Today Google Wallet received an update that added a new experience called SingleTap. Unfortunately the service is still unavailable to the majority of Android owners. (Google only supports the Sprint Nexus S 4G). Hackers have found a way to enable Google Wallet on the AT&T and T-Mobile versions of the Nexus S, but most customers are waiting for official support.
SingleTap allows Google Wallet customers to receive exclusive offers, track loyalty rewards programs and make payments with a single tap of the device. Check out people’s reactions to the new experience in the video below. New partners include American Eagle Outfitters, The Container Store, Foot Locker, Guess, Jamba Juice, Macy’s, OfficeMax and Toys”R”Us with a slew of others coming soon.
As far as we can tell, the hold up appears to be with the carriers and their negotiations with Google over the revenue split. We have no knowledge of how the agreements are being made, but I assume that the carrier is getting a small cut of the transaction fee similar to the revenue they get from Google for other Android services.
We reached out to Google for comment on more devices receiving Google Wallet, but have yet to hear back. Hopefully they’ll provide an update at tomorrow’s big Ice Cream Sandwich event.