Google Wallet has been a disappointment for the big G until now. The service that was introduced way back in late 2010 with the Nexus S, has failed to garner any interest among the consumers. The reasons behind this are many including the lack of support for Google Wallet from the network operators themselves, the limited range of cards that was accepted by the service (Only CitiBank) and other security related issues.
Today, Google has released a new ‘cloud-based’ version of Google Wallet. The new version allows users to add any debit or credit card to their Google Wallet account, along with the ability to remotely disable any card from their Google Wallet account. The company has also rolled out an updated version of the Google Wallet app for its Android users.
Google Wallet also no longer uses the secure NFC chip on your phone to store your card details and other sensitive information. Except for Citi’s MasterCard, owners of any other card will see transactions on their card from Google instead of the original merchant.
Hopefully, these changes from Google will make Wallet more popular in the United States, and carriers other than Sprint will finally see it as a viable option.