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Google Wallet adds gift card management, money reimbursement requests

07/16, 6:10pm

Update adds real-time gift card balance updates, ability to request money in Gmail

Google Wallet issued an update today that gives users the ability to add gift cards and request (or send) money through the Wallet app. The addition grants another perk to using Wallet as it allows customers to carry even fewer cards with assorted balances or perks. Requesting money from friends and family, or sending them money using a debit card is now free of charge, unlike the previous version which charged the same 2.9 percent (minimum 30 cents) fee as when using a credit card.

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Briefly: Domino's adds Google Wallet payment, Solar Walk on Android

04/21, 6:25pm

US Domino's customers can now pay using Google Wallet

Pizza service Domino's has added Google Wallet to its payment options for US customers, available on Android. Beginning today, pizza orders can be placed through the Google Wallet app, and those who spend more than $10 will receive a free order of Specialty Chicken until June 15. New users can initiate an account directly within the Domino's mobile app, or through Google's own portal.

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Briefly: Google Wallet Order feature, new Google Docs add-ons

03/12, 6:21pm

Google Wallet app for iOS and Android adds order histories feature

Google's Wallet app, available for iOS and Android devices, has received an update today. The new inclusion of its Orders feature allows users to track active online orders, as well as access past transaction history information in one centralized location. Once Orders is activated within Google Wallet, users can view any receipts sent to their Gmail account within the app.

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Briefly: Skitch for iOS updated, Autodesk's Maya LT Extension updated

12/04, 3:55pm

Skitch iOS update restores PDF reading, markup support, web capture

The iOS version of screen capture and markup app Skitch (free) has been updated, mostly restoring features that were previously removed. Users can now once again open and read PDFs in the program, as well as markup and re-save a PDF (the latter feature requires an Evernote Premium account, however). Crop mode has been removed and various bugs fixed, and web capture has been added back in. Evernote, which bought Skitch two years ago, has dealt with continuing criticism over the company's changes to the program, which was originally created to quickly capture, annotate and share screenshots. Evernote Premium accounts cost $5 per month or $45 per year.

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Google offers physical credit/debit card for Wallet accounts

11/20, 3:02pm

Balance accessible from ATMs, retailer terminals

Google has quietly introduced a physical credit/debit card for Google Wallet accounts. The card lacks its own NFC chip for tap-to-pay functionality, however it enables users to withdraw cash from an ATM or use their Wallet balance to purchase items from retailers that currently lack support for contactless payments from NFC-enabled devices.

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Google Wallet payment app arrives on iOS

09/19, 12:19pm

App stores credit cards, protected with PIN

Google has finally released a Google Wallet app (App Store) for iOS devices, enabling iPhone and iPad users to store and manage credit and debit cards, loyalty programs and promotional offers. The iOS title serves the same basic function as its Android counterpart, except for the tap-to-pay feature that requires NFC hardware unavailable on Apple's mobile devices.

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Briefly: Rogers LTE deal with Swisscom, Google Wallet rewards removal

08/09, 10:34am

Rogers signs deal for customer use of Swisscom LTE in Switzerland

Rogers has signed an agreement with Swiss carrier Swisscom to provide LTE to its Canadian users. The first carrier in Canada to do so in Europe, the deal allows Rogers subscribers traveling in Switzerland to connect over Swisscom's LTE network, with the same happening to Swisscom users roaming on Rogers in Canada. Rogers has similar agreements with carriers in Hong Kong and South Korea, and plans to add more to the list.

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Google killing Google Checkout, migrating some to Google Wallet

05/20, 8:28pm

Search engine partners with payment processors to aid transition

Today, Google made it known to its array of merchants that it is discontinuing the Google Checkout functionality, and migrating some existing users to Google Wallet. In a blog post announcing the move, Google called the Wallet product "a platform that enables merchants to meet the demands of a multi-screen world where consumers shop in-stores, at their desks and on their mobile devices." Users have six months to find an alternative solution, if not migrated automatically.

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T-Mobile sticks with ISIS, won't support Google Wallet

05/18, 1:32pm

Carrier confirms ISIS support via Twitter

T-Mobile customers wanting to use Google Wallet are out of luck, as the carrier confirmed this week that it's blocking the mobile payment solution. Instead, T-Mobile wants its customers to use ISIS, a carrier-backed standard that is currently only available in two metropolitan areas. The confirmation marks T-Mobile as just the latest of the major carriers to block Google's standard as they prepare to roll out their own.

