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Google Wallet got off to a rough start. Carriers didn't want to support it for various reasons, it only worked on certain devices ... it was really just a big mess. As time passed, it didn't get much better, either. Today, however, Google is looking to change everything when it comes to Wallet. It's rolling out v2.0 of the app that brings a slew of new features, as well as making it available for basically all Android phones running Gingerbread (2.3) and higher.

png_base64a1da3fdfb80280cfWith the new app, you'll be able to send money to other Wallet users in the US, a feature which is free to use with a bank account. However, there are small fees associated with sending money using credit or debit cards.

Past that, you'll now be able to store all your loyalty cards within Wallet – simply scan the barcode and type the number, and you're done. Now you'll have all the cards you'll need when you need them. The updated app will also show you local offers, as well as track all of your purchase activities in one place when you pay by using the app.

The app update will be rolling out through the Play Store "this week" in the US.

The status of NFC payments has not changed. You still need a supported phone to use NFC payments even with the new Wallet app. The primary different (aside from the new features) is that it's now available on all 2.3+ phones. With that said, support for the phones doesn't equate to support for NFC payments.

Update x2: It turns out that not only is the apk rollout staged through Google Play, but activation is also staged on the server side. As a result, some users who download the app and sideload it will get an error until the rollout is at 100%. This won't affect all users, so just be aware that this issue could arise and the app will work as it should once the rollout has been completed. The server side rollout is finished, so the app should work for everyone now.

Update: Here's the APK for those who don't want to wait (read: everyone). Enjoy! Thanks, Scott!

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • ThomasMoneyhon

    apk?

    • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

      The app update will be rolling out through the Play Store "this week" in the US.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Up now.

      • NuLLnVoiD

        The link takes you to mediafire but when attempting to download the site just hangs (phone and PC).

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I'll update with another source.

  • ⚽Edgar Michel⚽

    Finally! I have been waiting for this for a long time.

  • Ryan Steddy

    When I read "any carrier" you got my hopes up. US only still :-(

    • bungadudu

      Same here. I thought that it will be available worldwide at last.

      You should change the title to spare those other peasants from Europe (google treats is this way) from this kind of emotions. ..

      • n0th1ng_r3al

        You guys still blow our carriers away with the cheap cellular/internet plans. I think that;s a fair tradeoff.

        • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

          Well, South America have US carrier quality + EU "don't careness".

          • nejai

            Well, to be fair, plans are not that steep like in the US and additional charges like receiving calls, tethering dont exists, I´m pretty confortable with my plan : 500+ voice minutes, unlimited data plan (tether included) for 50 USD/month (still not as good as Europe´s thought)

  • Taffer

    You didn't say anything about nfc payments. Can I use Wallet on devices from Verizon (etc) with NFC? Is NFC tap-to-pay still there? I use it all the time.

    • Inimical

      VZ doensn't allow Google Wallet

      • Taffer

        I've used it on every VZW phone I've had. You just have mess around a bit to get it working. That's why I'm wondering if this means something happened that ? Article doesn't talk about NFC at all. "...as well as making it available for basically all Android phones running Gingerbread (2.3) and higher."

        • Justin W

          Based on Droid-Life's article, NFC will only work on approved devices (not sure where the list is, but it's something around 29 devices).

          • Nick Saulino
          • Justin W

            Wow... Sprint's HTC One made it on the list, but they can't be bothered to support the unlocked version? Someone needs to get their priorities in line.

          • Chad Vincent

            Apparently the Sprint hardware has the secure element.

            The unlocked/T-Mobile/AT&T hardware doesn't have the secure element built-in, but it can be added via special SIM (for ISIS only...).

          • TheKaz1969

            so... based on this list, because I have an NFC devices on Verizon, I am screwed... well, at least in terms of loading it through the playstore...

          • therealciviczc

            So to clarify and make sure I understand. Currently on verizon, you can download the apk somewhere and get NFC payments to work. Now you can download the app legitimately, but the NFC features won't work? Its actually getting worse!

