wallet-nfcTime certainly flies, and it has been over two years after the Internet search giant Google launched a platform which was specially designed to transform compatible Android smartphones into digital wallets. Well, here is some good news for those of you who are still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread – Google has just announced that it will be offering Google Wallet to all smartphones that have at least Android 2.3 as the operating system of choice.

Up till now, only those with smartphones that feature NFC (Near Field Communication) chips are able to make use of Google Wallet, and most of the time, these NFC-enabled devices tend to rank pretty high up on the flagship scale, which would in turn also mean that the Android operating system is a whole lot more up to date compared to older Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered devices. Well, with the latest Google Wallet app that is less picky on which version of Android you are running on, you can now use Google Wallet sans an NFC chip. With that, you are able to send money to anyone in the US with an email address, scan barcodes on store loyalty cards and enter them in your device, save “offers” from Google Maps, Search, or other areas to redeem coupons in stores as well as check out your purchase activity.

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