A HACKER over at the XDA Developers Forum has released a downloadable version of Google Wallet.
While previous hacks have resulted in bugs and crashes this latest one seems to work smoothly on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The service uses near field communications (NFC) technology to make wireless payments.
XDA said, "While Google Wallet isn't yet available for devices with an NFC chip, like the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, there have been some workarounds that required you to root your device, then install an update at the bootloader level. Now, Google Wallet, in most cases, can be installed with a simple APK, whether you have the GSM or CDMA version of the Galaxy Nexus, thanks to XDA member lukegb."
Users have reported successful transactions using the unofficial app in the US but we haven't seen anything regarding use of it in the UK yet. The install is a normal apk so there's no need to root the handset.
Although a fair number of handsets come with NFC technology we're only aware of it working on the Galaxy Nexus. Contactless payments have yet to take off but are set to get bigger next year. For example, Intel has licensed NFC technology for use in its smartphone chips.
If you're keen to use Google Wallet the hack is the best way at the moment, as it's unlikely to be launched as an app in the Android Market any time soon. µ
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