Isis Mobile Wallet, the mobile payment solution created by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, will launch in its first test markets on October 22, according to sources of ours. As previously announced by Isis, those markets are Salt Lake City, UT and Austin, TX. Isis, as many of you know, is a similar service to Google Wallet, in that it aims to turn your smartphone into a virtual wallet, giving you a place to store credit cards, loyalty cards, and find special offers. Below, we have additional details you may not have heard, but will likely see soon when the service goes live. (more…)
Just now, Google’s teams have pushed out updates for three of their widely used applications - Google Wallet, Play Music, and Google Drive. For the most part, only Wallet and Drive have received new “features” so we’ll go over those. For Wallet users, the app includes new security and battery improvements as well as other fixes that should make the app more stable. Can never argue with that.
Google Drive app users have received the largest additions such as creating new folders, an update to gesture controls, pinch-to-zoom document editors, and lots more. As for Play Music, it’s merely some bug fixes with nothing new being added. Go get your updates!
For months now, if you were using a Galaxy Nexus LTE, there were ways for you to cirumvent Verizon’s ridiculous block on Google Wallet. All it took was either a browser trick, a sideloaded .apk, or a custom ROM with the app built in. It was pretty simple, for the most part.
As of today, it appears as if Verizon and Google have found a new way to block the app from working on your phone, one that kills off most of the previously working workarounds. More than a handful of users tipped us off to a new pop-up (pictured above) that mentions something about the Wallet app no longer being “supported.” It then asks that you tap an “Update” button to get the latest version from the Play Store. Of course, once you tap “Update” and head into the store, you are greeted with a message that says that your device is not compatible.
I can’t imagine that the lovely developer community won’t find a workaround, but for now, you’ll have to sit tight and deal with one of the more frustrating situations we have ever come across in Android. Thanks for keeping it “open!”
Update: Thanks to the wonderful DL community, you can jump right into the comments and get yourself a new and working .apk.
Cheers James, Jon, Craig, Andrew, and Daniel!
Isis, the NFC mobile payment system created by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T, will not launch this summer and has been delayed. The payment system was initially supposed to arrive in testing markets – Salt Lake City and Austin – this month, but because they haven’t checked everything off of their “punch list,” we will have to wait longer.
Their marketing head, Ryan Hughes, said that their focus has been on making sure that when they launch, that they “do it properly and do it right.” He wouldn’t provide a reason for the delay, but did mention that they were not experiencing any major issues.
He also mentioned that he doesn’t believe that Isis will struggle without the new iPhone 5. While that may be true to a point, it certainly would have been much more highly adopted had Apple decided to toss an NFC chip in their newest smartphone.
Additional “market momentum news” is going to come in October. Hopefully we have good news then.
Starting October 17, users of Google Wallet will no longer find a prepaid card option in the Wallet application. Since the successful roll out of debit and credit card usage through Google Wallet, Google sees the prepaid option as unnecessary and users will no longer be able to add funds to the card beginning September 17, one month before the official discontinuation date.
If you have a remaining balance on a Google prepaid card after October 17, you can request a refund here to make sure you receive all of your money back.
Google has set up a separate FAQ for any concerned or curious users that use the service.
Today, Google is hosting a special live Q&A session surrounding Google Wallet. They will talk about the features already found in Google Wallet and also what people can expect from the mobile payments platform down the road. The public is asked to submit their own questions for the Google team to answer during the session as well.
The event goes live at 10AM PST or 1PM EST.
To say that Google Wallet has had a rough beginning would be a bit of an understatement. However, Google is looking to reboot the service and get more people using NFC transactions with their Android devices. A few weeks ago, Google launched a system allowing you to use any card number with Google Wallet, along with a few new APIs for companies to use. Discover has taken advantage of the “Save to Wallet” API and now wants you to add your card and start spending.
The process is as easy as heading to Discover’s website, signing into your Discover and then Google Account and that’s it, your card is added. You can now rack up points by using the card through NFC and Discover was even nice enough to allow Google to use an image of their card on Google Wallet so you can identify which card you are using. Hopefully we will see more companies jumping on the Google Wallet train and making the switch this easy.
Via: Google Commerce
Ready for mobile payment systems to take off and become a major part of your life? If today’s newly formed Mobile Payments Committee can come together and establish policy and develop a business strategy for the industry, you should start to prepare yourselves for them to be. According to a report out of VentureBeat, the four major U.S. carriers – Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T – have joined together, along with Google, Isis, Paypal, Verifone, and Intuit, to create the previously mentioned MPC.
This doesn’t mean for a second that Google Wallet is all of a sudden going to be available on all carriers, but it does mean that key players in the industry are starting to realize that they can’t do this alone. With the help of each other, they can establish business relationships that will drive the mobile payment industry forward, work with policy makers to set up industry standards, and most importantly, teach consumers about the benefits of paying with phones.
I just hope this committee actually does something, unlike the Android Alliance. Mobile payments have been around for far too long to not have become mainstream yet. Let’s do it, MPC.