Google Wallet will stop working on older devices

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Google Wallet is probably the most convenient and usable tap-to-pay platform on Android. However, as with most platforms, it gets less convenient the older the device you have. Google just announced that Google Wallet will not work on older devices.

If you’re curious about what Google Wallet is and why you should use it, we have a full rundown of what this platform is. It’s a great platform to use if you want to migrate away from using a real-life wallet. While not a proper replacement for your wallet, it can replace it in certain areas.

If you’re a person who doesn’t like taking out their credit card just to make a purchase, you can use Google Wallet’s tap-to-pay ability to pay for products. This is not the only functionality that this platform brings.

Google Wallet will not work on older devices

If you’ve been using Google Wallet on an older device, then you’re going to be in for a bit of disappointing news. The company announced that, if you’re using a phone with Android 8 or older, Google Wallet will no longer work. Google has been removing apps targeted at older versions of Android and telling developers not to develop for them.

Why is this? Well, it’s for security. In the updated Google support document, Google said that “security updates aren’t available for Android versions below 9.” As such, if you’re using Google Wallet on a version of Android older than 9 Pie, you will not be able to receive the proper security updates to keep your phone secure. This, ostensibly, puts your phone at a higher risk of being infiltrated by bad actors. That’s the LAST thing you want to happen on an app that handles your credit cards and I.D.

This isn’t only for people running Android. If you’re a person using a wearable running Wear OS 2 or below, you will also be losing support.

It may be time to upgrade

If you’re using an older device, and Google Wallet is crucial to your experience, then it may be time to upgrade. It’s going to be an annoyance having to spend money on a new device if your current device is working perfectly. However, there are several benefits to upgrading your device.

Firstly, having a newer device will give you access to newer features coming to the software. Second, newer devices are more secure because they receive all the newest security updates. The number of security updates you get will vary depending on the manufacturer. You’re going to get more security updates with phones from Google and Samsung.

Lastly, having a newer device means that you are using newer hardware. So, your device will be better able to handle day-to-day tasks and last longer on a single charge.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, then you can check out our list of the best budget smartphones on the market.

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