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

Google to shutter
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."

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.

source: GoogleWallet via AndroidAuthority



1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

4. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 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

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Typical Android fanboy, always taking something as a shot at Android. Tap to pay is a gimmick regardless who comes up with it.

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

15. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Absolutely. Security first, always.

6. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

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

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That happens regardless.

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

The Moto G doesn't have NFC though.

14. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

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

16. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 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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