Sep 19 AT 4:25 PM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Google Wallet now available on Sprint Nexus S 4G, coming soon to other carriers’ version?


It took awhile, but that near field communication (NFC) chip inside the Nexus S is finally getting some action. Google just announced that their new Google Wallet app is rolling out to the Sprint Nexus S 4G via an over-the-air update.

Initially the Google Wallet app will let consumers tap-to-pay with their Citi MasterCard account, but the service will soon support Visa, Discover and American Express. Eventually, Google wants to allow you to add all of your payment cards to Google Wallet. Google is also making available a Google Prepaid Card, which can be funded with any of your existing plastic credit cards.

Hit up the official Google Wallet site for all the details on how payments and offers work.

As for the other versions of the Nexus S on AT&T and T-Mobile, there is no mention of when those devices might be supported. Hopefully Google is working with those carriers on an agreement and an announcement is forthcoming.

If you have a Sprint Nexus S 4G, let us know if you get a chance to try it out. Do you think Google Wallet could actually replace your physical wallet?

Via: Google Blog

Source: Google Wallet

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  • seven2k

    I tried to get it no luck…..hope its good….

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  • Dustin Earley

    I’ve had my T-Mobile Nexus S since launch and I’m feelin’ a little left out today.

    • razgriz94

      I feel exactly the same way. NFC was one of the reasons I choose to get the Nexus S. Hopefully Google is quick to roll it out to the other Nexus S variants, especially the first one. I would think it’d be in their best interest to make Google Wallet as broadly available as possible.

  • Brent Pierce

    Which phones have NFC? Does the New Galaxy S II?

    • razgriz94

      At this moment the Nexus S, and certain versions of the Galaxy S II have NFC built in. I believe the Sprint, and soon to be released T-Mobile version of the GSII have NFC, as well as the Russian(I think?) international version.

      • Brent Pierce


  • tagon

    So any idea on how long before you could expect to receive the update?

  • PracticAndroid

    I am TOTALLY going to try this. I’m ready to go with my citi account, I just need the update! This was the hole reason I broke my contract with Verizon. Glad this came sooner than later!

    P.s. love the site!

  • pitacrisps

    I am not okay with the whole NFC chip. Down rate me all you want, but the last thing I need is my phone getting stolen and someone having access to pretty much everything in my life via my phone. And it is NOT that hard to get past the “lock” screen.
    Also, my visa is a “pay wave” card and that doesn’t seem to have taken off very well, most credit card readers don’t use it. I don’t foresee this technology being taken advantage of either.

    • 666

      I hope you don’t carry your Credit/Debit/Cash around either. You never know, you might just drop it at any moment. Those don’t even have any kind of lockscreen! Instant access!

  • SliestDragon

    Man. I need NFC in a device again. Will just have to wait for the next Nexus… :/

  • Mark

    Thanks but no thanks. Don’t think I would want an advertising company having access to all my banking info. Nice interface though.

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Love the idea, but I live outside U.S. so I’ll have to move or wait a long really long time for that to get here haha :-(

  • Richard Yarrell

    Nice technology to have NFC will improve many things another great option. Guess I will just have to wait for this opportunity to arrive in htc devices. I applaud sprint and google for working closely on this technology. In the coming weeks people will be tired of sprint and all the things that will be coming to the best network in the US.

  • nobody

    I just wonna k why we need apps to lunch a app

  • Claudette

    The new iPhone 5 has NFC too and the iOS app is superior.

  • Anthony Domanico

    Yeah, there’s an extent to which I trust Google with my private data.

  • N4Spd

    no thanks. good much information to 1 company that has NO customer support or oversight.

    if they ban your accounts with an algorithm then what.

    better to wait until multiple vendors are available (and maybe wait until some consumer protections rules are established).

  • Mike22345

    I bought a Nexus S 4G from Sprint today. But the application. Google Wallet, is not installed on the phone. It looks like the application will be pushed to the phone via software update. But the update has not arrived yet. I do not know how long it will take for Google Wallet to be installed on my phone. Is there anyone who received the update and installation of the Google Wallet app? The Google Wallet App is not available on the Android Market. It looks like a pre-installed application for the Sprint Nexus S 4G. I wasted whole afternoon talking to Spring customer support; they have no knowledge about the service.

  • Shubham