          • Justin W

            Since the app now works on those devices without build.prop edits, I am willing to bet XPosed Framework will be rolling out some kind of update that will allow tap-to-pay payments to work. If not them, then someone else (the mod devs for Wallet are very good at what they do, and this should help them make it more accessible).

  • TSON1

    OH MY GOD

  • ddd

    doesnt work on all carriers.. still blocked on verizon

    • http://twitter.com/erikbates Erik Bates

      Did you get the update?

    • Spasillium

      Because the app wasn't updated yet. Read man.

  • Oletros

    When will tech sites learn that there is a really big world outside Uinted States?

    No, Google Wallet app does not "Supports All Android Phones Across Any Carrier"

    • n0th1ng_r3al

      I kinda knew it was a US only thing, since Wallet wasn't available outside of the US to begin with, was it?

    • Jake

      When will people from outside the US stop complaining that a site based in the US is written from the perspective of US residents?

      • Jake

        It's like when Americans visit another country and complain that the folks there don't speak English.

        • Justin W

          Wait, so it's like when those from Mexico visit (or emmigrate to) the US and don't speak English, and we complain about them not being able to speak English? I'm so confused now.

          AP is a US-based site that covers a ton (or tonne if you please) of not-related-to-the-US news. Just because they aren't able to always cater to your region doesn't mean you have to be a dick about it.

        • sweenish

          It's actually the opposite of that.

        • ari_free

          Yeah I do that all the time while I'm in the UK. They can't even spell 'color' correctly.

        • javo

          These are binary codes not rosseta stone it would be easy for Google to do this with all the tech support that they have

      • antifud

        they shouldn't. This is completely backwards. The world is bigger than the US, and hopefully people in the US start to realize that instead of defend the US-centric view.

      • Maxime Henrion

        Hello, this is the Internet. There is absolutely no reason for a website physically based in the US to restrict its views to being US centric. And in fact, AP does a very good job at that usually. Besides, people are not complaining about the website in general, but about this particular headline which was slightly misleading.

        • kay

          Hello, this is the Internet. If you don't like the content on a site there are plenty more available that can cater to your needs.

    • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

      When will the world outside of the US start and run successful blogs with a focus on their relevant data? Or when will the world outside of the US quit relying on US based blogs and pay more attention to local stuff?

      • Smithson123

        'Merka F' YA!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      "When will tech sites learn that there is a really big world outside Uinted States?"

      Do you have any friggin' clue how much Android Police goes out of its way to cater to international audiences. Here's one of like a million similar posts where AP talks about Google Maps coming to dang Malaysia and Ethiopia: http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/07/10/google-maps-navigation-expands-into-new-countries-including-dominican-republic-indonesia-philippines-and-a-ton-more/

      The fact that you made an assumption based on a headline without bothering to read does not magically make all that effort go away. You know there is a finite amount of space in headlines, right? That's what the rest of the article is for.

      Stop being a dick to people who are providing a free service to you because you can't be bothered to read more than two sentences.

      • Maxime Henrion

        You're the one being a dick here... Oletros made a valuable remark and did it in a non-antagonizing way, unlike you. The fact that AP staff actually updated the headline to mention that this is a US-only news goes to show it was a useful addition. Yes, AP has an awesome non-US coverage in general, but saying "supports all android phones across any carrier" was clearly misleading in that case, and they fixed it. It was an entirely understandable mistake, and pointing it out is not being insulting towards AP, nor is it saying anything about AP's quality in general.

    • ari_free

      "When will tech sites learn that there is a really big world outside United States?"

      http://cower.me/facebook-timeline-covers/191-i-want-to-believe-x-files.jpg

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      To be fair, even Google's own post was titled "A new Google Wallet app for all Android phones."

      http://googlecommerce.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-new-google-wallet-app-for-all-android.html

      But I happen to agree with you, which is why the title has been tweaked.

    • Fatty Bunter

      Think of us as the beta testers.

      • mrjayviper

        I wanna beta test too but unavailable in my country! :/

  • JPB

    Does this still support NFC?

    • jm9843

      Read the "Google Commerce Blog" source link.

