Google Wallet Launches (Officially)

Sprint Nexus S users get new way to pay

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Google Wallet Launches (Officially)
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Update: Google has now gone ahead and officially announced the launch of Google Wallet, complete with another video. Google VP of Payments Osama Bedier writes:

We’ve been testing it extensively, and today we’re releasing the first version of the app to Sprint. That means we’re beginning to roll out Google Wallet to all Sprint Nexus S 4G phones through an over-the-air update—just look for the “Wallet” app.

When we announced Google Wallet, we pledged a commitment to an open commerce ecosystem. We appreciate Citi and MasterCard for being our launch partners. And today, Visa, Discover and American Express have made available their NFC specifications that could enable their cards to be added to future versions of Google Wallet.

Google Wallet is launching today, it would seem. Google hasn’t made the official announcement just yet, but it’s expected anytime now.

MG Siegler got ahold of a document that were reportedly sent to partners. In the document, which he provides a picture of, it says:

Google Wallet is launching September 19, 2011. Google Wallet is a smart phone application (app) that allows owners of the Sprint Nexus S Android phone to use their smart phone as a wallet. This application or app will transform the way clients pay. Once Google Wallet is installed, the Sprint Nexus S phone may be used as a contactless (Tap and Pay) device at all PayPass enabled merchant terminals. Google Wallet is currently only available with Nexus S Android phones running Android Operating System (OS) 2.3.4 (Gingerbread).

Here’s the video Google provided back when they announced Google Wallet:

Here’s a teaser they put out a few days ago, featuring George Costanza from Seinfeld:

GigaOm found a Google Wallet logo on a MasteCard PayPass NFC reader at Peet’s Coffee in San Francisco, seemingly providing more confirmation that Google Wallet is launching.

More when the official announcement comes.

Until then, here are 43 things you should know about Google Wallet.

Google Wallet Launches (Officially)
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  • http://www.unizikforum.com unizik

    google wallet may make a move in the app industry. But i think google should concentrate and better their already made products than producing new once.

  • http://www.TheOkayNetwork.com Steven

    But will this become an option for payments to Adsense publishers? I know a lot of publishers in India who would love something like that over getting checks in the mail.

  • http://www.teknolima.com/ halim

    after every action they do, google sure have ambition to be allround online solution company

  • Waughon

    Yes its launched finally by Google but with limitation availability.They are only available on Nexus S 4G with Sprint’s network only.If you don’t have this network,then you can’t get it.

  • http://www.nua.ie Nuasoft Web Design

    From a marketers point of view it’s great but from a payment point of view I dont see any advantage.

    It’s as much hastle to take out your phone and select the app and pay using it as it is to pull out a credit card and tap in your pin code.

    Also, you have the security issues if your phone is lost/stolen.

    Unless they use it in conjunction with some kind of biometric security to ensure I’m the only one who can make payments I think I’ll stick with my credit card.

  • Steve

    Fuck me, phone thefts are about to take a massive up-turn.

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