Oct 03 AT 12:01 PM Edgar Cervantes 11 Comments

XDA has Google Wallet working on all Nexus S devices


Google recently released Google Wallet. This was meant to dust off that NFC chip, which is hardly (if ever) used. Sadly, this service is not available for all Nexus S owners; only those on Sprint’s network (Nexus S 4G) have access. This exclusivity has many Nexus S owners unhappy. But if you can’t change the rules, there are always workarounds.

Thanks to the guys over at XDA Developers, it’s now possible to use Google Wallet on your (T-Mobile/Unlocked) Samsung Nexus S. Things are not as simple as you’d imagine, though. At least not for most users. You do need to work your way around some custom ROMing and a follow few other steps that involve booting into recovery, wiping and flashing.

The word on the street is that you’ll need one of the latest CyanogenMod 7 Nightlies for this to work; Android 2.3.7 seems to be necessary. Successful reports mostly come from users on builds #211 and #212.

Those who are comfortable playing around with devices can now get in on the Google Wallet action. As always, be careful, back up your data, and follow the instructions at XDA Developers. You should already know this, but we’ll mention it just in case. These processes can void your warranty and there is a possibility of “bricking” your device. If you are not comfortable with flashing ROMs and other such processes, we recommend you stay away from this. If you do proceed, do your fair share of research beforehand; if something goes wrong, you are on your own.

It is disappointing to have to go through so much just to get Google Wallet working on the good old Nexus S. Is anyone out there going to try this method? People have reported successful sign-ups and even received a free $10 bucks for their first purchase. Those who are trying this, please sound off in the comments and let us know how it works.

Also, we haven’t heard much from Google Wallet users since its release. Do you guys use it much? Is it a helpful tool? Or was it just fun in the beginning and has now lost its hype?

Via: Engadget

Source: XDA Developers

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    Xda is always a great source for trying things out of context. i love them and their will to make everything available to everyone.

    well done guys!

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    My wife has the Nexus S 4G running 2.3.7. To paraphrase, she basically said that Wallet was creepy and scary and she would never use it.

    • Warden Chinbach

      Your wife has no idea how things work then.

      • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

        his wife is entitled to her own opinion. having your money in a system that can be used by someone who steals your phone is a worry.

        • Usman Ansari

          So she should stick solely to cash, because that’s the only method with no risk of being commandeered, unless at gunpoint of course. Forget online shopping and credit cards… all of that is just as vulnerable as Google Wallet.

  • daniel

    “It is disappointing to have to go through so much just to get Google Wallet working on the good old Nexus S.”

    disappointing yes, but more about money than anything else. Citi/sprint/google have an exclusive agreement for the rest of the year. I’m sure in Jan it will officially be on all nexus S


    Tne 3 month wait is not really a bad thing.. Gives us time to see how it goes

  • CTown

    Don’t worry about all the steps, I’m sure it would eventually either get accepted into CM7 for all versions of the Nexus S or be made into a easy to flash zip add-on.

    Really cool for them to get it working. Does anyone else notice that the most knowledgeable people about a particular phone’s hardware end up gravitating toward the CM project?

  • irishrally

    XDA devs are trying to steal your monies!

    Only joking. Seriously, totally kidding. XDA is awesome and I will try this now.

    • irishrally

      Google Wallet working on tmobile Nexus S i9020t. Used it twice today already. Love it.

  • Rob

    Works great and you have youre own pin number so its safe to use