      • JPB

        Took some clicking but alas, the answer is no. At least not until the fine folks at XDA come out with the xposed fix for this version.

  • Notch Brick

    Blocked on Att HTC One

    • Justin W

      Not updated yet - once it's updated, you'll be able to access it.

  • andQlimax

    The title should be "Google introduces the new wallet app in ONE country"

    • Duckie1217

      In THE country.

    • ari_free

      Don't forget the cities. Not everything revolves around you cowboys on the wide open plains.

      • burbboy

        And dont forget the suburbs lol

  • Joey Gauthier

    I just installed it on my Galaxy S4 (T-Mobile) and got the same old message stating it isn't available on my phone or carrier yet. Boo!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Rolling. Out. This. Week.

      • Justin W

        Can you sticky a comment? Make yours top and in bold/caps/72 point and maybe people will understand it's not available yet.

      • Joey Gauthier

        Just came back and saw that. Big "duh" on my part!

  • http://brandonbrown.io/ Brandon Brown

    Can't wait for Canada :)

  • GreatNews

    does the word "Any Carrier" mean also Verizon or they have to stand out different from all others???

    • JasonIvers

      I followed the link and can't install it for my Verizon Galaxy Nexus *shrug*

  • Skizzlizzit

    Does not work with "All Android Phones"!

    • Ricardo

      they said.. "new features, as well as making it available for basically all Android phones running Gingerbread (2.3) and higher."

  • GreatNews

    Whats this all about????? on my Verizon S4!!!! does this mean that its still not updated??? i just downloaded from the play store

    • Aaron Jaeger

      You don't have the right version. The action bar in the new version is not black.

  • Junjie

    still not available for AT&T GSIII when I try to install from Google Play ver 1.6-R96-v16 updated on Sep 17, 2013. seems the phrase "basically all Android phones running Gingerbread (2.3) and higher" is only for non-NFC devices.

    • TSON1

      It hasn't even started to roll out yet. I have no idea why everyone is diving for the play store, you're not going to be able to get the new app..

      • Junjie

        well the article didn't state which version it was that's why I included in my post the version i see in the play store updated today hoping that someone who knows may confirm that it is correct. i also checked the google wallet website FAQ and it seems tap to pay is still for "select NFC devices" which still excludes AT&T GSIII

        • Justin W

          The play store will show you the last updated day (when the original APK was uploaded to Play), but not if you have access to download the latest update yet. Once you are able to update it, you should see permissions request/approval of update or whatever (since I'm guessing this big of an update will require more permissions).

    • Daveon Jackson

      Newest Version is 2.0 not 1.6

      • Junjie

        thanks for the info. will wait for it then

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    The new app does not support NFC payments on any more devices than it did a month ago. This is literally just Wallet with person to person payments and loyalty cards added, aka lame-ass consolation prizes to get another Google app on your phone, and one that you'll probably never use.

    Wallet is still a colossal failure, and will still be a colossal failure after this update. Kind of makes it look like Google's giving up on the POS payments side of things.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Jeez. Harsh, are we?

      A loyalty cards app is considerably more useful than a barely-supported NFC payment app. Depending on how it works, that alone could make Wallet worth paying attention to. I get not everyone uses rewards cards at stores, but if you do, this could be very beneficial.

      Maybe let the APK roll out before we claim that it's literally worse than Hitler?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        Because there are absolutely no established 3rd party loyalty card solutions out there. At all. Why does it matter if it's rolled out? We know what it does.

        By the way, this comes after Google explicitly nuked gift card support on Wallet: http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/09/google-drops-loyalty-gift-card-nfc-use/

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          "Why does it matter if it's rolled out? We know what it does." Well then. I'm never downloading an app to try it out ever again.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          By the way: "there are absolutely no established 3rd party loyalty card solutions out there." Don't know what the heck this means, nor do I need to. Just added three different movie theater loyalty cards to my phone and freed up a bunch of space in my wallet.

          Gosh I wish I were Anne Frank right now. She had it so much better because she didn't have to use this app.

