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  • Editing Team 17:19 on January 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Wallet Releases a New Version 

    Google has released a new version of its NFC-enabled Google Wallet app. Version 1.6-R96-v13 introduces improvements to the user interface, application stability and battery life, though there is still no sign of the major upgrade promised in October 2012.

    The Android app now includes three tabs at the top of the screen: “My Wallet”, “Transactions” and “Explore”.

    The My Wallet tab provides an image of the default “funding source” the user has selected with an option to “Tap to change or add card”. Options for viewing “My Offers”, “Rewards Cards” and “Gift Cards” are also available from this tab.

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    The Transactions tab then enables users to view individual purchases made, with each showing the funding source used:

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    The Explore tab shows two types of offers — “Featured Offers” that users can save to their wallet as well as “Nearby Offers”:

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    There is no news yet, however, of when the next major upgrade to Google Wallet will be available. Google announced in October 2012 that a new version was on its way — a banner message on the Google Wallet website promises the next version is “coming soon” and allows users to request an invite — and this was originally expected to be released in November.

    Leaked images suggest that this new version will see the introduction of a physical companion card for the virtual MasterCard that was introduced with the major relaunch of Google Wallet in August 2012, as well as support for transit cards, peer-to-peer money transfers and both account deposits and withdrawals.

     
  • Editing Team 09:21 on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Google May Be Prepping Physical Google Wallet Card 

    physical-Google-Wallet-card-rfid-blogIt is said that Google may be planning to launch plastic wallet cards that would work in conjunction with Google Wallet.

    The physical Google Wallet card will work just like a regular credit card and can charge whichever default card you currently selected on the Wallet app.

    It will work anywhere major credit cards are accepted, and can be used in those scenarios where tap-and-pay is not a supported or preferred method of payment. With a Google Wallet card and a phone, user can leave all his/her credit cards at home.

    Acquiring the card is simple — you can order the card straight through the Google Wallet app and have it delivered directly to your house.

    In addition, additional features are coming to Wallet app as well: the ability to deposit and withdraw money to and from a “Wallet Balance”, and person-to-person money transfers.

    Google could publish a version of the Wallet app without NFC permissions that just allows you to switch between your cards, which could be installed on any phone (even iOS or Windows Phone, theoretically), and you just use the Wallet card for payments. Google really does seem to have thrown a wrench in the works of the likes of ISIS and other competing systems.

     
  • Editing Team 16:41 on August 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Mobile Payment System ISIS Set to Debut in September 

    ISIS-mobile-payment-system-debut-NFC-rfid-blogYesterday, T-Mobile announced a software update for the Galaxy S II with ISIS and NFC support, which stirred the Internet.

    The new mobile payment system ISIS, supported by the major mobile carriers including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, is launched in last April, originally set to go live in the first half of 2012. Now, new details claim that it could launch in September.

    The Galaxy S II would be the first device to openly support ISIS, but it’s not the only one. According to Bloomberg, ISIS already supports multiple devices so we should be hearing more very soon.

    This is the initial supporting devices list for ISIS when (and if) it launches next month.

    Verizon:

    -DROID Incredible 4G LTE

    -Samsung Galaxy S3

    AT&T:

    -Samsung Galaxy S3

    -HTC One X

    T-Mobile:

    -HTC Amaze 4G

    -Samsung Galaxy S3

    -Samsung Galaxy S2

    You may think that the list is pretty short, but at least it’s a good start for ISIS. Major credit card companies like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover have already given their approval to ISIS and we expect more down the road.

    Unlike Google Wallet, which relies on Google’s servers and the carriers for verification of payments, ISIS is left for credit-card operators to process the transactions rather than the carriers themselves.

    Like Google Wallet, ISIS’ system uses NFC in smartphones to make mobile payments. Many modern Android smartphones already have NFC chips, but some phones need updates to support the mobile wallet. The HTC One X already supports the system thanks to an update earlier this month, and the latest update to the T-Mobile Galaxy S II also enabled support for the system.

    NFC may very well be a major part of our mobile future, and it’s now up to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to try and prove that.

     
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