Surprise Android phone update offers early access to Android 13 feature

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According to a report by 9to5Google(opens in new tab), Android users are starting to notice that when they upgrade their Google Pay app, it’s actually becoming Google Wallet already. No use waiting for the end of the year, then! The update roll-out will take a few days, so if you don’t see it now, just have patience. Our app hasn’t been updated yet, so you’re not alone. This isn’t the case in the US or Singapore, where Wallet isn’t replacing Pay (instead they’ll sit alongside each other), but in other places like the UK, Australia and Canada, expect to see Google Pay turn into Wallet before too long.

One of the key features of Android 13 is that Google Pay will get a new look and be rebranded to Google Wallet, where you can store all of your payment information in addition to cards, passes, tickets, and more (Google Pay does have these features, but they’re not well organised for the majority of them). Google has jumped the gun and is already rolling out Google Wallet to many Android phones, even though Android 13 is only supposed to launch at the end of the year.

Highlights

  • It’s not a huge surprise that Android 13 is a small upgrade over Android 12, since that was quite a big change, but it does mean that we’re not exactly beside ourselves with anticipation for October when Android 13 should start to roll out. It’s really starting to sound like iOS 16 will be the more interesting update this year. Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

  • Even though Wallet is rolling out over the coming days, some of its big new features – like the ability to store driving licenses or hotel keys – are expected to only arrive at some point in 2023. Now that Android 13’s key feature has landed early, there’s not really that much to look forward to for the update. Google Wallet was our most anticipated change (even though it’s a medium upgrade at best), as Fast Pair for quicker Bluetooth pairing, Earthquake alert improvements and tweaks to Material You are all incredibly minor.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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