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May
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Google Wallet received a relatively minor update today, too (along with Camera), making a few subtle changes to the UI and a couple of feature tweaks. Most notable, perhaps, is that the explore offers feature has been removed altogether (offers live in Maps now, apparently). The other feature change is an addition, not a subtraction, with Wallet now allowing you to receive notification for package shipment statuses on items ordered using Wallet.

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The UI underwent a few revisions, too, with your cards and bank account now managed centrally with a dedicated tab in the slideout navigation menu, which itself also looks just a little bit different, adding an account selector and removing the admin section.

What’s New

Google Wallet v2.0-R163-v17

  • Multiple account selector (did the old app even support multiple accounts?).
  • Cards selector button moved to the slideout nav and is now called Cards and accounts. 
  • Admin divider removed from slideout nav
  • Explore Offers removed?
  • New setting in Notifications: "Orders: Receive notifications when an order is shipped, out for delivery, or couldn't be delivered."

Download

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.apps.walletnfcrel-2.0-R163-v17-RELEASE

Version: v2.0-R163-v17

MD5: 24b09cf0af314879b8402c79e3401074.

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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.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    will Google ever release Wallet outside of the US!??? are they waiting on Apple to release their mobile payment solution to open their eyes and then make a move or what?? it's frustrating to want to use a service and not being able to do so

    • ddpacino

      As always, I'm sure there are technical/legal reasons that's holding that up.

      • psuedonymous

        No technical reasons. If you jump through the hoops to get Wallet loaded on a UK phone, it works perfectly fine for payments at Contactless payment terminals.

    • http://www.ubuntouch-fr.org/ Arnaud Ober

      Google Wallet is a mixture of Passbook and maybe future payment of Apple. And Passbook is already outside of US... Thus Google already loses a half part now. :/

    • derk p

      you could always take this opportunity to make a google like entity in your country and then offer whatever you feel is lacking where you live.

  • frafri

    All I want this application to do is to allow me to save future offers that I find wherever, per example on the newspaper or sent to my gmail so that I can use it when its time to. is that too hard to ask? it could even be a picture of the cupon. I dont care :)

    • ddpacino

      But the stores that taken them just might care....

      • frafri

        one time use. ;)

  • jason

    tap to pay is gone too? at least from the settings interface?
    though i have a galaxy nexus running cm 11 m6 and the old version of wallet said tap to pay was not available (hadnt yet figured out why...shouldnt it work or is it disable on non-google kitkat?) so maybe it is still available for supported phones?

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      I think tap to pay is gone in general. I had a store that supported it and now for some reason that stopped. I think NFC payments is dead for now.

      • frafri

        Seriously ? NFC . got taken away?
        I have been using it...

      • JPB

        No it hasn't. It is only supported on 4.4 and above now. That's what changed.

    • https://github.com/adefran83 Anthony DeFrancesco

      It supports it, but looks like any kind of interface to activate/deactive is missing, on my Nexus 4 if you hit the card name next to your wallet balance on the My Wallet screen it takes you to tap and pay settings

    • A2theC

      They disabled Tap to Pay via NFC on all devices before 4.4, I received an email that stated as much. It's because of their new security.

      • frafri

        I used it yesterday.

  • djakdekiel

    No wallet in.... outside US&A :/

    • d

      It's not that great.. I tired to demo nfc once excitedly and it took so long that the person i was showing it to said they'd rather just pay with a card already. It's totally true and i lost all excitement for it

  • Omg

    I don't know if this has happened before but it's the first time I see darker blue taking place in an app instead of halo blue. Hell yes!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I just don't understand what's keeping Google from expanding services outside of US... It's strange how most of their stuff is available almost worldwide (Play Store, All Access, Now, YouTube, ...), but other (Wallet, Magazines in Newsstand, several Now features, Play Devices) are limited to america

    • esper256

      Wallet, Play Devices and All Access are probably held up by legal and regulatory issues. The rest are probably localization, translation issues that are technically challenging.

      Remember, in order for Now to work, most cards come from machine understanding and parsing of raw text like web pages and emails etc. It's not trivial to simply "flip the switch" on being able to understand a new language in order to launch in a new country.

  • br_hermon

    I slightly understand the reasoning for moving offers to Maps (here is a list of offers near you) but ultimately I still think it makes more sense, that if I plan on buying something and want to find offers, I'm going to look in a financial related app like Google Wallet.

    Google is basically saying that offers isn't about the discount for the user, but instead it's about discoverability and advertising for the business.

  • gk1984

    I can't find anything mentioning Tap and Pay in the new update. I'm using the HTC One with CM11 installed, which doesn't support Tap & Pay due to the NXP NFC chip it uses. Prior to update, settings had an option to manage Tap & Pay but just said "not supported" on my phone. Now it's missing entirely for me. Looks like it's hidden from unsupported devices maybe? Or am I blind?

  • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

    Goodbye Google Offers, then.
    Tried the new 8.0 Google Maps. It still has issues that keep me on 6.x.

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      Like what?

      • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

        Mainly dealing with starred locations. Everything is in a giant history list now. I preferred the tabbed view.
        Navigation is MOSTLY fixed for picking alternate routes. The landscape view is still terrible, but since the alternate routes are easily picked on the navigation screen now, it's less of an issue.

        • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

          I see! Thanks for responding :)

  • Squiddles

    How do I access offers via maps?

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