Sydney: Web giant Google may now be launching a Google Wallet card for accompanying the Google Wallet app.
Last week, a series of screenshots emerged, signaling that users of Google''s Wallet app will soon be able to apply for a physical Google Wallet card.
The app explains that the Google Wallet card is designed to be used to make in-store purchases where tap-and-pay functionality isn''t available, and can be used "where major credit and debit cards are accepted,” the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
According to the paper, under "Get Started with Google Wallet mobile app > Eligible Devices," Google says, “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.”
The search giant first unveiled Google Wallet in May 2011, a mobile payment system that uses near field communication (NFC) technology to let consumers pay for items at retailers using credit card information stored on their smartphones, the paper said.
However, adoption of the technology has been thwarted by the lack of NFC integration in popular devices such as the iPhone, while retailers, too, have been slow to adopt it. Introducing a physical card would potentially help the service gain traction before mobile payment systems become the norm, the paper added.
A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the issue.
First Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 14:54