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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 23:38

Google adds a card to its Wallet

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While it's still only a rumour, mounting evidence is pointing to a physical addition to Google's Wallet system.

Previously just an app, Mashable is reporting that Wallet is set to get a physical iteration designed to be used "where tap-and-pay functionality isn't available, and can be used where major credit and debit cards are accepted."

Screenshots have emerged of Google's support forums in relation to the Wallet app, which read "All Android devices with an operation system of Android 2.3.3 or higher are eligible to download the Google Wallet app for use with the Google Wallet card."

Google Wallet has been available on NFC-enabled phones in the United States for over a year, on models like Samsung's Galaxy S3.

It's similar to Mastercard's PayPass and Visa's PayWave, allowing users to simply tap their phone, which is linked to their credit card, in order to make a purchase from stores that have the hardware.

There have been criticisms, however.

An analysis by security company viaForensics revealed that some card information stored by Google Wallet is still accessible outside of the application.

It is suggested that hackers could create a way to intercept data by eavesdropping on Google Analytics, which monitors apps used on the Android OS. A previous analysis by the same firm revealed a number of other exploits that have since been fixed.

An Australian launch has not been announced.

 

 

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