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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

  • Swauger

    I just sent the app from Play to my HTC One on Verizon. It installed the app just fine but when I went to open it it says “Unfortunately, Google Wallet is not yet available for your device or mobile network” Thanks Verizon, Thank you!

    • Tim242

      Root FTW. I’ve been running GW on my S4 for months!

  • Nick

    Yay finally a working Google Wallet without root……oh wait……not available on Big Red, typical…Everyone else but the biggest carrier can use it for nfc payments but Verizon Customers.

  • S2556

    My device isn’t compatible with this version. Is it because my gs3 is running AOKP? Or some thing to do with being located in Canada?

  • KENMAN

    Installed on Droid Bionic AOKP. works like a champ.

  • Morris

    Says it’s incompatible with my device – Verizon GS3 – and the last updated date is Sept 17th.

  • Chippah

    Zero effs given anymore since the stupid paypass terminals are constantly broken at every store.

  • Guest

    not compatible on vzw gnex – unlocked on aokp.. soo retarded.

    • KENMAN

      Had to install APK from SD Card. Would suggest the same if the Play store is giving fits

      • John Davids

        .

  • desto

    *US Only

  • Steve B

    I’m not fully sure who to blame (Google or Verizon) for NFC not working with Google Wallet (on Verizon), but come December 15th I’m taking one of them out of the equation.

    Hint: It’s not Google.

  • KPunk
  • Cael

    Side loaded onto my Verizon Rezound. Working great so far.

  • Stnkycheezman

    I use my nexus 10 to buy stuff at the store…i dont even have to carry around my wallet anymore

    • Cael

      If you’re carrying a Nexus 10…i don’t see how you have room to carry a wallet…

      • Stnkycheezman

        It’s easy when you don’t really have a nexus 10…I don’t think i’d give up my wallet for something the size of a book/magazine

        just tried to give a funny visual and failed

  • Open1Your1Eyes0
  • Droid Ronin

    Is the only workaround to the carrier blocking is to root + ROM the phone to install Wallet?

    • Cael

      Sideload it onto your phone.

      • Droid Ronin

        Installed on my T-Mobile Moto X, but no “Tap and Pay” message so I’m going to assume that the NFC part won’t work.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    “I’m switching to sprint for wallet support”
    I hope nobody says that.

  • Jason Kahn

    I have the VZW GNEX and I am a little confused I installed the current version of the APP by backing up the APK from my NEXUS 7. NFC works fine, will this new app remove that NFC functionality from the VZW GNEX?

    • Steve B

      Give it a shot. You could always install the old apk.

      • Jason Kahn

        As soon as My NEXUS 7 gets the update I will let everyone know

        • Steve B

          If you want it now: http://www1.datafilehost.com/d/2dfbadaf

          I installed it fine on my GS3, but the tap to pay function is not there.

          • Jason Kahn

            Is that the backup from your GS3, or a Nexus 7?

          • Steve B

            It’s a backup from someone else’s phone.

          • Jason Kahn

            Downloaded it from DL’s updated link, Tap and Pay works. I’m on a bone stock Verizon Galaxy Nexus

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    So stupid that verizon models of supported NFC phones, don’t get to use NFC tap to pay.. They are the same damn phone!!! The only technical barrier is Verizon being a lil’ be eye tee sea H about it.

  • Sean Kirkpatrick

    Just got the update. Its really really nice. I have a Verizon S4 and yeah there is no tap to pay but sending money is a nice feature.

    • Lou M

      I have a VZW S4 and once installed and opened I get the message “Unfortunately not available for device or network”

      Just like before, thanks Verizon. I’m done with you in a year.

      • Cael

        Works on my Verizon Rezound

  • dazz1996

    I just got the update and it looks like google keep with the slide from the side list and google now card look

  • Daniel Russell

    I finally have a phone that has NFC. I obviously wanted Google Wallet but realized ISIS was the only possibility on my Droid Maxx. Fine I said, I’ll just use that. Then ISIS wouldn’t let me register after 3 failed attempts even though when I clicked on their list of compatible devices the Droid Maxx was one of the first on the list. I’m now rooted and can’t use ISIS anymore anyways. Screw you Verizon. Thanks for putting out a freaking terrible app and restricting an app that could have been useful..

    • aQuickBit

      That’s the real kicker behind a lot of this. You try to use one app, they block the features of it, so you go and try to use their official app…to which they STILL won’t let you use it. It makes no sense whatsoever.

