Sep 19 AT 1:35 PM Edgar Cervantes 10 Comments

Video: Google Wallet available soon; who’s signing up? (Update)

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We’ve been patiently waiting for the release of Google Wallet since its announcement in May. While we haven’t been talking much about it lately, this service is always present in the back of our minds. And it seems the wait is almost over; the service should be available anytime now.

Google recently released a commercial for Google Wallet[1] called “Our First Google Wallet Customer.” (The lucky individual happens to be George Constanza from the show Seinfeld). When advertisements start showing up, it means it’s probably time to get ready for action. We’ve posted the video below for your enjoyment, so check it out.

Yesterday, a leaked document[2] suggested Google Wallet was to be released today, September 19. (Click on the thumbnail to see full image). We were holding our thoughts until we had more details, but it seems this rumor is true. Google Wallet has been released, but it’s not available just yet. You can, however, sign up for updates at the official site.

If this wasn’t enough to get your fingers tickling, the following image[3] will definitely get you going. Notifications, the official site and commercials are fun, but when you start seeing payment options that support Google Wallet in the wild, things get much more enticing.

Ian Kennedy from GigaOM was roaming the streets of San Francisco when he felt the craving for some caffeine. He ran into this  at Peet’s Coffee. A Google Wallet supported NFC machine, ready for business. It must have been frustrating to not be able to use it just yet.

This little machine’s mere presence means this service could very well become available soon. Maybe even today. You should definitely stay tuned for more information on Google Wallet. Of course, the only NFC-enabled device is still the Samsung Nexus S, but Google did promise to release NFC stickers to place in devices.

For now, let’s continue being patient as we wait for this service to be fully released. Who’s hoping to be able to pay with Android devices? Are you guys signing up for this?

Update[4]

It is finally arriving! Sprint Samsung Nexus S 4G have started to receive Google Wallet via the latest OTA update. This would be software update version GWK74, and it includes Google Wallet on-board, along with some security fixes.

If you have not received the update yet, just sit tight and wait for the notification to show up. This OTA update is being pushed to users with the latest software (GRJ90), so go ahead and update if you are still on a previous version. To check your version, simply do the following:

Check the Software Version on Your Mobile Device

  • Press the Home button > Menu button .
  • Touch Settings > About phone
  • The Build number shows the current software version on your mobile device.

Note: If your current software version is GRJ90, you will receive a network notification for the GWK74 software update.

Let us know when you get it, and of course, how it is working. What will be the first thing you will be purchasing with your device?

References

  1. Via Phandroid
  2. Via Android Community
  3. Via GigaOM
  4. Source: Samsung

Source: Google Wallet

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  • http://blog.tenkely.net tenkely

    I’ve already signed up on their landing page but sounds like my Nexus S on T-Mobile is not supported. Lame.

  • irishrally

    Unfortunately, Google Wallet will only work with the Sprint version of the Nexus S at the moment. I signed up for notification anyway but this is disappointing.

    • irishrally

      Sh*t, first post wasn’t there when I started typing. Here is more info through krohnjw @ xda:

      Because Google partnered with Sprint to develop it as an alternative to efforts that were already in progress.

      T-Mobile is partnered with AT&T and Verizon with Isis for their mobile payments. Rumor so far is that T-Mobile is resisting allowing it on their network due to their involvement with Isis.

  • Roberta

    Its probably as successful as google+ …..people are subscribing like crazy and then….
    nothing happens…..silence.

    ….death

    • riper

      Roberta, what a pessimistic attitude! This is so much bigger than a social network – not everyone wants to be part of a social online network but everyone needs to pay for stuff!

      This will be amazing!

      Go Google!!!

  • Panatella

    So, what is the ethical side of having your banking done by an advertising company?

    I’d sign up though, in a year or two, when the nfc payment saturates and all the bugs are taken out. I think a system like this needs other companies giving it a go. When the NFC-payment market grows up, stable and available standards will definetly beat creditcards an PIN systems.

  • Ragnar

    i’d love to be able to use it, but i don’t think german retailers will adopt any time soon… :/

  • SliestDragon

    Man, I’m going to miss not having NFC on my device. Too bad my Sensation could have come with one. A well. Won’t be long before I have the next Nexus though. :)

  • Mark

    Yeaaaaaaaah…..I don’t think I want my banking information handled by an advertising company that already knows where I live, what I eat, whom I email, text and talk to, what websites I visit and what videos I watch. Yeahhhh…not happening. Seems like a nice service though.

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    This is rad, sucks I won’t be seeing this near my area in a really long long time, anyway all good things worth the wait.

  1. I’ve already signed up on their landing page but sounds like my Nexus S on T-Mobile is not supported. Lame.

  2. irishrallyGuest 4 years ago

    Unfortunately, Google Wallet will only work with the Sprint version of the Nexus S at the moment. I signed up for notification anyway but this is disappointing.

    • irishrallyGuest 4 years ago

      Sh*t, first post wasn’t there when I started typing. Here is more info through krohnjw @ xda:

      Because Google partnered with Sprint to develop it as an alternative to efforts that were already in progress.

      T-Mobile is partnered with AT&T and Verizon with Isis for their mobile payments. Rumor so far is that T-Mobile is resisting allowing it on their network due to their involvement with Isis.

  3. RobertaGuest 4 years ago

    Its probably as successful as google+ …..people are subscribing like crazy and then….
    nothing happens…..silence.

    ….death

    • riperGuest 4 years ago

      Roberta, what a pessimistic attitude! This is so much bigger than a social network – not everyone wants to be part of a social online network but everyone needs to pay for stuff!

      This will be amazing!

      Go Google!!!

  4. So, what is the ethical side of having your banking done by an advertising company?

    I’d sign up though, in a year or two, when the nfc payment saturates and all the bugs are taken out. I think a system like this needs other companies giving it a go. When the NFC-payment market grows up, stable and available standards will definetly beat creditcards an PIN systems.

  5. RagnarGuest 4 years ago

    i’d love to be able to use it, but i don’t think german retailers will adopt any time soon… :/

  6. Man, I’m going to miss not having NFC on my device. Too bad my Sensation could have come with one. A well. Won’t be long before I have the next Nexus though. :)

  7. MarkGuest 4 years ago

    Yeaaaaaaaah…..I don’t think I want my banking information handled by an advertising company that already knows where I live, what I eat, whom I email, text and talk to, what websites I visit and what videos I watch. Yeahhhh…not happening. Seems like a nice service though.

  8. This is rad, sucks I won’t be seeing this near my area in a really long long time, anyway all good things worth the wait.