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Google to shutter "tap and pay" for Google Wallet on non KitKat phones starting April 14th

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Google is 86'ing "tap and pay" for handsets running Android 4.3 or lower, starting on April 14th. In other words, after that date, only Android models running KitKat will support Google Wallet's "tap and pay" capabilities that allow you to tap your phone to a pad in the area of the POS checkout machine, and have your bill paid using a debit or credit card that you've synced to your virtual wallet.

Keep in mind that this does not mean Google Wallet is closing for those phones running Android 4.3 and lower. Only "tap and pay" is closing on those models.You will still be able to use Google Wallet to store loyalty cards, send money to friends, and family, and make purchases using the Google Wallet Card. Again, just to make it clear, only those Android phones running KitKat will support "tap and pay."

"We wanted to let you know about an update to Google Wallet that might change the way you use the app. Right now it looks like you’re using tap and pay with a device running an Android version older than 4.4 KitKat. On the newest version of Android, tap and pay works with different technology for an improved experience. As a result, starting on A​p​r​i​l 1​4, 2​0​1​4, tap and pay will no longer work for devices with older Android versions...Tap and pay will be available for most devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. If you are able to upgrade to KitKat now, you can check if your device supports tap and pay. Supported devices will display a tile in your "My Wallet" screen that tells you to set up tap and pay. For devices that are not eligible for Android 4.4 KitKat or don’t support tap and pay, you can still use the Google Wallet app to store all of your loyalty cards and offers, send money to your friends, view your orders, and use the Google Wallet Card to make purchases."-Google

If you are a constant user of Google Wallet's "tap and pay," this is another reason to hope that your current Android model will soon receive Android 4.4 or Android 4.4.2. With the update, Android changed from using a combination of firmware and hardware to make the "tap and pay" feature secure. With KitKat, Google employs a host-based card emulation system that uses the wallet app and the CPU on the phone to make secure payments. 

Don't look so glum, this is not the end of the world. If you don't have a phone that uses KitKat, you can just use your Google Wallet card like a debit card. Or, you can hope that your current handset will soon be updated to KitKat. And if there are no options, well then, you can always pay cash for your purchases just like cavemen did in the old days before mobile payments were so widespread.

Starting April 14th, only Android users with KitKt will be able to tap and pay although users will still be able to send money to friends and store loyalty cards in their Google Wallet
Starting April 14th, only Android users with KitKt will be able to tap and pay although users will still be able to send money to friends and store loyalty cards in their Google Wallet
Starting April 14th, only Android users with KitKt will be able to tap and pay although users will still be able to send money to friends and store loyalty cards in their Google Wallet

Starting April 14th, only Android users with KitKt will be able to tap and pay although users will still be able to send money to friends and store loyalty cards in their Google Wallet


source: GoogleWallet via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 15 Mar 2014, 06:12 1

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I wish my country have "tap and pay", because it makes payment more easier.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 06:56 2

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Tap and pay is a gimmick. I'd rather just pull out my wallet and pay with cash or card. I don't need Google spying on me when I shop.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 08:09 6

4. Anshulonweb (Posts: 279; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


when apple will come up with something similar it would be considered magical and revolutionary...... when Google comes up with something new it is considered gimmick...... typical apple fanboy

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 10:08 1

9. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Typical Android fanboy, always taking something as a shot at Android.

Tap to pay is a gimmick regardless who comes up with it.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 10:37 2

11. Finalflash (Posts: 1452; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Why is it a gimmick? I use the tap and pay on my credit card and it is easy as hell to use. I would rather my phone have it so I don't have to carry around multiple cards and leave them at home if necessary. It removes the need for unnecessary pins and actually gives things like the fingerprint reader in an iPhone/S5 some purpose instead of just being gimmicky protection.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 12:22 1

15. JunitoNH (Posts: 839; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


You do know Google didn't come up with NFC, right? Apple just feel is not same to implement safely. If you want to see how NFC is supposed to be implemented, just visit Japan.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:10 1

17. lyndon420 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I'm sure he knows that they didn't invent NFC, but they were one of the first to put it into a phone. How do they do it in Japan?

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 07:50 6

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Normally I'm not big on features being pulled for older devices, but it sounds like it's due to Google wanting to ensure maximum security for Wallet payments, which is definitely reasonable.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 08:15 1

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Absolutely. Security first, always.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 08:47 1

6. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 264; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


Well, it looks like 90% of all android phones will not have the feature anymore. Good going google -___-

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 09:17 1

7. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's better than someone getting hacked then suing Google over it.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 10:07

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That happens regardless.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 10:14 1

10. sprockkets (Posts: 1081; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


The vast majority of phones can't use it thanks to carriers blocking it. Google had to do this just to work around their BS.

Since their Nexus devices were always able to do this, most won't suffer. Except the Galaxy Nexus thanks to TI OMAP team no longer around to give updated drivers.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 10:39 1

12. Finalflash (Posts: 1452; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Well chances are anyone using this likely had a 4.4 capable phone because I don't think most people with low end phones were rocking the touchless pay features. Also, now there are many cheap phones with kitkat like Moto G and all, so it shouldn't hurt too much in the long run.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 10:58

13. hurrycanger (Posts: 785; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


The Moto G doesn't have NFC though.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 12:14 1

14. GoBears (Posts: 333; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I'm sure the brilliant devs at XDA will find a workaround. Those peeps are awesome.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 00:14

16. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Sometime, I think google should shut down some features of their apps for older platforms, but not in a way that it disrupts major functionality, only features like this, where it gives an advantage in functionality, but when gone, doesn't disrupt daily usage.
This shall force manufacturers to provide updates quicker and effiiently, rather than being sluggish and not providing what android contains. Yes, I am refferring to Samsung, they couldn't even provide ART runtime after kitkat update to their devices; it may be experimental phase, but other manufacturers are providing it.

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