  • Garrett Kramer

    Doesn’t work on Razr HD Maxx. Can’t even install it.

    • Cael

      Sideload it.

  • Guest

    Doesn’t work on the S4 running Slimbean Build 1. Its a Android 4.3 rom.

  • Shamo316

    i just finished installing it on my Verizon Droid maxx !!! yeeeaaaaa

    • Steve B

      Can you link the apk?

      • Shamo316
        • Steve B

          You sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.

          • Shamo316

            yup should be easy for xda to do that now

          • Steve B

            I’ll be on the lookout. Let me/us know if you see anything.

  • Jake

    I was able to back up the Google Wallet apk from my 2012 Nexus 7 and side-load it onto my rooted Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Each time the app was updated I went through that process. NFC payments work on the VZW GNex, even though the message “Unsupported device” appears at the top of the app (this happens with all rooted devices). I’m wondering if this new update will now make it so that NFC payments will no longer work. If so, refusing to update will be futile, because in the past they’ve made it so that older versions of the app stop working after a while.

    • Jason Kahn

      I have not yet gotten the update on my Nexus 7 yet, I will back up the new version once I get it and try it out.

  • Xious

    It’s stupid that the Moto X is supposed to be the same across all networks yet the Verizon and AT&T versions will not be compatible. I just don’t understand how the networks can get away with limiting what you can do on your own device. This has absolutely no effect on their network, so how can they be allowed to block that kind of thing?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      It has an affect on their own mobile payment system though…ummm…no wait…SECURITY!! Yes, this absolutely affect their ability to secure their network. No question about it!

      • Xious

        Exactly! Didn’t Microsoft get in trouble because it wouldn’t allow any browser other than IE to be default? I don’t really see how this situation is any different.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          There is a huge difference. Verizon et. al. do not own the hardware or software. It is technically at the OEM’s discretion to enable the secure NFC protocol within the hardware that allows for the tap-and-pay GWallet functionality. While the carrier obviously has indirect control (i.e. they won’t carry any device that is GWallet-ready), it is ultimately the OEM’s decision. It is a terrible policy, but it is not illegal.

  • Scott Webber

    Is the FCC looking into Verizon and their anti-competitive stance against Google Wallet?

    • Zach B.

      That’s a good question. I think the answer is a giant multifaceted mess of politics and greed and VZW’s (hilariously awful) attempt at controlling the ecosystems on it’s devices.

      My guess is that when the day comes when mobile payments become more common, it will certainly come under more scrutiny.

      • rabidhunter

        Hilariously aweful is right. They can’t even get it right, as Isis only works with Chase and Amex. No support for all Visa/MC, etc… If you’re going to do something like that, at least make it useful.

        • michael arazan

          Hallelujah, Hallelujah , FREE AT LAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jeff Tycz
    • Brian Wolfman

      Typical verizon…i remember when GPS was “new” and they blocked it on their phones (WinMo phones) to have full control. Same stuff…

      • cwillen

        Yea… and that worked out amazing for them. Look at all the people using “Verizon Navigator” to get from place to place.

        • rabidhunter

          Wait, what’s Verizon Navigator… Oh yeah, I think I remember disabling that app. Instead choosing to use Google….

    • jak_341

      The FCC is fighting for its very existence right now in the Verizon ‘net neutrality’ case. Doubt Google Wallet is high on the priority list.

    • 1bad69z28

      The FCC should be looking into the ISIS payment platform as far all three mobile Telecoms blocking the likes of Google or other eCommerce companies wanting to jump into the mobile market.

      Controlling their respective ecosystems and/or limiting/blocking the choice of it’s customer base to choose other forms of payment is monopolizing an industry that crosses into eCommerce. This will be looked at heavily as other eCommerce platforms start to enter into the mobile space.

      Remember the big three spent hundreds of millions of dollars on ISIS. Building this type of eCommerce platform not only cost money but the supporting element is another entity that has to be built and ties heavily into the banking community.

      • rabidhunter

        All I can say is that I wouldn’t mind using Isis if it wasn’t limited only to two banks/cards. If it allowed even all Visa/Mastercard, that would be a huge improvement.

    • Timothy Anderson

      Really good point. I think it is anti competitive behavior, a collusion among the carriers that should be deemed illegal. The FCC was created to protect the public from this sort of thing. They should be fined so they think twice about ever doing it again.