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Google shutters Google Wallet card development, project lead leaves

05/10, 10:21am

Google Wallet Card could have acted as credit card proxy

Google is dropping its proposals to augment its Google Wallet payment system with a physical card, ahead of changes expected to be announced at Google I/O, according to reports. The news comes at the same time as the head of Google Wallet itself, Osama Bedier, will be leaving the company to pursue "other opportunities."

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Google said to augment Google Wallet with physical card

11/01, 8:23pm

Card would pair with app, take place of other cards

It would appear that Google is planning to augment its NFC-based Google Wallet payment system with a physical component in the coming weeks. Images have emerged online purporting to show off the new Google Wallet Card, which would be tied to a user's Google Wallet account and take the place of any credit cards a user also has attached to that account. The news comes amid rumors that Google was planning to update its Google Wallet app to include iPhone support, even though there are no iPhone or iOS device models that support NFC.

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Google Wallet draws ire of patent holder, lawsuit filed

10/23, 10:50pm

Suit relates to location-sensitive shopper rewards

In the wake of the Google Wallet update announcement, Google has been sued in the Federal District Court of Delaware for allegedly violating a patent related to technology for "encouraging customer patronage by providing awards to customers." The patent was originally filed in September of 2005, and issued on November of 2007. The lawsuit plaintiff appears to be the inventor of the patent, Peter Sprogis, with no information filed with the patent about transfer or sale to another party.

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Google Wallet upgrade 'coming soon,' iPhone supported?

10/22, 8:10pm

iPhone support would require major changes to the program

Google has deployed a new version of its website for Google Wallet, saying that the next version of mobile payment service is "coming soon." Visitors can request an invitation to the new service, and are presented with a device choice, either Android, other, or iPhone, suggesting Google is planning a departure from special hardware requirements on Android phones. The move may serve to enhance Google Wallet's acceptance in both the consumer base as well as merchants.

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Google Wallet usage doubles after card system changes

09/14, 9:54pm

Move to accept all credit, debit cards seen as main reason

Google Wallet has seen a 100-percent increase in use in the last few weeks. The company is putting the change in user numbers down to the recent revision of the app, with the addition of supporting all credit and debit cards available to customers, and an increase in locations across the US accepting NFC-based payments.

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Google Wallet seeks to replace boarding passes, bus tickets

08/28, 11:15am

Product lead wants phones as 'primary transaction device'

Google plans to expand its payment system to store other cards usually kept in a wallet, according to the leader of the team developing the technology. At present, Google Wallet keeps track of payment details and loyalty cards, but the head of Google Wallet product management, Robin Dua, wants it to also hold airline boarding passes, ID cards, gift cards and concert tickets.

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Google Wallet opens to all major credit, debit cards

08/01, 4:45pm

NFC payment system moves to cloud-based storage

Google Wallet has received some major updates today. The mobile payments platform has opened up to accept all credit and debit cards from American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa, with financial data stored in the cloud instead of on the handset itself. Twenty five national US retailers have partnered with Google for the service, and through a partnership with MasterCard PayPass, mobile payments can be performed at over 200,000 retail locations across the country.

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Nexus 7 gets Android 4.1.1 update

07/11, 11:46am

Update brings Google Wallet, boosts performance

Even though Google's Nexus 7 tablet hasn't shipped to customers yet, the device is receiving an upgrade to the newest version of Android, which has yet to be released itself. According to Android Central, Nexus 7 units handed out at this year's Google I/O have begun receiving an over-the-air update that improves performance and adds Google Wallet. It is as yet unclear whether purchased Nexus 7 units will ship with the update or receive it after shipping.

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus pre-orders sell out in three days

04/19, 7:00pm

Limited stock expected at retail on April 22

Pre-orders for Sprint's version of the Galaxy Nexus, begun on April 16, may have reflected very strong demand. Earlier Thursday, the pre-order page indicated that inventory had been sold out for those not willing to wait until the April 22 launch. The exact quantities Sprint will have aren't known and make it difficult to gauge actual interest.

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LG Optimus Elite hits Sprint, Virgin with Google Wallet

04/17, 12:10pm

LG Optimus Elite ships to Sprint on April 22

Sprint on Tuesday confirmed some rumors and unveiled the LG Optimus Elite. The carrier's version of the Optimus Net, which will also have a Virgin Mobile equivalent, will be the most affordable US smartphone ever to support Google Wallet, costing just $30 on Sprint after a contract and rebate. Its support for the needed NFC is an exception to entry level specs, such as a 3.5-inch, 320x480 display, an 800MHz processor, and a five-megapixel back camera with none at the front.

