At the beginning of the month, a leak from Android Police indicated Google will introduce a physical card that will be tied to Google Wallet accounts. Screenshots from the updated Google Wallet app and a confirmation email further legitimized the claim. Now, Google has actually mentioned the Google Wallet card on the Google Wallet support page. Considering how close we are to the release of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, we’re expecting Google to make this official soon.
The support page also indicates a new version of the Google Wallet app that will support all non-international Android devices running 2.3.3 Gingerbread or higher. Google is essentially planning to sidestep carrier and OEM restrictions by making Google Wallet available to the majority of existing Android devices in the United States. NFC will not be required to use Google Wallet anymore, and services such as ISIS will be more difficult to force on customers.
The physical Google Wallet card will reportedly take the place of most of your debit and credit cards. You’ll be able to choose which card you want to use by simply selecting it within the Google Wallet app. It may seem unnecessary, but it’ll be easier to disable your Google Wallet account in the event your phone is stolen as opposed to cancelling every card in your wallet.