        • ltredbeard

          Wasn't someone at AP complaining about the lack of functionality of Google Wallet a few months ago? I remember the need to add 3rd Party Loyalty Card support being one of their points.

      • woj_tek

        from my point of view - most people I see tend to more often pay with paypass than use royalty cards, but hey - where I'm from you can't have credit/debit card without nfc (paypass/paywave) and you can use it in almost all places you can pay with the card... this what annoys me most when it comes to US-limited usage of wallet NFC payments... this would be freking awesome to use phone to pay!

        • Justin W

          I loved doing it with my Nexus 4. I picked up the unlocked HTC One and haven't been able to since, which drives me nuts - I'd much rather carry around my phone since it's already going everywhere with me than carry around a wallet with only my ID and a couple of debit/credit cards.

        • Willie D

          Are you in Japan or something, cause my understanding is that they pay a variety of ways via phone. From QR Code to text messaging a vending machine, to barcode on the screen (not the QR method), to NFC.

          When I first got an NFC device, my friend flipped out when I went to a vending machine in a mall here in California and got us drinks. "How did you do that with your phone!?" and everyone around us came to watch me do it yet again for another drink I didnt want, JUST to show it off and say, "Its pretty typical in Japan, but only a few devices do that here" to have everyone say, "WHAT PHONE IS THAT!?" and me smugly smile, "Google Nexus S 4G" and people say "4G?! GOOGLE MAKES A PHONE?!" yeah... stupid people.

          • woj_tek

            Neh, no Japan... Poland (tho it may be similarly exotic ;-) ). There is also a tendency to explore other options of mobile payments: banks-operators nfc similar to google wallet, short mobile codes (something along the line of #1234*), texts and now something even different but those are mostly for bus or parking tickets... for paying in shops there is only those alliances between mobile operators and banks (similar to wallet) but those are also limited, which is annoying...

      • MeCampbell30

        Not worse than Hitler, but somewhere between Assad and Saddam.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          I'd say it's more of a Pol Pot.

          • Willie D

            Or a Ho Chi Minh?

          • charles anderson

            Reminds me of Obama... Promises a lot but only if you fall into a certain category

      • therealciviczc

        From my experience with loyalty card apps, at best this will mean having the check out person scan your phone 8 times as you adjust the distance and angle, then say, "it can't read it", before you take your wallet out and let them scan the actual card.

    • jm9843

      Person to person payments (to anyone with a valid email address) is a kick ass feature. And right now, at least through the web, the fees associated with credit/debit cards are waived.

    • Zak Taccardi

      if you care about wallet enough, get a device that supports it. It's not Google's fault that the carriers don't want to play nice.

      Google should sue them for anti-competitive practices though.

      • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

        IMO Google gets a share of the blame because the carriers all deny that they are "blocking" access to Google wallet (because admitting to doing so would be admitting to a blatant FCC Block C violation) but instead they ask Google to make sure Wallet doesn't work with the carrier branded phones, for whatever reason Google complies with this request even going so far as to put in place more than trivial device checks into the app.

        Google should call the carriers bluff, release a version of wallet that worked (including NFC payments) on all compatible devices. When you think of all the Galaxxy SIII, Note II and SIV devices on AT&T, VZW and TMO that's not an insignificant number of devices that could get fully functional Google Wallet today and it's completely within Google's power.

        • therealciviczc

          Amen. I agree 100%. This is not just a carrier issue. Google is playing along nicely and making it so I can't even bitch to my carrier because they just point me back to google.... and they're right.

    • Pierre Gardin

      "The new app does not support NFC payments on any more devices than it did a month ago."

      Of course it doesn't. NFC payments use a secure element and a software update will not make it appear magically.

      • JPB

        XDA's software update that makes prior versions of Wallet work on VZW phones would beg to differ. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2126241

        • Bryant Beers

          All this does is disable Wallet checks to let you install the APK on any phone. The only phones that are actually able to use it are the ones with Secure Elements like the Galaxy S3 & S4. The HTC One, LG G2, Motorola Droids, Moto X, and countless more do not have onboard Secure Elements and the only payment system that will work with them is ISIS, and that's only if you get an NFC SE SIM card from your carrier. Even then Google Wallet does not look to the SIM card for the Secure Element.

