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Google Wallet Update Adds Support for Wallet Card, Lets You Add New Cards by Taking Their Picture

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Yesterday, we first spotted signs of the arrival of a physical Google Wallet card, even providing you instructions on how to order you own a few hours before Google made it official. This morning, they pushed out a Google Wallet app update (build 2.0-R141-v14) to support those cards that we all ordered, making it easy to spend your Wallet cash balance in the more traditional sense without your phone or app. The update also makes it easy to add new credit cards by scanning them with your camera. You could argue that this is the best part of the update, as there is nothing more tedious than manually typing in credit card info.

We’d imagine that this update also brings Tap & pay powers to Kit Kat devices, but most of you had that thanks to the Nexus 5 Google Wallet .apk

What’s new:

• Add a credit/debit card just by taking a picture. Both the number and expiration date will be captured automatically
• Use the Google Wallet Card to spend your Wallet Balance at millions of MasterCard® locations or withdraw cash at ATMs
• Minor bug fixes and performance improvements

Play Link

If you aren’t seeing the update yet through Google Play, you can download the .apk here. [mirror]

  • F G

    Hey Google, where is my refund for my Google prepaid card? Did you keep for jet fuel money now that the taxpayers are no longer subsidizing that expense?

  • Paul Hansen

    This update also makes it so that you can use the NFC functionality for tap-to-pay on the Moto X if you have the KIt Kat update. No more need to sideload the version from the nexus 10 for those who care.

  • sk3litor

    This is pretty ridiculous. I thought the whole point of Google wallet was so you don’t have to carry a physical card with you. Ohhh I get it. I bet this is a way for Google to keep track of things you buy so they know what to advertise to you. Too Far Google, too far.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Eric Schmidt said it best.

      “Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

    • Disqus_n00b

      There’s a 2.9% fee and you don’t have to use it bro

  • Stinkyadv

    I was able to update via play store. I have never been able do that with a VZW phone before.

  • Hoser13

    This borked wallet on my LG G2 running Malladus.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I think I can see what your problem is there..

      • Hoser13

        Care to let me in on the joke?

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          That would just take away from the obvious.

          • Hoser13

            Ah, another dickbag. Wonderful.

  • Leeroy Waddermelon

    Ordered mine last night. Ariving in 10-12 days.

    • Tim242

      Why? You have to manually add money to it. It is nothing more than a prepaid debit card

      • DanielMena9

        Now that I look into it, you are right 🙁

        I thought it was going to act like onlycoin.com

        As in i can change cards on the app and have that pay. (less excited now)

        • Justin W

          Hopefully that’s what it changes into, but sadly, for now, it’s just a prepaid debit card that uses your wallet balance. I still got one, bu I imagine I’ll load it once and probably will forget about it until they update it to allow it to charge other cards indirectly.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    This does bring official support for tap & pay for the Moto X.

    • NemaCystX

      Awesome news! Finally, ISIS didn’t even have a chance

      • Paul Hansen


    • Paul Hansen

      Totally scanned over this before i posted my own comment above lol

  • hockeytownmatt

    So if I add cards to Wallet, can the physical google Wallet card pull against those cards? Or is the only benefit to adding a card, that I could use it for electronic transactions without inputting information every time?

    • Jon Drain

      It won’t pull against any of your cards only the balance you have on Google Wallet.

  • Colton

    okay so I’m confused about how the physical card works…someone care to explain/point me somewhere for some details?

  • DanSan

    im very curious if this will break google wallet on my GS4 running CM 10.1.3.

    been using that hack with the xposed module. i know the new version will install just fine but tap to pay might not work.

    • SmokeNMirrors

      I’m wondering the same. Guess I’ll detach Google Wallet from the market and stay on the old version until I know…

      • Tim242

        It will break it.

    • Tim242

      It will break it. Don’t do it.

      • Justin W

        It will break it, don’t update it yet. Wait until you have 4.4 on your device, and then update it. @DanSan

    • Rudy Bistrovich III

      Yeah it looks like as long as you keep your build.properties saying your phone is a gnex the tap & pay feature comes back. If you restore your phone to be a GS4 again it disappears.