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News about Google Wallet and NFC.

Google Wallet ends support for physical secure elements

March 17th, 2014

From 14 April 2014 it will only be possible to use Google Wallet to make an NFC payment using a device that supports host card emulation (HCE). “Devices with Android versions older than Android 4.4… More

Merchant360 offers plug-in that lets retailers deliver coupons to any NFC phone

December 4th, 2013

Point of sale and payments specialist Merchant360 has introduced a software plug-in for Ingenico and VeriFone terminals that enables merchants to send marketing messages and coupons to customers via NFC, without the retailer needing to… More

SimplyTapp gets funding for HCE

November 27th, 2013

SimplyTapp, the US startup which created Host Card Emulation, bypassing the need to use a carrier controlled SIM-based secure element in NFC transactions, has raised a Series A funding round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners…. More

Isis picks Proxama to develop BlackBerry 10 NFC wallet app

October 4th, 2013

Proxama has been selected by Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, to develop the Isis Mobile Wallet application for Blackberry 10 NFC devices. The deal follows… More

Google confirms commitment to NFC with new Google Wallet app

September 17th, 2013

Google has released a new version of Google Wallet that will allow anyone with an Android device running version 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ or higher to store loyalty cards and offers on their mobile phone as well… More

Google cancels support for NFC gift and loyalty cards

August 9th, 2013

Google Wallet users who have added a gift or loyalty card to their NFC phone are being sent an email telling them that support is to be cut off in less than two weeks time,… More

No secure element in new Nexus 7

July 30th, 2013

Google has not included a secure element in the new version of its Nexus 7 tablet, Google’s Peter Hazlehurst has told Android Police, and the tablet is not therefore able to support Google Wallet NFC payments. The device does, however, support NFC read/write capabilities via Android Beam. The HTC One Play Edition also does not include an embedded SE, Hazlehurst added.

Gartner cuts NFC mobile payments forecast by 40%

June 5th, 2013

Worldwide mobile payment transaction values will reach US$235.4bn in 2013, a 44% increase on 2012′s $163.1bn, according to a new forecast from Gartner — but NFC transactions will account for a smaller than expected proportion… More

Google Wallet adds phones

May 16th, 2013

Three NFC phones have been added to the list of Google Wallet compatible devices; the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One on Sprint and the Samsung Galaxy Note II on both Sprint and US Cellular.

Report: Larry Page cancels Google Wallet card plan

May 13th, 2013

Google CEO Larry Page has become personally involved in decisions surrounding the future direction of Google Wallet, AllThingsD reports, leading to the cancellation of plans to introduce a physical Google Wallet card and the departure… More

Wallet boss Osama Bedier to leave Google

May 9th, 2013

Osama Bedier, Google’s vice president of Wallet and payments, is to leave the company. Bedier, who joined Google from PayPal in January 2011 to head up the NFC-based Google Wallet service, “has decided to leave Google this… More

MasterCard fights back against new payments players with increased transaction fees for digital wallets that don’t share data

March 20th, 2013

The new fee is to be applied to “staged” digital and mobile wallets that provide a way for transactions to be charged to a customer’s credit card without any details about the purchase being passed on to the payments network. PayPal and Google Wallet as well as a number of other new market entrants are all expected to be affected but “traditional” NFC wallets will not.  More

Samsung and Visa announce NFC payments plan that cuts out the carriers

February 25th, 2013

The handset maker and payments network have announced a plan to pre-load Visa’s payWave applet on embedded secure elements in “selected” next generation Samsung devices — potentially enabling banks to offer NFC payments without any involvement from the mobile network operators. More

Oberthur gets NFC SE certification

February 21st, 2013

Oberthur Technologies has announced that its Pearl Secure Element 800k Classic embedded secure element has been certified by MasterCard for Mobile PayPass applications and by Google for Google Wallet. Pearl is already being used in the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 Android tablet, says Oberthur, and the Google certification means it is now “ready to be integrated into any type of any Android device”.

Google Wallet gets a makeover

January 29th, 2013

A new version of Google’s mobile wallet app has been released, with a new look user interface and improvements to application stability and battery usage. More

Juniper scales back NFC forecast

December 5th, 2012

Global NFC retail transaction values will now reach US$110bn in 2017, significantly below the $180bn previously forecast, the analysts say, due to the lack of NFC in the iPhone 5, lower than expected adoption of Google Wallet and the delay in the launch of Isis. More

Axiom comes with gWallet

November 28th, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Axiombelieved to be an LTE version of the Galaxy S III Mini, has become the second handset on US Cellular to support NFC payments with Google Wallet. The network rolled out support for Google Wallet on the Galaxy S III in October.

Leaked images suggest physical Google Wallet card on its way

November 2nd, 2012

A series of screenshots published by Android Police indicate that Google is set to offer a physical companion card for its Google Wallet service. The card would work in the same way as the virtual… More

Google to update gWallet

October 23rd, 2012

Google Wallet is set for a further update and users can request an invite today. Details of the update were expected to be revealed in a keynote speech at the Money2020 tradeshow in Las Vegas yesterday but the… More

MetroPCS to support gWallet

October 23rd, 2012

Google has announced that US carrier MetroPCS, soon to merge with T-Mobile, is to add support for Google Wallet. The service will be available to MetroPCS customers with a Samsung Galaxy S III phone.

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