Sprint to introduce 10 devices with Google Wallet support this yearAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Waaay back in May of last year, Google Wallet was introduced with support for the Nexus S 4G on Sprint. So far we've yet to see the service get official support on any other Sprint handsets, but today a Google exec confirmed that that'll be changing later this year. Speaking at a Mobile World Congress panel earlier today, Osama Bedier, vice president of Google Wallet and Payments, said that Sprint will be debuting "at least 10 additional phones" later this year that are Google Wallet-compatible. Both the LG Viper and Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint will feature support for Google Wallet.
Bedier also provided a bit of an update on the rollout of Google Wallet support at different retailers across the country, saying that "tens of thousands" of Google Wallet terminals are being added each month, with the strongest support coming from convenience stores and fast food restaurants. Additionally, Bedier said that Google continues to work with other operators, banks, and manufacturers to help the service grow. Google Wallet support is now present at 22 of the nation's largest retail chains, with MasterCard PayPass terminals available in over 300,000 locations.
It's kind of a bummer that we've yet to see Google Wallet make its way to other devices (save for some Galaxy Nexus handsets), so we're glad to hear that Sprint is planning to boost its roster of Wallet-friendly products throughout this year. Sprint hasn't yet said when it plans to launch the LG Viper or Galaxy Nexus, but they'll be two of the initial devices that'll be compatible with Sprint's LTE network, which is expected to go live in mid-2012. How many of you out there have used Google Wallet? What do you think of the service?