Google Wallet comes to the iPhone, obviously doesn't include NFC payments

Google Wallet comes to the iPhone, obviously doesn't include NFC payments
Yesterday, a rollout began of Google Wallet for Android bringing a massive update that will make the app compatible with all Android devices and fundamentally changed the purpose and functionality of the app. The focus has moved away from NFC payments to offering an easy way to send money (similar to PayPal), and allow users to store loyalty card information and various offers.

Today, Google has released Google Wallet for the iPhone. Surprisingly, this is not a version 1.0 app. The App Store information actually puts this at Google Wallet version 2.0.10206, which puts it close to even with the Android version. Google Wallet for iPhone offers most of the functionality that you would expect from the new app including sending and receiving money, storing loyalty cards, storing offers, and being notified based on your location when a saved offer can be used nearby. 

Not surprisingly, the one function that doesn't exist in the iPhone version is the option to tap to pay using NFC in stores. Given that the iPhone still doesn't have NFC, and may never adopt the hardware, it would have been a big surprise for Google to include that. 

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9 Comments

1. pimix2009

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

Everything Google is also in Iphone. how sad. No wonder these iphone fans always think their phone are the bomb

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Maybe because the iPhone just works? Why should google deny their services to iphone users? That's a huge user base and it wouldn't make good business sense.

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Iphone doesnt have NFC still kinda irrelevant.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

NFC is still pretty niche. It's not a major feature. Find me a good use for it rather than just being there for the sake of being there.

2. gallison1983

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

It's called being smart. Google knows that it won't reach everyone developing solely for Android. So it goes where it's potential revenue leads are (minus Windows Phone for some strange reason).

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Windows phone still needs growth for Google to consider it but yeah the more people use wallet the more and more people will use wallet

4. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Google's moving away from NFC. Other than SBeam and NFC tags, what else are you using your NFC for? Tons of people are wondering why Apple doesn't have NFC yet.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Can you provide facts to back up that statement? If Google wallet has a slow adoption blame Verizon and company for having Isis and blocking the feature on their network. Apple will adopt NFC eventually as many patents have suggested, but they can't install all those features on the iPhone yet or they will run out of "innovation"

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Also forgot to add, many accessories are being developed with NFC pairing.

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