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

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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]

Top Rated Comments

NachoGrande Avatar
96 months ago
meh, they have enough of my data, my bank accounts won't be part of it...
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Plutonius Avatar
96 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.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fhall1 Avatar
96 months ago
So now Google not only knows what I'm searching for - they'll know exactly what I bought.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zhenlek Avatar
96 months ago
Turns out NFC isn't the 'next big thing' afterall lol...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Carlanga Avatar
96 months ago

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


At least I will use touch-id more than NFC.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
phillytim Avatar
96 months ago
Meh. Google's getting desperate. Just as Blackberry is with BBM going multi-platform.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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