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Google Wallet co-creator leaves for Square in larger exodus

04/02, 9:15pm

Square nabs latest Google veteran for mobile tech

Square landed a key addition to its ranks Monday after Rob von Behren confirmed through his LinkedIn profile and a conversation with NFC Times that he had left Google for the newcomer. He had co-created Google Wallet, but left the project in January and decided to switch companies after hearing of Square doing "great things" in mobile payments. Von Behren's exact purpose at Square wasn't going to be made public outside of his general position.

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Google acquires TxVia for payment processing tech

04/02, 8:50pm

Search giant continues Google Wallet push

Google has announced that it has moved to acquire TxVia, a company that specializes in mobile payment processing technology. In a statement, the search giant notes that the buyout will help the company "accelerate innovation towards our full Google Wallet vision," though the exact terms of the deal have yet to be publicly disclosed.

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LG Optimus Elite with Google Wallet spied for Sprint, Virgin

03/29, 11:10pm

LG Optimus Elite seen early in press renders

One of LG's entry-level Android phones should reach Sprint and Virgin Mobile with a small twist based on leaks late Thursday. Photos of the Optimus Elite, Sprint's adaptation of the Optimus Net, showed PocketNow the 3.2-inch phone adopting a more conventional but very compact look. Both versions would stand out by being some of the least expensive Android phones yet to have NFC and, through Sprint's involvement, official Google Wallet support.

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Google Wallet may share revenues after poor uptake

03/21, 4:35pm

Google Wallet said struggling

Google may be looking to implement major changes to Google Wallet after getting little support, leaks might have disclosed on Wednesday. Having only ever earned support from Sprint, the search giant was said by Bloomberg to be looking at a revenue split to get AT&T or Verizon offering support. The proposal would give a cut of Google Offers coupons and other deals.

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Google Wallet customers get $5 over provisioning issues

03/20, 11:35pm

Problems said to be resolved

Google has begun distributing $5 credits to Google Prepaid Card accounts, after the fledgling Google Wallet NFC payment service encountered several problems. In response to a security vulnerability, the company had temporarily barred users from creating new cards and blocked the ability to reset the system.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint clears FCC hurdle

03/15, 6:35pm

Galaxy Nexus inches closer to Sprint arrival

An FCC filing from last week has shown that Sprint's Galaxy Nexus is getting close to release. Going under a very different codename of SPH-L700, instead of SGH-i9250 or similar for the original, the Android 4.0 phone's identity is given away by its combining 850MHz and 1,900MHz CDMA with the 1,900MHz LTE only Sprint will be using so far. The inclusion of NFC is the other giveaway that the device is a Nexus given how few Android phones have yet to carry the technology.

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PayPal shows off answer to Google Wallet at SXSW

03/14, 4:55pm

PayPal demonstrates changes to Digital Wallet

As expected, PayPal has demonstrated its newly redesigned Digital Wallet service. Two videos outlining the thorough changes to the service are embedded below, made by the eBay Ink blog. The desktop interface sports a plethora of options of how user can user their money, pay for purchases, and even split it into different accounts, or "buckets" as PayPal VP of global product and experience Sam Sharuger reveals.

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PayPal details new wallet tech

03/09, 8:05pm

Plans added services beyond traditional payments

In February, PayPal provided new details on how it planned to roll out its in-store payment services. The subsidiary of eBay plans to demonstrate at the SXSW conference in Austin how it hopes to distinguish its consumer-side digital wallet service from the competition, including Google Wallet and Isis. PayPal hopes to expand its attractiveness by offering more payment flexibility, generating wish lists, and providing greater account control.

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Google fixes broken Play Store, flips on some prepaid Wallet

03/08, 5:35pm

Google brings back Play and Wallet for some

Google has sorted out a pair of significant glitches with Android content on Thursday. A new version of the Google Play Store is being pushed out over the air to fix an issue that broke links for Motorola users. While the store had always remained in place, it forced users both to contend with broken links and hunt for the app separately.

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Google Wallet loses support on rooted handsets

03/05, 12:10pm

Google Wallet no longer supports rooted phones

Those with rooted Android handsets will no longer have the ability to use Google Wallet after an update that began rolling out this weekend. Droid-Life learned that a new yellow notification bar began appearing on rooted Android handsets with the Google Wallet app loaded onto them, informing the device is no longer supported. A link to a web page explains that the app won't work because the handset's security has been compromised due to the presence of "unauthorized" software.

