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Google is revamping Wallet to be a better competitor to Apple Pay, and will likely reintroduce the service around May, The Wall Street Journal reports. It faces a more difficult environment than Apple does because Apple has complete control over hardware and software. Google, on the other hand, must shepherd carriers, hardware makers, retailers, and other businesses. Apple CEO Tim Cook seemingly pointed out the difficulties of Google’s situation while speaking to investors, saying “Imagine trying to do this with several different companies. You’d be pulling your hair out.”
Acquiring Softcard solves a major problem for Google. Softcard, (which was initially known as Isis Mobile Wallet) was a payment system supported by several carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. It didn’t gain major name recognition, but it may be an important tool for Google Wallet now, pulling major carriers together to support Google Wallet. Google is expected to offer certain related services larger shares of the revenue with the updated Google Wallet.