Yesterday’s Nexus 7 Update? Added Google Wallet For Awkward NFC Tablet Transactions

Yesterday there was a very small (under 1MB) update rolling out to the Nexus 7. We were a little perplexed to exactly what it was (I’m always worried Google will finally dumb down the search). Today, Google is finally shedding some light on the OTA, revealing that it was little more than the addition of Google Wallet for the tablet. I think this officially makes mobile transactions on the 7-inch tablet much more inconvenient than, you know, whipping out your actual credit card. Still, for those that finally got their hands on the tablet and never let it leave their side’s, purchasing Slurpees on the Nexus 7 is now officially possible.


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  • Aja Hemphill

    Momma taught me to never look a gift horse in the mouth;)

    • Brian S.

      I don’t get it.

      • JRomeo

        If you’re receiving a free horse as a gift, you don’t inspect and analyze your free gift, because its free… when people are buying horses, they check their teeth and gums as a sign of health. but if its a free horse, then there’s no need because you essentially have a free plow horse either way.

        • Brian S.

          Thank you.


    Wait, how will you make a payment @ a gas station, if this is WIFI only device. You would need an internet connection to process the wallet transaction. Someone enlighten me, besides the options of tethering from your phone, or hoping the gas station has WIFI.

    • ericl5112

      Do you need an internet connection? After all, they are trying to make this a credit card, but with NFC rather than magnetic strips. Your card doesn’t need WiFi, everything is handled by the store. Hopefully, google wallet is the same.


        When i used to pay with my G-Nex (Verizon), it seemed to need a connection. I may be wrong.

        • umataro42

          I also use it on my VZW GNex. It needs the connection to load up your account and see what funds you have available. Unless the Nexus-7 has all that stored locally? Either way, I’m not carrying around a tablet to pay for stuff, especially when there’s so many broken terminals.

      • Chris Chavez

        @nightscout13:disqus @ericl5112:disqus You don’t need an active internet connection to make Google Wallet work. (Basically, what Eric said)

      • Jason

        I’m sure it doesn’t require an Internet connection. Just imagine if you were about to make a purchase, but had no cell reception.

        Frankly, I think the whole NFC phone payment idea is cool but silly.

  • ericl5112

    Did this add it as a built in app? It was already available.

  • bozzykid

    My guess is Google has more plans to compete with iOS Passbook. So you may see more features like club cards, and more offer promotions that will work without wifi. For now it is useless but maybe not later this year with more updates to Google Wallet.

  • Aaron Soles

    I really want to get Google wallet for my Verizon galaxy s 3! I still got 15 bucks left from my galaxy nexus!

  • Aaron Soles

    I once bought a nexus s when I was on sprint and found out it had a bad esn, but I set up Google wallet on WiFi and used it at 711 with no network or WiFi.

  • TheTrueGMG

    Well I just activated my $10 prepaid card. I guess I’ll head to McDonald’s and see if it works without a connection

    • Eliezer Jesus Martinez

      did it work?

  • Unorthodox

    And now is the time to start building tablets the size of a credit card.

    • Brian S.

      Put Android on a credit card! Genius!

  • C-Law

    This didn’t happen in the last update. It happened in the update BEFORE that. I bought my tablet from sams club on friday, got an update shortly after, and setup Google wallet that night. A second update came yesterday but it was something else