          I was hoping Google would make a change in this big update to actually check for NFC SE SIM's but it's already been tested and does not work.

      • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

        There are millions of phones already out there with perfectly functional secure elements, for example every Galaxy SIII, Note II and SIV on AT&T, Verizon & T-Mobile. The only reason you can't do NFC payments on those phones is because Google (at the carriers request) puts device checks into the app that prevents the app from working (or apparently the NFC payments function on this new version).

    • Willie D

      With respect to the NFC payments, a lot of carriers are starting their own version which is sad, but also only Sprint is okay with letting Google access the device no matter what (aka Secure Element) - Which I find funny that no company will let Google access their own invention (Wallet and the secure element it uses) but will let Apple grant access to Touch ID (in a secure part of the chipset). Double standard much?! I agree with you however, NFC SHOULD work for all devices, all carriers! NO MATTER WHAT!

      As for loyalty cards, they need to get more. In fact, they got to the point that you can tap to add a loyalty card and use the camera to scan the code. This proves to be useful when they open it up for ANY card to be scanned and used, even from stores Google hasnt supported like movie theaters, grocery stores, Costco, etc. It is a work in progress getting there.

      Sending money from one person to another is great. It competes against Square, PayPal, and a few other smaller providers that allow the transferring of money. It helps Google compete, but more so, it also gives a one stop semi-closed ecosphere of Android. Google produces Android, why not give all the tools for every aspect and keep it within the same company ecosystem. Apple is doing it, why not Google?

    • Bryan Mordt

      Just read a report from a Verizon Galaxy Nexus user that the new app did indeed work on his NFC purchase at a 7-Eleven.

    • serotheo

      It's suddenly possible to install on my S3 without any hacky workarounds or flashing, I think it added some devices.

    • Tim242

      I use it just fine on my Verizon S4

      • Rican

        Which Patch are you using, link?

        • Tim242

          http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2125300
          [MOD] Patched Google Wallet (Updated: 5/7/13) ***New Thread***

          • Rican

            Did you have to change the build.prop and install the files ?

          • Tim242

            You change the build prop, reboot,install and setup wallet, install xposed patch, change your build prop back, reboot. All done : )

          • Rican

            Thanks for the help I have an S4 on AT&T tried everything I could think of still not working for tap any pay.

    • http://marjimusic.com/nwtb Clockwerk Orange

      it works on rooted phones now, which is a plus

  • Jason D

    The app update will be rolling out through the Play Store "this week" in the US..... :-) This week.... Key words

  • erwin

    Cant use it... Meh Boy compatible

  • AndroidUser00110001

    I just got the update but will not start up on S4 with CM 10.2.

    Going to change build.prop and see if there are any changes to app itself.

  • GreatNews

    just downloaded it again from the web play store and it works very good on my Verizon S4!!!
    its like Google Now Card style UI

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  • Duckie1217

    Still not working for my DROID RAZR M.

    • Mike Horton

      That is because the update hasn't been released yet.

      • Duckie1217

        Then I imagine it will never work.

  • Mike Horton

    agh, no NFC enabled phones on Verizon are supported.

    • Tim242

      If you are rooted and have xposed patch, they are. I use it on my Verizon S4.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    *waits for apk*

  • Ben J

    App still comes up with "This app is incompatible with your device."

    I have a Motorola Atrix 2, running ICS, plus I'm in the US. Not sure what that means...

  • Matt

    Sweet, I can save my CVS, Food Lion, etc. cards directly to Google Wallet now. I can finally get rid of those useless apps.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    Looking good on my nexus 7 (2012) trying to install on the droid RAZR .... And it runs there too

  • Goran

    Instead of bitching go to xda like I did and look to see if there is a wallet hack for your phone. I have a att s4 and a s3 and both have a full functioning wallet with nfc payment working on it.

