Google Wallet may have started its life as an app designed to let you tap your phone against a tap register to make electronic payments, but adoption hasn’t exactly been spectacular. The good news is that Google Wallet has a few other features: it can act as a virtual wallet for storing customer loyalty cards, for instance, and recently Google added support for sending payment from your linked accounts to anyone using email.
This week Google updated Wallet for Android, making the app available for almost any Android phone. Now it’s also available for iOS — but it’s missing one of the original flagship features. Since Apple’s iPhones don’t feature NFC (Near Field Communication), they don’t support Google Wallet’s tap-to-pay feature.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Google Wallet hits iOS (sans the NFC tap-to-pay feature)
You can use the app to send money to anyone in the US with an email address, manage loyalty cards, and find and save Google Offers. [iTunes]
- Google Glass may not hit Europe for at least a few years
Thousands of folks in the US are already testing Google Glass, the new wearable computing device from Google. Sometime in the next year or so, it’s expected to go on sale to the general public in the States. But it could be a few years before it’s available in Europe. [Marketing Land]
- Next Google Nexus 10 could be built by Asus
Another day, another rumor about an upcoming Nexus device. This time word on the street is that Nexus 7-builder Asus could take over management of Google’s flagship 10 inch tablet line. [Android Police]
- iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C teardown reveals phone bits under the hood, no real surprises
Apple already told us what to expect in its new iPhones. But it’s nice to see for ourselves what the new fingerprint sensor, Apple A7 chip, and iPhone 5-like guts of the plastic iPhone 5C look like. [iExperts Australia]
- HP introduces first laptop with Leap Motion technology built-in, the $1050 HP Envy 17
Leap Motion offers an accessory that you can plug into nearly any Windows or Mac computer to enable 3D gesture controls. But HP is one of the first companies to announce plans to offer a laptop with that same technology built in. [Engadget]
- Get Rdio Unlimited music-on-demand for $4.99 per month… if you’re in college
Like most other streaming music-on-demand services, Rdio normally charges $9.99 per month for unlimited service. But now college students can sign up for a discounted $4.99 per month plan. [The Verge]
- SanDisk introduces new embedded flash storage drive designed to work with Intel Bay Trail
Intel’s got a new, faster chip for small tablets. Now SanDisk has new, faster storage designed to go in those tablets. [SanDisk]