The end is near, Google Wallet Card owners. According to code buried in the latest version of the Google Wallet app, Google plans to end support for the physical Google Wallet Card on June 30. That’s a bit unfortunate for the six of you still using it, but I can’t imagine the card was much of a success and probably isn’t worth the hassle for Google.
Not familiar with the physical Wallet card? It was introduced back in November 2013 as a way for you to pay for things using your Google Wallet balance. It wasn’t like Coin or any of the other 1-card-to-rule-them-all credit card types, but more like a PayPal card that paid with whatever cash you had pushed into your Google Wallet account.
At one time, it was great for pushing all of your VISA gift cards to, because it let you clean out those $1.16 balances and put them to card that was much easier to use. I could see it also being of use for families who want to give kids spending money without access to a full-blown debit or credit card. In the end, though, it never did seem to gain much traction.
As for its supposed end, here is a portion of what was found in the latest Wallet app:
“As of June 30, Google Wallet will no longer support the Wallet Card. You’ll still be able to use Google Wallet to send and receive money and we’re working to make those features better than ever. If you have money in your Wallet Balance, you can keep it in Wallet or cash out anytime.”
There are also notes that mention users being able to add money until May 1 or cashing out at any time. But again, come June 30, the card will stop working.