    • JPB

      .....except they don't have this latest version yet. So bitch away but keep checking xda.

      • Goran

        It's ok. As long as it works. I'm using r96v16. It's not the newest but works. Just got a 5 hour energy and a coke and Paris with my phone.

        • http://j.mp/scottbeamer Scott Beamer

          You bought Paris?

      • Tim242

        Update the app...it works...Verizon S4

  • antifud

    not quite all devices. not available on: razr/rezound/htc one

    • Cael

      You have to sideload it. It's working perfectly fine on my Rezound

      • http://j.mp/scottbeamer Scott Beamer

        Which means as far as Google is concerned, it's not compatible.

  • Cael

    Sideloaded onto my Verizon Rezound and it works great!

  • Sir_Brizz

    Sideloaded and it works fine. I wonder if some enterprising developer will figure out a way to remove the device checks for tap and pay...

    • Tim242

      There's a patch for that. I use it on my Verizon S4.

      • Sir_Brizz

        Where can I find it? On XDA somewhere?

        • Tim242

          Yes. Which phone do you have?

  • Andrew

    Anyone notice that the updated app no longer warns people if their phone is rooted? The warning was always kind of annoying since the app continued to work anyway. Thanks for getting rid of that Google!

  • djb

    Reading comprehension is high with this crowd... :-)

  • William Peterson

    Am I missing something here. I find no way to use NFC payments, which is probably why it's working on my Verzon GS3? I find all sorts of other things I will not be using, but not NFC payment options.

    • Tim242

      If you use the xposed patch, you can update and still use NFC.

  • Nicholas Polydor

    Have they dropped support for the Samsung Nexus S GSM/HSPA+ ?

    • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

      no it works on anything 2.3+

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    So are NFC payments a thing of the past? All I'm seeing is personal money transfers and loyalty cards...

    • Tim242

      You have to be rooted and use a patch for NFC payments to show.

  • Matthew Fry

    That downloaded in like 3 seconds. Did mediafire get a fancy new server farm or something?

  • Ulrik Djurtoft

    Seems like the APK no longer checks device compatibility on install (or is less strict about it). Installed fine on a stock Western European Galaxy Nexus 4.2.1, but when the Google account is chosen it complains if the address of the account is not in the USA. But perhaps this is a sign of an European launch getting closer, as it is now only a switch on the server away?

    • Paul Brocklehurst

      yep, I get that too. And if you use a Google account with a US address you can get a bit further. But if you try to actually make a payment, you get "international transactions are not supported" and the payment is declined. Close though!

  • theiowakid

    Is this signed by Google or are we trusting some "Scott" guy? You guys usually post if its official or not. Like official as in someone from AP received the update and pulled it from their phone to share. Its our credit cards and all...

  • Tony Sarju

    I just installed it on my GS3 in Canada. The new version looks and feels a lot different now. I can't even figure out how to set a default credit card or what needs to be done to ensure an NFC transaction goes through.

    • Aaron Jaeger

      Click the little picture of the credit card on the main screen to switch cards. You may have to set up tap to pay first.

  • Armus

    I'm on Verizon with a Note2. I'd like to know if the new version will allow NFC for me or should I go back to my hacked in app. (Don't call Google, they are idiots) going to test it and find out.

    • Tim242

      Just update the app. The xposed hack still covers it.

  • spydie

    so has anyone figured out how to send money to a friend directly to his bank account instead of it being stored at paypal, then he has to request a transfer to his bank account (3 days later)??? Or does wallet do that? I haven't found any way to do that yet without paying a fee (like PopMoney).

    • http://j.mp/scottbeamer Scott Beamer

      My bank actually does this for free..... I can transfer funds to anyone with an email address and a checking account.

    • Ara Wagoner

      If you have one of your bank accounts in Google Wallet, there's no fee for either of you. I'm definitely looking forward to a full teardown and explanation of this new app. But I can stop carrying these ****ing rewards keyfobs, so YAY! -Ara

  • Sean Rowe

    Will a simple "build.prop" change allow for NFC payment? Meaning if I change my VZW GS3 to look like a Sprint GS3, can I then use NFC? Or do I need to wait until the devs/hackers get their hands on it an release a patched version?

