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Google Opens Wallet To All Cards, Adds Remote Lock

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Aug 1, 2012, 1:53 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

Google today launched a new version of Google Wallet that works with all major credit cards. Previous versions worked only with a Citi MasterCard or Google Prepaid card. The new app also works with a remote lock feature that lets users remotely disable Wallet from the web, if their phone is lost or stolen. The lock feature prevents any transactions from being authorized from the locked device, and, if the phone is online, will remotely reset the Wallet app, clearing all sensitive Wallet data. To make the app work with all credit and debit cards, the service now partly cloud-based, storing card data on secure Google servers instead of in the secure element on the phone. The new version is available now from Google Play, and requires a compatible NFC-enabled Android phone.

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Aug 1, 2012, 7:26 PM

Will credit card info remain on phone?

I have a gsm galaxy nexus and love it and I use Google Wallet at least once a day. Any idea what happens to the secure element on the phone and the credit card info I saved on it? Was this erased when I did the update this afternoon or will it remain on the phone until I did a full reset?
I have heard that to make the new version work you'll have to uninstall the old version first. CC info in the new Wallet should be saved in the cloud rather than on the phone. Not sure if this means that you'll only be able to make a payment when yo...

Aug 1, 2012, 8:16 PM

i dont get it.

phones with android is made by google.
so why does google need carriers permission to install wallet?
i want wallet on my att android phoneS, damn it!
You are mistaken. Android phones are NOT made by Google. Only the base Android OS is made by Google, which is then licensed out to OEMs to produce phones, which are then sold to (and often rebranded or even rebuilt for) specific carriers. Both the ...
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