Google Wallet might soon become a reality on T-Mobile's NFC-enabled Samsung Galaxy S II
When Google Wallet officially launched last summer, the whole mobile world was abuzz with the new NFC wallet service - a new system that was set to replace your old credit and debit cards with your Android-powered handset. As great as is it sounded, though, there was and still is one minor problem: it's only officially available on just one device - the Samsung Nexus S 4G on Sprint.
While NFC wasn't widely adopted in the smartphone market at the time, it has since come to the T-Mobile Galaxy S II, as well as the AT&T Galaxy S II. Both devices have NFC, yet do not have Google Wallet, which is a major downer for Google fans like myself.
As always, though, the devs over at the XDA-Developers are trying to remedy the issue and port Google Wallet over to the T-Mobile Galaxy S II, just as they brought the service to the AT&T and T-Mobile USA Nexus S in the past.
According to a public thread over at the XDA-Developers forum, several members are hard at work porting Google Wallet from the Nexus S 4G, over to the NFC-enabled T-Mobile Galaxy S II. Some progress has been made so far and the app was actually working several times, but bugs have been continually popping up.
While the project is only in the early phases of development right now, the news is definitely promising. A successful hack might even encourage Google to open up the app to other NFC-enabled devices sooner rather than later.
We’ll be following the the thread's progress closely in the coming weeks and I am hoping their work pays off. Official or not, Google Wallet on my T-Mobile Galaxy S II would be pretty amazing.