’t work. This was the only way it worked for me.

      • Tim242

        To install from the market, there is an easier way. No signing in, no pressing the back button.

        1. Go to http://market.android.com on your phone.

        2. Choose browser.

        3. Search Google Wallet, choose browser.

        4. Click icon, NOT INSTALL.

        5. Choose Market this time.

      • villian1998

        For other people out there having problems, do this method. Why it worked I don’t know but it did

        • http://www.pcprocare.com/ Barry Taylor

          Yeah, I don’t know why either..

  • ddevito

    *UPDATE*

    I just got off the phone with Money Network, they said today’s update was FOR NEW USERS only, not existing. A newER update is coming in 1-2 weeks and it will address:

    -pre-paid card provisioning issues
    -secure_element issues

    And that a master reset of your account is not necessary (even with the secure_element issue)

    LET’S HOPE AND KEEP FINGERS CROSSED!!

    • RadicalPie

      I have the secure element issue. I hope it gets fixed. :(

      • ddevito

        me too man, it stinks. I really enjoyed using it, and found it more secure since it was a pre-paid card. And transactions were a lot easier to keep track of.

        I called Money Network about 10 days ago or so and the rep I talked to told me an update was coming in two weeks, and that turned out true, so as of right now I believe them. They told me folks that had pre-paid cards prior (provisioning issue) to this and folks who reset their phone and cannot get in (assuming secure_element issue) that the next update will fix this. Google is supposedly fixing it so a master reset is “no longer needed” (their words).

        Hope they’re right.

      • John

        What’s the secure element problem you guys are talking about?

    • Tim242

      Uggghh. They told me that two weeks ago.

      • ddevito

        their “story” has now changed. Two weeks ago they told me once the update was released they would then be able to perform a master clearreset of IDs (TSM# I’m assuming) for folks having the “lockout” issue (as they’re calling it).

        Now they’re saying a master reset won’t be needed, as Google is fixing it completely in the next update. I would think a company as smart as Google can figure this shizznit out.

  • Connor Mills

    I just want damn VISA support

    • Hoff16

       It’s everywhere you want to be, except on your phone…

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  • Phil Austin

    Just got a new Galaxy Nexus (warranty replacement) and prepaid card still doesn’t work.  total bummer, i loved watching people drool over the technology when i would pay with my phone….

  • JustCurious

    What are people meaning when they say prepaid card not available? I’m just curious as I setup google wallet last month and used about $6 of the free $10 from google.  I rooted my phone about a week ago and installed wallet but didn’t really set it up or use it. Today i updated it on my galaxy nexus by updating both wallet and + at the same time. When I sign in I was surprised to see that my google prepaid card has $10 back on it and I’m able to set it as my default.

    Do you mean that if I use it, the money won’t work or others have not been able to setup their prepaid card at all? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LEP2PO6BC524BBC4K5CRPFOJFY josh

    I was able to download the google wallet update like I normally would any other app on my Verizon Nexus.

  • http://twitter.com/sergiobridgett Sergio Bridgett

    same – prepaid still not available to me

  • Bert336

    after a few tries, the browser trick and then the market switch got it to download, it still displayed under the market This item isnt available by your carrier, but it was downloaded and installed just fine.

  • fvqu

    Someone please tell me if the Google wallet update fixes the initializing issue that prevents some people from being able to use the application

    • ddevito

      Nope. Still doesn’t work. Money Network even did a reset of my account and it still doesn’t work. The only fix appears to be a new phone entirely.

      • RadicalPie

        Booo

      • ddevito

        *EDIT* – they did not do a “master” reset, whatever that means. They aren’t allowed to do these until a newer update of GWallet is released, then they told me it would no longer be needed anyway. 

        Confused? Good. So am I.  :)

  • mrjackson

    I was able to update Wallet on my LTE Nexus using the howto, it said across the top of the screen that “This item isn’t available by your carrier” but it still worked.

  • ddevito

    Didn’t fix the Secure_Element issue :(

    • fvqu

      I’m expecting Google to recognize this issue eventually and include a fix in a future OTA. I guess now a we can do is keep waiting.

      • ddevito

        I hope so, but it doesn’t look good. I’ll keep harassing Money Network 

      • ddevito

        see my new post above

  • http://twitter.com/Bklynst8ofmind Dreas

    Prepaid card still broken :(

  • Michael Forte

    Still can’t use my prepaid card after the update. Quite frustrating that a data wipe made this app unusable, maybe even forever. Why not have us enter or Gmail password to reenable prepaid cards and get over the security issue?

    • ddevito

      Money Network told me a newer update is coming in the next 1-2 weeks that will fix original users (and even secure element issues).

      • RadicalPie

        I hope you and are right

      • Tim242

        Yeah, they told me that same thing two weeks ago.

        • ddevito

          Well, unfortunately, there isn’t a damn thing we can do about it until then. 

      • Tripod4

        I called late last week (Thurs 2/23?), heard the same thing.  They (google) were in the middle of a huge system-wide update on their end at the time, legacy money would be restored hopefully the week of March 4th

  • http://twitter.com/canoy07 Eric

    Hack doesn’t work, google patched it

    • Jordan Fleuriet

      Agreed.  

      • realfoxm

        Is there any way to re-download from the market in the event that i needed to wipe or have the device replaced? (Assuming that this work around is fixed)

        I understand that if i root, i can have ti backup link to market to receive updates. Is this correct?

        • snowblind64

          It will be restored automatically along with the rest of your apps even after a factory reset.

          • realfoxm

            I didnt know this was possible. Do you restore from market.android.com?

          • snowblind64

            I used the Market trick to install Wallet on my girlfriends G-Nex. She was jealous of my phone working better than hers after I updated mine to the leaked 4.0.4 update so I unlocked her bootloader, which factory reset the phone. After rebooting, all of her downloaded apps were restored from the market including Wallet.

    • Tim Swann

      it actually does work…it says it carrier doesn’t support it then it goes ahead and downloads…it worked for me

    • Tim242

      To install from the market, there is an easier way. No signing in, no pressing the back button.

      1. Go to http://market.android.com on your phone.

      2. Choose browser.

      3. Search Google Wallet, choose browser.

      4. Click icon, NOT INSTALL.

      5. Choose Market this time.

  • Steve

    .apk please

    • chudilo

       Why would you need an .apk ? It’s available for everyone.

      • Garrick

        Not everyone has the market

        • Bartemus

          Well then they should get that before Google Wallet….

        • https://plus.google.com/114483312559013915960/ Timoh

           I don’t think any device with NFC support(required for Wallet) is shipped without the market.

      • Steve

        Really since when?  By default it is not allowed for Verizons Galaxy Nexus on the market..hence the hacks

        • RadicalPie

          I have it on my verizon galaxy nexus that I downloaded from the market. Read the post and you can get it from the market as well. Stop being lazy and get it yourself.

        • Tim242

          To install from the market, there is an easier way. No signing in, no pressing the back button.

          1. Go to http://market.android.com on your phone.

          2. Choose browser.

          3. Search Google Wallet, choose browser.

          4. Click icon, NOT INSTALL.

          5. Choose Market this time.

          • Tripod4

            steps 4 and 5 are key… thanks for the shorter-er cut

  • chudilo

    Ough great. It updates if I have it installed, even if I’m on Verizon!

  • Mike

    STILL can’t use my old prepaid card even after the update