All credit/debit cards now supported in updated Google Wallet
Google have released an update to their Google Wallet app which will enable more people to be able to use it. Previously, once the free $10 credit had run out, you could only use a Citi Mastercard or prepaid debit card with the application. With the latest Google Wallet update support for Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express debit and credit cards has been added. Robin Dua, Google Wallet product manager, explained that Google had changed their technical approach for storing cards which has allowed them to support all debit and credit cards.
The card details are now stored on secure Google servers, where as previously they were stored on the phone in the handset’s secure storage area. Along with support for all debit and credit cards, Google have added a remote wipe feature to Google Wallet. In case your phone is ever stolen or lost, you can delete all the information stored on the phone from the Google online management site.
Unfortunately the update hasn’t added support for any more devices and only eight devices are still currently supported. Of those eight, six are Sprint locked handsets: Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S3, LT Viper 4G LTE, HTC Evo 4G LTE and LG Optimus Elite. The Virgin Mobile locked Optimus Elite is also supported, as is the GSM/HSPA+ Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The recently released Asus Nexus 7 tablet is also supported but, only the Wi-Fi model.
If you own one of the supported handsets, you can get the update from the Google Play Store on your phone right now. Or if you haven’t used the app before, you can go ahead and download it to your device for free.
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