As Google Readies New Wallet Version, Sprint Gears Up with ‘Open’ Approach

As Google readies the launch of the next version of its wallet, expected to feature the addition of a physical payment card, other mobile-commerce players, including Google Wallet partner Sprint, are gearing up with their own offers.

As NFC Times reported last month, Google plans to issue a plastic card that can be accepted on the Discover Financial Services network, potentially adding about 7 million more acceptance points for its wallet. A Google source told NFC Times that Google is also preparing an app to run on the iPhone, which would require approval from Apple, and is planning a greater role for offers.

The new wallet version, 2.0, is due out this month. But the search giant was originally supposed to introduce it at an event last month. so the launch might be delayed.

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