Google Wallet v1.6-R96-v13 Teardown
This isn't on AP because it's really not hardcore news
, but I figured I'd write about what's different anyway, since people keep asking.
In short: lots and lots and lots of cleanup. The following things have been completely removed from the app:
• The Google Wallet Card (http://andp.lc/RwABr0
• P2P Transfers (http://andp.lc/Q9kqAr
• The Prepaid Card (Which is dead anyway - http://andp.lc/PXIYvq
• Tipping Stuff (Which I don't think I ever wrote about)
• Terrifying debug screens that say things like "PPMS Transaction Details" and "No AIDs found after selecting PPSE"
I don't know if this means all this stuff is dead or not. I'm pretty sure the Wallet Card will still be a thing one day, because the beta sign-up page (http://andp.lc/RY7ssD
) is still live. It's probably just delayed.
I did at least call the redesign. (http://andp.lc/Q9kqAr
"Actually, it wouldn't surprise me to see the whole app get a revamp, this 2x3 Dashboard look is seriously dated (we're talking a Froyo-era design), and just about every app that used it has switched to something more modern. Having the first screen of your app be only navigational elements isn't helpful. In the newest release, they've added a few PNG files for holo tabs, which are, hopefully, the beginnings of a redesign. (They are 6-pixel-wide blue squares and not worth posting)."
But that's about it, a new design and lots of cleanup. I still do teardowns for most new Google Apps, but you guys only get an article if I actually find
something. There just hasn't been much new stuff lately.
I should have a new article out in a few days - a Stock Android Isn't Perfect sequel. That will be fun.