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‘Google Wallet card’ leak points to weakness in NFC mobile payments

November 7th, 2012

Launched in May 2011, Google Wallet was supposed to revolutionize shopping and replace cash and credit cards with NFC-enabled smartphones. While the idea was and still is ambitious, Google (GOOG) Wallet has been hampered by the reluctance of retailers and small businesses to upgrade their point-of-sale systems to support NFC. Last week, Android Police published what …

Google Wallet to discontinue prepaid card support on October 17th

September 10th, 2012

Google (GOOG) on Monday announced that it will discontinue its prepaid card option on its Google Wallet platform in October. The Internet giant revealed that because users can now add any credit or debit card to the service, its prepaid cards are no longer necessary. Users will be unable to activate or add funds to …

Google Wallet adding Passbook-like features to compete with Apple

August 28th, 2012

Google (GOOG) may not want people to think that it’s copying Apple (AAPL) in the wake of the Apple v. Samsung (005930) patent trial verdict, but it does seem that the company is taking a page from Apple’s playbook with some of its planned updates for Google Wallet. MobileBurn reports that Google Wallet product manager …

Google Wallet updated to support all major credit and debit cards

August 1st, 2012

Google (GOOG) on Wednesday announced an update to its Google Wallet app that allows users to add any credit or debit card to their smartphone or tablet. “To support all credit and debit cards, we changed our technical approach to storing payment cards,” the Internet giant wrote on its website. “The Google Wallet app now …

Google Wallet hacked to work on Verizon Galaxy S III [video]

July 30th, 2012

You won’t find Google Wallet, officially, on any of the smartphones offered by Verizon Wireless (VZ), not even the Galaxy Nexus. In fact, you won’t find Google Wallet on any smartphone offered by T-Mobile (DTE) or AT&T (T) either — the only carrier that supports Google’s (GOOG) mobile payment platform is Sprint (S). Other wireless service …

NFC mobile payment growth could be stunted by security flaws

July 13th, 2012

Developers who work on mobile payment platforms should start hitting the panic button: Esteemed hacker Charlie Miller is about to mess them up. Dark Reading reports that Miller’s presentation at Black Hat USA this year “will show just how dangerous it can be to pay cabfare with your mobile device, as he demonstrates vulnerabilities he discovered …

Leaked internal document confirms Sprint’s Google Wallet alternative

June 12th, 2012

Last week it was rumored that Sprint was investing in its own payment platform that would reportedly replace Google’s Wallet service. According to internal documents obtained by Android Central, the nation’s third largest carrier will do exactly that. The service, which is confirmed to be called Sprint Touch, is very similar to Google Wallet, requiring …

Sprint investing in own payment platform, may drop Google Wallet

June 8th, 2012

Google’s Wallet service has seen numerous setbacks since its initial launch last May. The platform was rejected by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, all of which opted to support the ISIS payment system instead, and has lived a quiet life on a small number of Sprint smartphones. This may not be the case in the near future, however. The nation’s …

Sprint Galaxy Nexus pre-orders begin today, available April 22nd for $199.99

April 16th, 2012

Sprint on Monday announced the availability of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Android 4.0 handset can be pre-ordered today and will be available beginning Sunday, April 22nd for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement. “Galaxy Nexus is a beautifully designed smartphone that combines the Pure Google experience with the speed of Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE network,” …

Shipments of NFC-enabled handsets reached 30 million units in 2011

March 26th, 2012

Global sales of NFC-equipped smartphones increased tenfold to 30 million units in 2011, according to a report from Berg Insight. The research firm estimates that by 2016 there will more than 700 million handsets with NFC capabilities. In 2011, several leading handset vendors released more than 40 NFC-enabled devices. “Even though it will take some …