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Google Introduces New Google Wallet App for “All” Android Phones (Updated)

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This morning, Google announced that they will release the newest version of Google Wallet this week to all Android phones running Android 2.3 and above. Yes, I just said all. This new Google Wallet will allow users to send money from “anywhere” using email addresses (similar to the new Gmail feature) that have been linked to bank accounts, keep store loyalty cards in a locker of sorts with a quick scan of your card, find and use Google Offers with ease, and see all of your purchase activity in one place. 

The app will still make purchases via tap-and-pay over NFC, but your phone – as was the case in the past – needs to be on their approved device list, which currently only includes 29 different devices. Google did mention that they have more NFC-enabled devices on the horizon as they “continue to invest in NFC with partners.”

The new app will rollout this week, so continue to check the Play store or update your existing Wallet app. Once you see it, be sure to give us a heads up!

Update:  We have a quick hands-on, plus a download link at this post.

Play Link

Via:  Google Commerce

  • rabidhunter

    I was finally able to install Google Wallet on my DROID Mini last night at 10 PM. Now only if they had NFC Payments…

  • igloobunny

    Downloaded the update (I was using an older side-loaded APK previously) on a Verizon Galaxy Nexus and it works fine. Used NFC tap-to-pay in my local Walgreens this morning and it worked properly.

  • Wyveryx

    Couldn’t help it…

  • J Dub

    Can you do phone-to-phone payments? Out with your pals and you pick up the tab and then they can pay you via NFC? Would be great for my tech friends that have phones with NFC.

  • Tim Buchanan

    I see that tap-to-pay can be used with a Nexus 10. Would anyone ever really carry their N10 around and use it to pay for stuff?

  • Tim Buchanan

    I was able to get it working on my Verizon HTC One. Haven’t tried tap-to-pay,but everything else seems to be working fine.

  • n11

    Wait, so no Canada Rogers Moto X? : (

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  • Mike

    Not sure why everyone is so butthurt about VZW blocking Google Wallet. Just because they try to block it doesn’t mean you can’t get it. I’ve been using Wallet on my VZW Gnex ever since I got it about a year ago. Too bad the only places that have NFC payments are McDonalds, CVS, and Hess.

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  • John Davids

    A much better (and safer) way to get GW on the gnex (or any VZW phone honestly) is to modify the build.prop entries to trick Google Play into thinking you have the Sprint variant. This way you can get updates from Google Play and you don’t have to worry about sideloading an app that is controlling your bank account. I use this app to modify the build.prop and this forum post helped me with the settings:

    Build Prop Editor by JRummy Apps Inc. (I would link the Play Store, but @ work currently and its blocked, sorry)

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/verizon-galaxy-nexus-rooting-roms-hacks/206901-vzw-lte-google-wallet-build-prop.html

  • enigmaco

    Loaded it on my droid razr hd on verizon and it installed. No nfc function yet, but it’s a different look than when I was using it on a nexus 4