“Today, Google announced it’s rolling out a new version of the Google Wallet app for all phones running Android 2.3 or higher. This makes the app compatible with the majority of Android handsets,” Ron Amadeo reports for Ars Technica. “Previously the app required an NFC chip with a secure element, something only Nexus devices and about 12 other phones had.”
“What Google has done is add features that non-NFC equipped phones can use,” Amadeo reports. “You can now send money to an e-mail address, just like PayPal.”
Amadeo reports, “Since Wallet no longer requires NFC, there’s no reason for it to be Android-only anymore. We wouldn’t be surprised to see an iOS app (assuming Apple allows it) sometime soon.”
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