Google Wallet has officially begun to pop up in various retailers today but even if you were using the NFC equipped Nexus S 4G you couldn’t take advantage of the convenient NFC based mobile payment system. Thankfully, Sprint and Google are on top of the situation and are now pushing out the GWK74 “Google Wallet Update” exclusively for the Samsung Nexus S 4G on Sprint. If you haven’t been prompted for the update on your device, be patient and I’m sure you’ll be using nothing but your phone to purchase Slurpees in no time. Here’s a snippet from the Google Mobile Blog:
When we announced Google Wallet, we pledged a commitment to an open commerce ecosystem. We appreciate Citi and MasterCard for being our launch partners. And today, Visa, Discover and American Express have made available their NFC specifications that could enable their cards to be added to future versions of Google Wallet.
Our goal is to make it possible for you to add all of your payment cards to Google Wallet, so you can say goodbye to even the biggest traditional wallets. In fact, we’ve got a video of our first customer, someone who is ready to replace his famously over-stuffed wallet. We hope Google Wallet gives him “serenity now.”
This is still just the beginning and while we’re excited about this first step, we look forward to bringing Google Wallet to more phones in the future. You can learn more about Google Wallet at google.com/wallet.