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Google Wallet tap-to-pay feature to Stop Supporting non-KitKat Phones Starting April 14th

The Google Wallet payment system is still pretty new in the eCommerce market when you compare them to most popular options but it has been adopted so fast thanks to new features that define most Google products.  Tap-to-pay feature is one of the most revolutionary but if you have been enjoying using it and have an older Android phone, it may be about time to upgrade because starting April 14th, you will not be able to use it unless your device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Google is now advising its users to upgrade to KitKat in order to continue using the tap-to-pay feature in order to enjoy the ‘improved user experience’ of the newer operating system and especially for NFC-based payment system.  This is because the company is choosing to use the more universal cloud based approach to process your bank information when you are making payments – perhaps to make it faster and safer.

Unfortunately, even the upgrade will still lock out some devices including the older Nexus 7 table, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and EVO 4G as the devices that will not support tap-to-pay even when they are running the latest version of Android.  Interestingly, the company ruled out the possibility of tap-to-pay working on these devices which leaves us wondering what the deal is.  Let’s wait and see if there will be any change before the April 14th date.

Sources: via