Google Drops NFC Requirement for Google Wallet, iOS App Now Available

Google today launched its Google Wallet payments app for iOS, allowing users to send money via email, store credit and debit cards, keep track of loyalty programs, and more.

Apple has steadfastly refused to adopt NFC and because it has fallen out of popularity, Google recently ceased requiring NFC technology in order to utilize the app on Android, shifting its focus from mobile payments to focus on loyalty cards, merchant offers, and discounts.

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With the new format, an app was able to be created for iOS, but because iOS devices do not support NFC, Google Wallet does not include the tap-to-pay functionality of the Android app.
- Send money to any friend in the US with an email address.
- Easily add all of your loyalty cards, offers, and more to Google Wallet and redeem in stores.
- Your PIN keeps Google Wallet more secure, and if you lose your phone you can remotely disable the app at wallet.google.com/manage.
- The Google Wallet app uses your location to show you nearby offers and more. If you would like to turn this feature off, please go to your device’s Privacy settings and turn off Location Services.
Google Wallet can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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16 months ago
meh, they have enough of my data, my bank accounts won't be part of it...
Rating: 10 Votes
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16 months ago

Meh. Google's getting desperate. Just as Blackberry is with BBM going multi-platform.


Google goes anywhere it can make a profit.

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why would i need to send money to other people via google wallet?


Send some to me to see how well it works :D.
Rating: 6 Votes
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16 months ago
So now Google not only knows what I'm searching for - they'll know exactly what I bought.
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16 months ago
Meh. Google's getting desperate. Just as Blackberry is with BBM going multi-platform.
Rating: 4 Votes
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16 months ago

Exactly. I'd say a fingerprint sensor is a necessity though ;)


At least I will use touch-id more than NFC.
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16 months ago
Turns out NFC isn't the 'next big thing' afterall lol...
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16 months ago
I'm happy about this mainly because I want a solid alternative to PayPal.
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16 months ago

Meh. Google's getting desperate. Just as Blackberry is with BBM going multi-platform.


Multi-platform != desperation, rather, it will likely lead to wider adoption if it proves useful.
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16 months ago

Google goes anywhere it can make a profit.[COLOR="#808080"]


Don't all companies go anywhere they can see themselves making a profit?
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16 months ago
Haha - Apple's resistant yet to another thing has made it "un-famous" - This is great:

So far Apple has proven that in 2013:
- We don't need NFC - as we can do just fine without it
- We don't need Quad-Core processors that fill spec sheets for our mobile phones in order to have the best experience
- We don't need 2-3GB of RAM on our smartphones, we can do just fine with 1GB all while having the best experience
- We don't need any of Samsung's "Innovations" such as that fly over finger tech, eye gesture? - as those features are jus gimmicks and nothing more.
- We don't need LTE-A as its "rarely" available, it makes sense, I think apple would much rather perfect their iPhone that supports LTE-A than just release one without testing it well enough - much like what Samsung does.


One thing I think they should have included is/was AC-WiFi Support - however with the readily available WiFi networks all over - the need isn't exactly there and its more of a "want"

This is great, I love how apple always sticks by what works rather than always jumping ship at any and every chance they get, we can clearly see apple spends the time to perfect before moving on.
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