If you’re a frequent user of the Google Wallet mobile app, then you should know that there’s a new version of it out right now on Google Play. It brings a number of useful changes which include improvements to the overall app stabilization, better battery life, and an overhauled user interface that features better integration with the Android Holo theme. In other words, the new Google Wallet app looks nicer overall and works better than it ever has before.
In previous versions of the app, Google Wallet prominently featured a landing page that had shortcuts to a number of different functions. Now, it offers users a navigation bar and allows swiping to either the left or the right side in order to access various tabs. This change in the user interface makes it look like Google’s other mobile apps on Android.
So it seems that at least a couple of lingering issues have been taken care of with the latest update to Google Wallet. The only problem now is that there’s still a glaring lack of support for a great number of Android-powered devices due to restrictions imposed by carriers. Still, those who are able to enjoy the benefits of Google Wallet on their devices now can check out and download the app’s latest version for free – as always – on Google Play.
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Bring this to Canada already Google!
I am reluctant to upgrade because the email from Google informing me about the update says that my Citi MasterCard will no longer reside natively on the NFC chip. All transactions will now have to go through Google and will be recorded on my credit card statement with the prefix GOOGLE. Also, I will no longer be able to query my card balance from the application. Regardless of the enhanced UI, this seems like a downgrade to me.