Google Wallet to be Pre-Installed on AT&T, T-Mobile US, Verizon Android Devices
Google now is working with Softcard, the mobile payments service owned by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US and Verizon Wireless. As part of a new agreement between the mobile carriers and Google, the Google Wallet app, including the tap and pay functionality, will come pre-installed on Android phones (running KitKat or higher) sold by these carriers in the U.S. market later in 2015.
As part of the deal, Google also is acquiring “some technology and intellectual property” from Softcard.
Google does not appear to have bought Softcard, nor do the mobile carriers appear to have sold the business to Google.
On the other hand, since October 2014, when Apple launched Apple Pay, both Google Wallet and Softcard, which have failed to get much traction, seem to have concluded they need to move faster to counter Apple Pay.