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This morning, Google had a Wallet developer Q&A session on the Google Developers blog, featuring Robin Dua, the product manager for Wallet.

Dua hinted that person to person payments could be headed to Wallet soon, so be on the lookout for that. He also emphasized Wallet's focus on getting small businesses on board with the company's loyalty reward and offer platforms.

More interestingly, when asked in a viewer question why Wallet was only supported on a limited number of carriers, Dua responded that Google was in active negotiations with "a number" of carriers, and that he "hope[d] to have some new partnerships to announce soon." While clearly implying that there is a possibility of failure, the fact that Dua spoke to such negotiations at all is encouraging.

Wallet is currently only compatible with some Sprint and Virgin phones (and of course, the unlocked Galaxy Nexus), and sort-of-kind-of with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

It's certainly good to know Google isn't planning on giving up working things out with wireless providers in the US, as the lack of carrier support has inarguably been Wallet's biggest stumbling point. Still, with Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T all planning to back the ISIS mobile payment system, we aren't getting our hopes too high just yet.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • jimsis

    Google Wallet is only officially supported on the Takju version of the unlocked Galaxy Nexus purchased directly from Google Play. I established this through many contacts with support when my previously working (and used) wallet went bad on my Yakju device following either the Jelly Bean update or the Wallet update to be cloud based.

  • Mark

    You can get the google wallet app from the play store for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

  • TheWhiteLotus

    I was actually the one that asked the transit question! I felt famous.

  • Daniel Petersen

    Still nothing for Europe. I really hope to at least see a rumor soon!

    • http://profiles.google.com/dwreck420 derk p

      nokia is european. maybe they'll hook you up.

  • skitchbeatz

    I listened to the talk and felt like nothing really came from it.

  • http://twitter.com/JirafaBo JirafaBo

    Can someone explain why the phone or carrier has to support Wallet? It works off NFC, so any phone with NFC should support the app. Obviously, I'm missing a key element, but I just don't get it. Google should say "f you" to em all and just release the app in the market and let those who want it, have it.

    • Joshua Carnett

      Because America, and this terrible business of subsidized phones.

    • Freak4Dell

      Unfortunately, carriers can still block the app in the market.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=80202342 Chris Hall

        Oddly enough I can download Wallet on my stock Note on AT&T without issue, it just doesn't work. It isn't listed as incompatible nor was it blocked.

  • fixxmyhead

    come goog get other carriers onboard i freaking wanna use this on my tmo s2

  • David Keith

    eh... I have an HTC EVO 4G LTE so I'm already using it :)

  • John Riley

    Come on Verizon, allow it on the Galaxy S3...

  • Ryan Stewart

    Being on Sprint I really just want to see it in more STORES. Its nowhere I go. Even the places that do partner dont have it in my part of Atlanta. I dont do McDonalds or Foot Locker, which is about the only two places that went full force.

    Home Depot had it but nobody knew how to work it.

    • John O’Connor

      You would be amazed at how many other big chains carry the paypass POS systems but they are not hooked up and nobody knows how to use them or at the very least set them up. POS becomes P.O.S.

      Office Depot employee today: "oh, that thing has never worked, I don't even think it is hooked up to anything."

  • SilverStone641

    It's time for Google to launch their own network and send the rest of the carriers a big efff you. I'm tired of waiting on AT&T to figure out how to rape us on a new feature.