    • Tim242

      Yes, but you need to flash the xposed mod, to disable the carrier check. That way you don't have to keep the build prop change.

  • Justin S

    Worked on my (rooted) VZW LG G2 with no problems!

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    Are there any hacks, past or present, that allow Google Wallet NFC payments on devices equipped with NFC but without the 'secure element'? My research on XDA and elsewhere has been inconclusive.

    • Nick

      Pretty sure the secure element is what makes Wallet secure, so no.
      Someone will probably explain why I'm wrong soon enough though...

    • Tim242

      Which phone do you have? Works on my Verizon S4.

  • Bronislav Shtrom

    Not compatible with T-Mobile S3 with 4.0.4 (Don't wanna update) ? What is this madness?

    • Bronislav Shtrom

      Now says compatible

  • Aubrey Smith

    Finally! We've been waiting for this.

    • Tim242

      Doesn't work for NFC payments, unless you root and hack...like always

  • http://j.mp/scottbeamer Scott Beamer

    I'm on the Google Play website, looking at the app ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.walletnfcrel ). It says it was updated September 17, 2013 (today as of this writing), but the version number listed is not 2.0, but 1.6-R96-v16.

    The description does mention that it supports Android 2.3 and up and that you can use any Amex, Visa, MasterCard or Discover card.

    However......

    It's not showing compatible with my Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T).

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      fyi, even if they just change the description, without uploading a new apk, the "Last updated" date changes.

  • remister

    Yes, I can be cool again on a non-Nexus device!

    • Tim242

      Doesn't work with NFC payments, unless you root and hack.

  • Timothy Anderson

    I hope it supports NFC soon, for carriers other than Sprint.

    • Tim242

      It won't officially, thanks to ISIS. But, if you are rooted, you can use it. I use it on my Verizon S4.

  • BlackAce15

    I can now use it on my Nexus 7 2013 edition

    • Tim242

      Not with NFC..

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    I have a question. I am running Shiny ROM on a Verizon Galaxy Nexus. It comes with the old version of Google Wallet. I backed it up with Titanium and update the app thru Google Play. When I launched the new app, I actually saw a card in the app saying I am now ready to "tap and pay", and my previously added credit card (to the old app) is still there. Does it mean that I can still use the NFC "tap and pay" feature?

    • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

      Oh, BTW, make sure you are on your mobile network before you launch the new app. I don't think the tap and pay activation works over Wifi. It doesn't work the first time when I updated. I restored my old app, then switched to my mobile data and update again. That time, the activation worked.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    Still a no go in India.. SUCKS. This app is like the freaking mirage on a harsh, hot, blindingly sunny desert day - you can kind of see it but never get to it.
    What a damn shame, been 3 years and its still pretty much completely useless for anyone not in the US of A. I think Mastercard and Visa (both are already setting up their PayPass and PayWave in India) will gobble this market up in a couple years and Wallet will end up like Wave.

  • UniBroW

    What's with the 15 min minimum lock and the default 1 day? I also had to reset my phone (unrelated to the update) and it didn't ask me for my password to setup mobile payments. Seems like a huge security flaw

  • RSerda

    Updated my N4 last night.. works AWESOME!! Great job Google!!

  • meelyg

    I thought they were killing wallet? Or was it checkout?

    I dunno it's all one big mess

  • Matthew Bartky

    I have a 2012 Nexus 7, and it is still unsupported. I just side loaded and it works fine, but play still says it is no good. Anyone else with this?

  • MichaelCrackMonkey

    After my phone installed the Wallet Update NFC stopped working. I'm on Verizon with an S3 and it was working great using the various hacks available to get GWallet installed but the update ran and now it's basically worthless. I even contacted Google who said to just reinstall which I did but to no avail.

  • ecanderson

    Uh, nope. This is getting out of hand. Not only does every Google app now attempt permissions for social, but THIS update requires access to the camera? WTF?