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The rumors and leaks go back a bit further, but it was a year ago today that Google officially revealed its Google Wallet mobile payment service -- a platform that the company is still betting big on, even if it may be slightly reconsidering the way it does business. While it might not have taken off quite as quickly as Google would have liked, the past year has still been a fairly eventful one for the service -- albeit occasionally for reasons the company would prefer you forget -- and the next year proves to be even more challenging as the service faces increased competition. Read on for a look back at how we got here, and what lies ahead for both Google Wallet and mobile payments in general. The History Of course, while Wallet is Google's first big push into mobile payments, it is far from the first .
Fingerprint sensor will be used as a way to increase the security of Google's NFC payments system. NXP Semiconductors, AuthenTec and DeviceFidelity have announced that Google has tasked them to create an infrastructure to enable the use of the new security measure on their Android smartphones. The system could be ready as early as next year. Larry Ciacca, chief executive of AuthenTec, said: "For the average consumer, knowing that no one can get into their mobile wallet even if something happens to their phone is paramount." The group plan to use fingerprinting with the logic that most consumers will use their fingers to operate the app anyway. Thus, they hope to speed up transaction times.
Google officially rolled out its Google Wallet mobile payment system Monday. We've been using a Sprint Nexus S 4G with Google Wallet for the past six weeks. Google Wallet is still in its infancy, but the system already shows a lot of promise.
19 September 2011 Well, the day we had all been waiting for finally arrived. Yesterday, September 19th, Google launched its long-awaited and much-anticipated Google Wallet . The Web is buzzing with news of this launch, but let us boil it down for you (a convenient listing of all of the stories published so far is presented below).
Google Wallet - failing in progress
Google Wallet - launching
Google Wallet - before lauching