10
May
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In an oddly-specific narrative published this morning, AllThingsD reported that sources close to Larry Page and Google Wallet have confirmed that plans for the physical Google Wallet credit card have been cut up, and VP of Wallet Osama Bedier pushed out of the company.

We exclusively reported on the Wallet card last November, when it appeared in a leaked version of the Google Wallet app. You could even initiate the card ordering process, suggesting the project was well on its way to completion. So, we waited. And we waited. And then we waited some more. The Wallet card seemingly went off the radar, and as Ron noted, the "new Google Wallet" sign up page still greets visitors of the Wallet site, like a big "Coming Soon" banner in front of that one restaurant that never seems to actually make progress on those renovations that have been going for like 6 months now.

AllThingsD's sources say that CEO Larry Page wasn't a fan of the idea from the get-go, and after he was given a demo of the card in action last week, glitches in the run-through ensured that those would be the Wallet card's last swipes. Shortly thereafter, rumors of Bedier's ousting emerged, and those rumors were confirmed yesterday by Google. All ThingsD's sources do say that while the project is not officially dead, all plans to launch it have been cancelled, and a previously-scheduled I/O announcement will not happen.

Is the Wallet card really, actually deceased then? Well, my guess would be technically no, because Larry and friends are searching out a replacement Wallet VP, whether internal or external, to make the final call on that decision. Given that Page simply didn't find the idea particularly innovative compared to competing services like Square to begin with, though, it seems all but a given that Bedier's successor won't attempt to blaze the Wallet card trail again. So essentially, yes, you can probably consider this idea dead and buried.

Alas, Google Wallet card, we barely knew you.

AllThingsD does report that Google will be making some Wallet announcements at I/O, by expanding its list of Wallet rewards, offers, and loyalty points partners. Oh great. That's so exciting.

We can only hope that person to person payments, the Wallet balance, and transit cards survived this culling.

AllThingsD

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.

  • http://twitter.com/cabbieBot cabbieBot

    son of a bitch

    • sssgadget

      Google is looking like George Martin of GOT. If you feel/are attached with any of the services, it will be killed soon!

      • ltredbeard

        The card wasn't ever announced. How do you get attached to a service that never was?

      • Babs Oyed

        You must be living in lala land. You mean you were attached to a service that never existed?

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          *Westeros

  • VonLaserface

    As someone that uses a Sqaure card scanner to process a few hundred dollars a month in transactions I'd love to see a competing product from Google that utilizes wallet in some fashion.

  • Havoc70

    Damn ! i sooo wanted to use this, Stupid ass Verizon and its blocking of wallet wouldn't have mattered with this in place. Isis can kiss my Lilly white (_(_)

  • Jon

    I was hoping that it was going to come soon. Since the wallet crew apparently don't find it necessary to make wallet comparable with the Note 2.. pretty sad

    • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

      It isn't Google's job to make apps compatible with hardware that wants to use Google apps. If Samsung wanted Wallet, they should've not cocked up the Note 2's hardware.

      • Simon Liu

        All sprint galaxy devices support wallet. It's up to the carriers mostly. They have the final say in firmware development.

        • John O’Connor

          They still haven't released a proper wallet app for the galaxy note 2 and it does not appear in the play store with an on device search. Last I had seen it there it was still stating that the device does not support it.
          I am aware of rooting and modding to alter the file system and/or place a hacked apk to get it working but for the everyday user this is not an acceptable fix.

  • Eric Jones

    What a shame. I was hoping to integrate all of my cards into one web managed service that worked on my phone if there was an NFC reader available, or worked on ONE smart credit card.

  • youareme7

    it's disappointing that it didn't work well; I was really looking forward to stashing all my credit cards and just being able to carry the wallet card. It seemed to be a great stop gap to fully mobile payment systems and a good backup for places that don't have nfc readers, which right now is most places.

  • John R. Peters Jr.

    I know people that work for Google get to use a Google Wallet card.

  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    I think its good they axed the director. I liked the idea of the card despite not being interested in using it but Wallet has really floundered and no real effort from Google since. No push from Mastercard either.

    A great idea promoted by morons.

  • Disney land

    *Blah blah blah* Visa, *blah blah* MasterCard, *blah* PayPal, Amazon.

  • mesmorino

    Pfft good riddance to bad rubbish.

    Instead of focusing on their core services and making sure they're absolutely bulletproof, they're faffing about with random ideas. Navigation isn't global yet but they're trying to create a payment system. They have about a billion different messaging systems that don't talk to each other but they're releasing a note taking app (you know, because the billions already out there weren't enough). They haven't achieved total platform unity, but they're faffing about releasing android every six months, like it's some kind of race.

    If they would just focus on one thing at at time, or even two things and actually do them well, that wouldn't be such a bad thing. Freaking Gmail wore a beta tag for FIVE years, as if a beta tag is an excuse to release a half assed unfinished product and then fix it on the go.

    Is it any wonder that NO android version manages to reach 50% adoption before the next one is released? It's like google doesn't seem to realise that people use their phones for more than six months at a time, and very often for TWO YEARS at a time.

    Lol the way I rant about Google you'd actually think I didn't like them or something. Oh well

    • Reginald Spence II

      Still points to ponder though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000209056572 Joris Griffioen

      Say what you will but Keep ROCKS!

      I'm not just saying that, I've been struggling with keeping notes for years, thinking Wunderlist and Evernote would be the solution, stopped using both after a week or so because the proces is just too involved. Keep in proper Google style is just simple and works immediately.

      I don't agree with you on Android's release cycle by the way, that is not the problem. The problem is phones can't be updated. They NEED to seperate the manufacturers mods from the core system (perhaps a system like the Xposed framework?!) so everyone can run Sense or whatever and still be on the latest and greatest.

      It's not rocketscience, it's software for christ' s sake.

      • Ray

        I see it every day - people complaining that they don't have the latest Android version and bashing the shit out of Google for it. It's not Google's fault you decided to buy something other then a Nexus device. Google can't push software updates to devices they don't own/control.

        If you want the latest Android version, buy a Nexus device - it's that simple. If you go and buy anything else, what Android version you get is purely up the manufacturer or worse, the carrier!

        So stop bitching about Google not releasing updates for your device - they already have - anyone can download the latest and great android version right now. The manufacturer of your device has just decided not to do anything with that update yet. So go and bitch and complain to them.

  • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

    Waiting for Google to wise up and throw Page out on his worthless, privacy-violating, monopolizing, consumer-hostile ass.

  • Alex Blair

    Tl;dr, but seriously, how hard is it to root your phone and put wallet on it... I did it one day on a whim, took me maybe a couple of hours to get everything up and running. Verizon will fight the FCC and Google and everyone until it goes to the supreme court who won't give a shit and Verizon, ATT and everyone else will be off the hook.

  • John O’Connor

    WHAAAAAT? OK I'm playing the race card on account of Osama being let go.

    Seriously though, I didn't expect Wallet to start getting an across the board ax when it showed so much promise. Maybe big G will just move into the vCurrency world and offer gCoins as a payment method... And before anyone gets uppity about this, similar vCurrencies already exist, think facebook credits and microsoft points.

  • Freak4Dell

    Sad. This could have been what got people actually using Wallet, but now it will just remain obscure. Either ISIS or whatever Apple comes out with when they finally get around to it will be the biggest new payment system.