Oct 17 AT 6:42 PM Taylor Wimberly 6 Comments

Google Wallet intros SingleTap experience, still unavailable to majority of Android owners

Google Wallet

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.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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  • Ryan

    I don’t understand how this is different from any other app for Android where it needs special permission from carriers in order to use. It’s just greedy carriers trying to get more money out of consumers for the same services, I.e. data tethering.

  • rfvgyhn

    Paying for people’s stuff is a neat way to advertise. Even if they weren’t impressed, they will probably be telling their friends the google wallet crew paid for their stuff.

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    I love the idea of Google Wallet and I love how many people I know are just amazed to see it work on the videos and stuff. It sucks this technology is not arriving at my country in a long time.

  • SherlockHomeboy

    Here’s hoping we see Google Wallet on nearly every Android device that launches in 2012.

  • Peter

    Plenty of Android stuff is not available to the majority of Android owners.This is probably the least interesting one to me.

    Google voice
    Google books
    Google movies
    Google music

  • http://www.meshin.com meshin

    Google Wallet has promise. The ability to pay between friends, like PayPal, through a contact book would certainly add a layer of functionality.