Google Wallet Now Supports Any Debit Or Credit Card

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.

Google Wallet Service Goes Live! Available On Sprint’s Nexus S 4G

Back in May, Google announced its Google Wallet service, which as the name suggests makes your Android phone your wallet.

Today, Google has released its Wallet’ app for Sprint’s Nexus S 4G. With the Wallet app, Nexus S 4G owners can use their phone instead of their CitiBank Credit Card to pay their bills. The Wallet app works via the NFC chip found on the Nexus S. Yeah, Google finally found a good use of the NFC chip, which it introduced with the Nexus S nearly 10 months ago.

Below is a video of Google Wallet in action-:

Right now, the Google Wallet service is available for only for CitiBank and MasterCard customers, with Visa, Discover and American Express already supporting the service. As a gesture of thanks to early adopters, Google is also adding $10 free bonus to Google Prepaid card, if Wallet users set it up before this year’s end.

Interested Nexus S 4G owners can find more information about the Google’s Wallet service and app from here.

Nexus S 4G owners will get the Google Wallet app via an OTA update, which will also bump the Android version to 2.3.7.