Google Wallet Now Officially Open and Ready for Business
Google today announced the general availability of its Google Wallet service for Sprint and owners of the Samsung Nexus S Android smartphone. Google Wallet is an open platform for payments and offers at the point of sale. Google said it makes use of your phone to tap, pay and save. Google Wallet uses NFC (near-field communications) and GPS to let people use phones for commercial transactions. Google Wallet works with MasterCard's PayPass system, and Sprint, Citi, which are among the first Google Wallet partners. Others following soon include Visa, Discover, and American Express. Google Wallet supports loyalty programs, such as supermarket club cards, and automatically applies any earned discounts to the purchase. Receipts are stored electronically on the phone. The system was trialled in New York City and San Francisco over the last few months. Some of the first retailers on board are Macy's, Walgreens, and Subway. Google is offering a $10 bonus to new users who sign up before the end of the year. There is a tool available on Google's web site to help potential users see where they might use the service. Google hasn't said if or when Google Wallet will become available to other handsets and other carriers.
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Samsung Reveals Price Points for Gear Sport Watch and Icon X Headphones
Samsung today said its Gear Sport smartwatch and Icon X 2018 headphones will be available for pre-order starting October 13, with general retail availability to follow October 27. The Gear Sport, a fitness-focused smartwatch that runs Samsung's Tizen platform, costs $299.99.
Google Unfolds A Brand New Wallet App for Android
Google today released a fully redesigned Google Wallet application for Android devices. Google Wallet is not an app for making mobile payments at retail.
Google Launching Android Pay Today
Google said it is making Android Pay, its reborn mobile payment service, available to Android handsets beginning today. The app will be pushed to small batches of users over the next week, according to Google.
Google Wallet for iOS Gets A Feature-Removing Makeover
Google has revised the Google Wallet app for the iPhone to put it in line with the re-imagined Wallet app that now appears on Android devices. The Google Wallet app is now a simple tool for managing the Google Wallet Card and making payments to individuals.
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