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    The time on the clock in the photo is 4:20. Nice.

  • Hunter

    Verizon Gnex?

    • onDroid

      The supported device list specifically calls out the Sprint and GSM Galaxy Nexus with no mention of the Verizon variant so I’m going to say no.

      • NexusPhan69

        That’s the old support list for the existing Google Wallet app. It’s possible it could change with this new app. Not likely, but possible.

        • onDroid

          Good point, but we both know that won’t happen.

          • NexusPhan69

            The damn app is not even out yet. It will 100% be available for the Verizon Gnex. It just won’t be able to utilize NFC.

          • JPB

            …..which is 99% of the function I want from this app.

          • NexusPhan69

            Then you’re not using it right. I use the webapp all the time because the app from the play store (currently) only supports payment via NFC.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          That list also includes the Moto X, so it is no more than weeks out of date.

          • nicholas cusmina

            JSYK MOTO X is not supported on VZ I just tried it…

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            The list linked in the article specifically states the Moto X on Sprint and US Cellular, but thanks for the confirmation!

          • Blue Sun

            Staged roll outs. You need to wait a few days.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            I believe he was referring to the NFC payments, which are not supported on the Verizon Moto X.

          • GoBlue

            Only supported devices for Moto X are for Sprint and US Cellular

    • SewWhat

      Nope.. just tried.. can’t install from the online play store nor shows up when you search for it in the on device play store.

      • onDroid

        That’s because it hasn’t been released yet.

        “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”

        • SewWhat

          ok…???… one would anticipate/expect that if they have provided the accompanying link to the play store. That it is available for download and install. Or do you live your life to the absolute of every word you read without delving between the lines?

          assshat..

  • NoUsernamesFree

    US-only though…yay.

  • mh

    Not available on my SGS3 on Verizon :(

    • Jeff Tycz

      pay attention, its not even out yet

    • NexusPhan69

      It will be available **when it’s actually released** but won’t support NFC.

  • B. Womack

    I’m looking forward to testing the usefulness of the update. Previously, I used a number of apps to complete functions like NFC Payments, Loyalty Cards, and sending money. Maybe this updated Google wallet will replace those apps.

  • Joshua Patrick

    Xposed Frame work fix for the NFC portion? Who will be the first to complete the module? This makes me super excited!!!

    • Steve B

      God I hope so.

    • JPB

      Go to xda-developers.com

      Refresh
      Refresh
      Refresh

      (still not there, damn it!)
      Refresh….

      Yeah, I’m anxiously waiting for this too.

  • Josh

    I wonder how long it would take for the Moto X on VZW to be “fixed” to use the tap-to-pay functionality?

    • CJBinATX

      It won’t. Verizon wants you to use Isis.

  • Adam Crawford

    This will be a LOT easier to get NFC running through mods

  • thedonxr

    Suck it Verizon with your Diego mustache and greasy hair!

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    Oh man, this makes me happier than Michael Jackson at Chuck-E-Cheese’s.

    • Eric

      FAIL

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        Just wanted to see how many downvotes that comment would muster.

        • Gato Mafioso

          Seems like it did the job quite well. lol

    • Daistaar

      I feel like I just heard Peter Griffin and am waiting for the cut-away gag…

  • Jeff Creemer

    Isis is already starting to lose what usability it had. They ended the pre-paid card that came with it, and Capital One is ending their pilot program. The only leaves two major credit cards that you can use with it. No debit cards.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Got that Capitol One email as well. Isis seems to be a complete failure at this point. It is still slated for a nationwide release later this year, but with no debit ability or major credit card access, there is no reason to use it.

      • RaptorOO7

        What is ISIS next move, carrier billing for charges with interest charges as well or a per transaction fee.

  • Redsun

    paypal is working fine, thanks. if you can’t use your weight to force vzw to utilize the NFC chip, I don’t need you.

    • David Narada Brown

      if you cant work around verizon’s block out, sorry for u! Im on verizon and ive used it several times.

      • Redsun

        I appreciate that you can work around it, as have I, but the point isn’t to pay outright for devices and services and then have to jump through hoops to get them to do what you want, is it? I mean, this is Android, not iPhone.

        • Frettfreak

          if you dont need google then get an iphone man. Google didnt pick your carrier, you did. Not their fault you chose to dance with the devil. its your CHOICE to be on that carrier, no one forced you there or forced you to buy the phone you have.

