New Version of Google Wallet is Coming, You Can Request An Invite Now
Google added yesterday a new line at the top of their Google Waller page, saying that the next version of the service/app is coming soon. They also advise users to request a “damn invite”. The main idea of the update may be complying with all the security requirements of carriers from all over the world, so their app can be used on any NFC supporting device in the world.
Till this moment there have been carriers unhappy with the Google security features in Wallet. They’ve asked the search engine giant to block the app from phones running on their networks, but that happened some time ago. It’s a pity to have a really good app blocked because of bureaucracy and lack of a common security standard for all carriers. When requesting an invite for the new version you will see that you have to choose what kind of device you use: Android, iOS or other.
There are speculations that NFC could be given up to appease carriers and Google could pull a move like Apple’s Passbook. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I think Google should analyze the Japanese market, where such technologies are very popular. More details at Google Wallet.