Google Drops NFC Requirement for Google Wallet, iOS App Now Available

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google today launched its Google Wallet payments app for iOS, allowing users to send money via email, store credit and debit cards, keep track of loyalty programs, and more.

    Apple has steadfastly refused to adopt NFC and because it has fallen out of popularity, Google recently ceased requiring NFC technology in order to utilize the app on Android, shifting its focus from mobile payments to focus on loyalty cards, merchant offers, and discounts.

    With the new format, an app was able to be created for iOS, but because iOS devices do not support NFC, Google Wallet does not include the tap-to-pay functionality of the Android app.
    Google Wallet can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google Drops NFC Requirement for Google Wallet, iOS App Now Available
  2. larrylaffer macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
    NFC could be a good thing folks.

    Also fristy psoty.
  3. Iconoclysm macrumors 68000


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    Mobile payments are a good thing but NFC isn't a necessity for that to happen.
  4. theheadguy macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2005
    I'm happy about this mainly because I want a solid alternative to PayPal.
  5. Szarky macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2010
    Exactly. I'd say a fingerprint sensor is a necessity though ;)
  6. r-m macrumors 6502a

    May 7, 2010
    US only still, I guess?
    I'm in the UK and the link opens up "google search" app page on the App Store.
  7. phillytim macrumors 6502a


    Aug 12, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Meh. Google's getting desperate. Just as Blackberry is with BBM going multi-platform.
  8. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    why would i need to send money to other people via google wallet?
  9. Repo macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2009
    Multi-platform != desperation, rather, it will likely lead to wider adoption if it proves useful.
  10. Plutonius macrumors 603


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    Google goes anywhere it can make a profit.


    Send some to me to see how well it works :D.
  11. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    meh, they have enough of my data, my bank accounts won't be part of it...
  12. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009

    Don't all companies go anywhere they can see themselves making a profit?
  13. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    At least I will use touch-id more than NFC.
  14. Plutonius macrumors 603


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    That was my point. People are claiming Google is desperate but it's just a matter of them going where the money is.
  15. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    Easy way to pay someone if you both have Wallet. Much like the Chase Person-to-Person QuickPay but does not require a either party to belong to a particular bank. Just add the Wallet feature to your existing Google account. All my family, friends, and co-workers have at least one Google email account- so I can see this being useful.
  16. TXCherokee macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2012
    My two cents....

    One example: My friends and I regularly get together at one of our houses and, in our case, play board games or LAN games. Eventually, we order food. One person usually pays with a Credit Card and we all chip in. Always, there is one or two people who are cashless at the time. As 'who owes who' eventually equals out in our group, this is not a big deal. However, a system like Google Wallet eliminates that problem.

    Paypal could also work, but we use Google+ to coordinate our events, so this would be easier as everyone already has a gmail account.

    Other similar situations could apply where one person covers a bill for convience sake.
  17. Jzaque macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2011
  18. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    From what I can tell, NFC has one major benefit over Bluetooth Smart (aka, Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE): cheaper for merchants. Unpowered RFID tags are cheap and plentiful, and can be readily placed just about anywhere.

    Bluetooth Smart, on the other hand, needs to be powered and costs more (although still affordable enough). Estimote's Beacons, for instance, will cost $99.

    But in return, Bluetooth Smart is not limited to close proximity (up to nearly 2000 inches vs. NFC's meager up to 8 inches). And it is significantly faster (about 2 Mbps vs. NFC's 400 Kbps) and arguably more universal in terms of compatibility.
  19. olowott macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
  20. Perfect Score macrumors member

    Perfect Score

    Aug 15, 2013
    Toronto Canada
    Companies are fighting to become the standards. Just like VHS/Beta, BluRay/HD DVD, it's a race to become the most dominant mobile financial service.

    Only the stakes are so much higher than recording a TV show

  21. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Anybody know where a good review of the service is? I honestly don't know much about Google Wallet. I'd really just like to ditch some of the cards in my wallet. I found out that Kroger now lets you add your Plus Card to Passbook, so that's out.
  22. rish macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2006
    London UK
    Go to a google forum? Or better still Zdnet/Cnet?
  23. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    So now Google not only knows what I'm searching for - they'll know exactly what I bought.
  24. linuxcooldude macrumors 68020

    Mar 1, 2010
    Even though its not overly expensive at 10 cents a piece, putting it on thousands of pieces of merchandise adds up quickly.
  25. zhenlek macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2012
    Turns out NFC isn't the 'next big thing' afterall lol...

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