          • Redsun

            Ha ha, actually my location dictated my carrier. In rural areas, Vzw is pretty much the only choice. Didn’t say no to google, just no to their service that duplicates Paypal since they’re not utilizing hardware.

          • Frettfreak

            then by your definition, gmail “duplicates” yahoo and hotmail, why not use those? Within 6 months i bet you will change you tune and be using wallet… just wait.

          • Redsun

            Perhaps if they create a mobile OS I shall. Now I’m starting to understand why iOS users see Android fans as so rabid.

        • David Narada Brown

          Android isnt stopping u, Its verizon! And Googles answer to that was to release this new app that didnt need the secure element that NFC does. But for some reason your still unhappy!

          • Frettfreak

            Exactly.

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 Mr Frodo24

    So where can I use the NFC purchasing capabilities? I have not seen anything like that in any stores yet.

    • bagheadinc

      Anywhere you see the MasterCard PayPass logo. You can locate areas near you on the PayPass site. http://www.mastercard.us/cardholder-services/paypass-locator.html

    • David Narada Brown

      footlocker, mcdonalds there are a few places these may be the most popular. some convenience stores but im not sure which ones.

    • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

      McDonalds, BP Gas, many 7-Elevens, Walgreens/CSV…

      • JPB

        Sports Authority, Macy’s….

        • https://plus.google.com/117125023630262605212 Kelly

          Wawa

    • Antonio

      Forgot my wallet this morning but used Wallet on my gnex at Jamba Juice. I’m probably going to have to go to a Jack in the Box or McDonalds for lunch…yuck.

    • palomosan

      Pretty much all over the place, where do you live?

    • Steve B

      In my area it’s pretty rare now if a store DOESN’T have paypass.

  • The_16th_Doctor

    i actually like wallet. i would use the nfc to pay when i can, even though my wallet was in my hand.

  • enigmaco

    I know I will be screwed anyways on the verizon network, since verizon doesn’t play nice with anyone. Miss having the NFC feature usable. I have no faith in ISIS

  • Spinkick

    oh cool a paypal app. No nfc no care.

    • NexusPhan69

      Google wallet in infinitely better than the PayPal app.

      • Spinkick

        how? How is it useful without nfc?

        • NexusPhan69

          It has NFC. And everyone that has a gmail already has it. No need to create a separate PayPal account.

          • Spinkick

            only if you are on the approve list of phones and carriers. which is barely anyone. otherwise its just a glorified paypal app. and more people actually think paypal when dealing with money than google wallet.

          • NexusPhan69

            I used PayPal extensively for years and switched to Google Wallet within the last month. I will never go back. Google wallet is simpler, faster and easier. Even when it was (still is) only a web app.

        • JPB

          For one thing, using it with 2 factor authentication from your mobile isn’t broken.

  • Zach B.
    • Redsun

      this reaction was all-time.

    • NeilGeorge

      Who is she????

      • Zach B.

        Jennifer Lawrence. Actress in Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, X-Men First Class and others.

        • Daistaar

          Thanks. I could not recognize her there at all! Maybe it was the angle.

          • Steven Ballmer

            Jennifer Lawrence is recognizable at all angles.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Maybe it was the Breasts.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            She is one of the breast actresses out there right now.

          • Daistaar

            She looks flat and saggy in that clip. Maybe that’s why?.. LOL

      • Eric

        /s?

      • slider112

        Yummy.

    • Sirx

      Oddly, it’s everyone ELSE’S reactions that make this picture awesome X-D What exactly was going on?!

      • CHRIS42060

        I am pretty sure the guy directly behind Jennifer Lawrence had a gas problem because the woman in the purple just looks at him surprised/concerned and the black lady moves her eyes toward him in a “did he just do that?” fashion.

  • htowngtr

    Still showing no compatibility with my devices.

    • Jeff Tycz

      its not even out yet genius, read the article

      • enigmaco

        chill man geez

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Lol.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    QUESTION IS…why wasn’t this done this way from the start???? Soon the carriers will be trying shove ISIS down our throats

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      Because that’s not how Google does things. Everything Google does starts off as a small thing and gets bigger and more stable over time.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        We need to stop making excuses for Google. Making Wallet available to all users should have been top priority. They were first in the space now they’ll have competition breathing down their neck. I see so man Google Wallet Kiosks going unused it’s crazy

        • Frettfreak

          its not excuses, its just the way google has ALWAYS done things. Always. Do you remember when gmail started? it was invite only. Now look at where it is.