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Isis NFC payments being woven into point-of sale gear

03/05, 10:45am

Isis partners with payment hardware makers

Isis, which is due to kick off this summer, has now secured cash register and payment hardware makers VeriFone, Ingenico, ViVOtech, and Equinox Payments as partners. They have vowed to integrate the Isis Mobile Commerce Application wireless payments technology into their future products. Isis will use NFC technology for payments, digital couponing, location-based social media offers, and more. It's a competitor for Google's Wallet offering.

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Target, Walmart unite on NFC-based mobile payment system

03/01, 11:30pm

Target and Walmart join pact on NFC payment

Target and Walmart have joined in the development of yet another mobile payment system, insides gave out on Thursday. The two were said by Wall Street Journal's contacts to now be part of a group with about 24 member store chains hoping to create a standard that, though not directly named, would use NFC. Consulting firm BetterBuyDesign's Steve Mott corroborated the plan by revealing its involvement in the project, with word that big chains as well as drugstores, fast food restaurants, and vending machine firms were involved.

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Google Wallet to reach 10 more Sprint devices in 2012

03/01, 5:35pm

Expands tap-and-pay support to additional devices

Sprint will be adding to the number of its devices supporting Google Wallet. The wireless carrier used a panel discussion at the Mobile World Congress to reveal that it will offer support for the NFC-based mobile payment app on at least ten more smartphones or tablets during the course of 2012. Sprint currently has made the mobile payment system available on the Nexus S 4G and will support it on their soon to be released version of the Galaxy Nexus.

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Isis Mobile Wallet finalized, due this summer

02/27, 5:25pm

Chase, Capital One, Barclaycard first companies

Isis, the mobile commerce venture between AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have finalized their wireless payment standard for mobile devices, calling it Isis Mobile Wallet. It's due to launch this summer, with Chase, Capital One, and Barclaycard being the first banks to sign up and have their credit, debit, and prepaid cards be compatible with the system. The first merchants to support the system will be located in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas. Like Google Wallet, its major competitor, Isis Mobile Wallet let users securely pay for goods and merchandise with their handsets.

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Google restores prepaid cards in Wallet, stops transfers

02/15, 11:35am

Google fixes prepaid card Wallet doubling issue

Google revealed that its has restored the ability to issue new prepaid cards to its Google Wallet as of Monday afternoon. The service was put on hold on Saturday as a problem allowed users to re-provision an existing prepaid card to another user. This issue has also reportedly been addressed, and Google said it hasn't recorded any known abuse of the flaw.

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New Google Wallet prepaid cards stopped in security worry

02/11, 10:35pm

Google Wallet prepaid cards go down for now

Google quickly reacted to mounting Google Wallet security issues by putting a temporary freeze on new prepaid cards. While at least some existing users could keep paying with theirs, Google was preventing new uses as a "precaution" before it could get a surefire fix, Wallet VP Osama Bedier said in a post Saturday. He nonetheless insisted that Google Wallet had multiple security layers, ranging from its own PIN code requirement to an auto-wipe of local Wallet data if the phone is rooted after the Android app is installed.

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Google Wallet vulnerability expands to stock Android phones

02/09, 6:40pm

Bug allows users to create new PIN

Yet another Google Wallet vulnerability has been spotted, just one day after security researchers published details of a similar issue that only affects rooted devices. The latest vulnerability is claimed to affect all Android devices, however, including those running stock software.

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Google Wallet vulnerability exposes PIN on rooted handsets

02/08, 10:25pm

Google working quickly to fix bug

Researchers at security firm Zvelo have released details surrounding a Google Wallet vulnerability that is claimed to leave a user's PIN data exposed. Engineers were reportedly able to develop a crack that quickly determines a user's four-digit PIN, which serves as an essential security layer to prevent the NFC system from transmitting card data without authorization.

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Galaxy Nexus on AT&T can now download Google Wallet

02/02, 8:00pm

App no longer invisible on Android Market

The GSM version of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus appears to have added official support for Google's Wallet app, which now appears in the Android Market for AT&T subscribers. Early buyers were able to run the NFC payment app, however the title was invisible when attempting to search for it in the Android Market directly from the phone.

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Google takes signups for Galaxy Nexus on Sprint

01/29, 5:30am

Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint takes signups

Google has posted a signup page for the Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus. Potential early adopters can get information about when the Android 4.0 phone hits the carrier and also might get news of "Nexus products, services, and features." Those who put in a ZIP code can get locations for shops when orders start.

