Introducing Google Wallet. It’s Now Live.

Tue, Sep 20, 2011
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Well here it is. The long awaited Google Wallet went live today, and will be pushed to owners of the Sprint Nexus S 4G phones in an over-the-air software update, meaning it will only be available to a very select few people in the US this week. It’s expected to grab momentum quickly, but at the same time, I know there is a huge debate around its relevance and potential scale. But perhaps, the best thing to do is just watch the video…

Yes, NFC is stupidly limited right now, but, I’ll admit, it’s potential is vast and from the quick Google demo video, it looks like there is some serious power to be delivered by Google Wallet, and interestingly, a new way for Google to control your money via their own virtual Pre-Paid Mastercard that will come by default with the app.

The biggest question still on my mind, is will Apple release NFC in the iPhone 5? If so, they’ll retain the edge, but I just wonder if Google’s going to own that space before Apple even gets there.

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