          Pretty sure they got a handle on their business model and how to do things. They are one of the most powerful companies in tech.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            People are quick to point out Gmail but never point out all the other faield products by Google. We know and love android and gmail because they “Made it” . . . there is also another list… I’ll start with BUZZ…and Wave, ORkut.

            All I’m saying is that Wallet could easily end up in the second pile because they were not aggressive enough with it

          • Frettfreak

            I can agree with that. And it should be more prolific at this point. But all the functionality that was in wave is now in Google docs, and the same can be said for buzz and Orkut in Google plus… Moral of the story,… EVENTUALLY google will get it right! Lol

          • SparkysShocker

            Buzz turned into G+, and
            Wave has elements in G+ and G Drive
            Orkut is still around but I could see it being rolled over to G+

            Edit: should always read the full comment thread before posting -_-

          • Daistaar

            Still, Pinocchio is right. Tech Giants have a duty to get behind products if they want them to become standard kind of how Apple did with Flash media, Sony with Blu Ray and various others. Google had the opportunity to make NFC and Wallet an industry standard and is trickling it out. What will happen is Apple will eventually adopt NFC and it will become widely adopted and they will be credited with establishing the infrastructure for it. No reason for a 2 year old device to have NFC and still not be able to utilize it.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    BOOM!

  • Ben Johnson

    Finally!

  • Qbancelli

    So Google is not giving up on Wallet as we were led to believe. Great!

  • Greg Buxton

    So this means once it’s released I won’t be able to use NFC for payments any more? Currently I can, so long as I side-load the APK; however if this new update is hard-coding in the “approved” devices to use NFC, then that sucks.

    • NexusPhan69

      I disagree. I think it will be a lot easier now that everyone can install the wallet app. Just have to find a way to trick the app into thinking you have an approved device. I’m no developer, but I think this would be easier than having to develop a separate wallet.apk for each phone out there.

    • CJBinATX

      This is my worry too. I don’t want a version that will make my rooted phone unusable for NFC purchases.

    • Sean Prunka

      That’s what I’m worried about too. I use Wallet all the time, 7-11 and McDonald’s mostly, but it’s so convenient.

  • Adam Truelove

    I’m guessing most, if not all, features will be not functional on Verizon, if the app is allowed to be installed at all.

    • mjsalinger

      I’m pretty sure everything except tap-to-pay will be available on vzw.

      • ddevito

        that takes away from the usefulness of Google Wallet to begin with

        • amandaraee

          I would like to get your opinion on which phone would be better to get the galaxy s4 or the galaxy s4 active, iv heard so many diffrent things about them..

      • PSU_DI

        The new app still shows as unavailable on the VZW Galaxy Nexus, so I doubt that it’ll be available on any VZW phone.

        • Blue Sun

          Looks like you forgot about staged roll outs.

        • Tim Buchanan

          I just downloaded it on my VZW HTC One. Haven’t tried tap-to-pay yet (and probably won’t, as I’m sure it will fail and leave me looking stupid).

        • Tom

          Just downloaded it on S3/VZW. No tap-to-pay. Suk it VZW!

    • npompei

      Coming to Verizon 2024 after they try and figure out how to use their own BS ‘wallet’ app instead of this new Google Wallet. God forbid…

    • d-rock

      AT&T Blocks Google Wallet Too…In fact, they do their best to ensure the hardware is removed (secure element) so that it can’t even be hacked to work. I think the S4 will work, but I know the ONE has no secure element on AT&T. The GE ONE has the same issue b/c it’s the AT&T phone rebranded….complete BS.

      • JRomeo

        my brother uses his Nexus4 on AT&T and Google Wallet works perfectly.

        • Adrynalyne

          He was referring to ATT carrier sold devices, not outside devices activated on ATT. They don’t control those.

        • d-rock

          What Adrynalyne said…..I’ve used a N4 on AT&T for Google Wallet too. Actually Google Wallet doesn’t need a network connection to work at all, so VZ can’t ‘BLOCK’ it on their network. The problem is they control the software on those phones, so they can disable it from a software perspective. So GSM is an advantage you have with AT&T.

      • glimmerman76

        HTC said they did not include a secure element on the gsm one and that is all of them not just on ATT the one in the play store does not have it. The CDMA version on sprint has it. It would be interesting if the verizon version had SE.

    • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

      Looks like AT&T blocks it also. Sucks for sure.