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Sprint drops WiMAX phones for LTE, 'all' to get NFC

01/14, 7:55pm

Sprint to move phones wholesale to 4G and NFC

Sprint in commentary during CES confrimed that it was dropping WiMAX on smartphones. The initial LTE smartphones were ultimately representing a full-scale switch to the technology for 4G phones, PCMag was told. The carrier was being more aggressive than it had suggested before and, when promising LTE in mid-year, had meant between January and June, Owens explained.

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Sprint confirms LTE Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper, Sierra hotspot

01/09, 4:50pm

Sprint unveils first LTE devices

Sprint on Monday ended some rumors and detailed its first three LTE devices. At the front is its own version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Android 4.0 flagship will be identical to the Verizon model but will be the only version so far to be officially blessed with Google Wallet support, letting it use its NFC to pay at MasterCard's PayPass readers in the US.

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Sprint touts Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper with Google Wallet

01/09, 1:50pm

Launch timing and prices remain unclear

Sprint has finally posted its Galaxy Nexus page and confirmed launch plans for LG's viper handset, following an advertisement campaign that appeared to launch ahead of schedule. The Nexus teaser does not offer many surprises, aside from a detail pointing to support for the Google Wallet NFC payment system.

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Google Wallet ported to Galaxy Nexus in hack-free version

12/18, 1:20pm

Google Wallet gets unofficial, easy-load APK

Following a set of hacked installs, explorers have posted a much easier unofficial install of Google Wallet for the Galaxy Nexus. The new version on the XDA-Developers forums is a standard APK that loads much like any non-Market app. Its only current software need is Android 4.0.2.

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Google Wallet hacked on to Verizon Galaxy Nexus

12/16, 6:25pm

Owners even get $10 bonus from Google for using it

Although Verizon only released the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus earlier this week, enthusiasts already have posted hacks to expand the Android 4.0 smartphone's functionality. One such effort has leveraged the phone's inbuilt NFC capabilities and created a ROM which supports Android Market), users can load in a version where Google Wallet is already set. It works at the same PayPass areas as the Nexus S and otherwise runs as well as it would otherwise.

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Flurry: iOS app starts still three times larger than Android

12/13, 2:15pm

Flurry shows Android dev ratio still low

Despite increases in device share, iOS app development is still three times larger, Flurry said Monday. New app starts on Android had actually declined in ratio from the start of 2011 to the end, shrinking from 37 percent to 27 percent in a fall estimate. iOS development had grown by an equal number of points and was now up to 73 of starts.

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Study: Google Wallet keeps too much unguarded data

12/13, 1:20pm

Google Wallet credit card data too accessible

Research firm ViaForensics has performed a study on a rooted smartphone with Google Wallet preloaded and concluded that the software doesn't encrypt sensitive payment card information. This includes the last four digits of a credit card number, balance, credit limit, expiration date, transactions and other sensitive information. The data is unencrypted and stored in SQLite databases.

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Google Wallet could reach UK ahead of summer Olympics

12/09, 10:30am

Google Wallet rumored spreading to Britain

Google Wallet might leave the US for the first time based on the claims of French paper Les Echos. A trial run of the NFC-based wireless payment system would reportedly start up in early 2012 with the anticipation of having it ready for the summer Olympics, which start in London on July 27. Banks, distributors, and stores were supposedly in talks.

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Verizon denies blocking Google Wallet, talks with Google

12/06, 2:30pm

Verizon says Wallet block is security

Verizon on Tuesday denied blocking Google Wallet on the Galaxy Nexus. Spokesman Jeffrey Nelson claimed that the nature of the NFC-based payment system wasn't just top-level and had to be integrated into a "new, secure and proprietary hardware element" to work properly. He was adamant that, despite the app not being on the device or in Android Market, it wasn't a case of Verizon trying to censor apps.

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Verizon may block Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus to push Isis

12/05, 11:15pm

Verizon may bar Google competition with Isis NFC

Verizon was accused Monday of deliberately blocking Google Wallet on its version of the Galaxy Nexus. Although the new Nexus has the needed NFC chip and is stock Android, 9to5 had heard that Wallet was being screened from Android Market. The objective would supposedly be to block a competitor to the upcoming multi-carrier Isis payment system due next year.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets unofficial Google Wallet hack

11/28, 6:20pm

NFC-service available as Verizon preps to ship

When Verizon first ships the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus next month, the Android 4.0-based smartphone is not going to support Google Wallet, at least officially. The Android community is not waiting. Developers at MoDaCo already have posted a hack to offer this functionality.

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