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However, other Pixel phones won’t see any changes

Google gave its payments app a fresh coat of paint earlier this year, complete with a new name and the ability to store more than just your credit and loyalty cards. This year also brought us two of our favorite Android phones, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Unfortunately, however, we quickly learned of an annoying bug that prevented mobile payments when using the Pixel 7’s face unlock. We’re following Google’s efforts to fix this behavior, which are now ongoing with the new Wallet update.


If you open Google Wallet via the lock screen shortcut or Quick Settings tile, it currently displays an overlay of your saved payment methods. With the October Play Services update, Google announced that it would change the behavior of these shortcuts. Instead of showing that overlay screen, the shortcuts will take you directly to the Google Wallet app for the full app experience.

Google provides updates to these Google Wallet shortcuts, which now open the app immediately, skipping any intermediary screens (via 9to5Google ). This new behavior is featured on Pixel 7 and 7 Pro phones and works as advertised in our testing. Just make sure you’re on the latest Google Play Services version 22.48.14 to see the changes.

While this new Google Wallet shortcut behavior is definitely related to the face unlock issue, we still don’t know exactly how it will solve the problems, as we don’t yet see the Wallet app asking for additional, more secure authentication methods. such as a fingerprint or PIN after face unlocking the Pixel 7. Hopefully Google will address this soon.


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