As detailed in October, Google changed the wallet shortcuts on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro to open the app directly.
Tapping the wallet shortcut in the bottom right corner of the lock screen will now open the full Google Wallet app. This also applies to the Quick Settings tile “Wallet”, which was previously not mentioned by Google in the release notes for the October 2022 Play system updates.
Previously, there was an intermediary UI that showed a card carousel that you could swipe through to select a payment method. This UI harks back to Android 11’s Cards & Passes, which was originally accessed by long-pressing the power button.
This change is believed to be due to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro rejecting Google Pay transactions when unlocked with Face Unlock instead of fingerprint or passcode. This was a problem initially as this error was not accompanied by any warning messages. Behind the scenes, this is because the Pixel 7 Face Unlock doesn’t offer the highest level of authentication required for something as sensitive as payments.
Once the update rolls out, accessing the wallet widget on your lock screen will open the full Google Wallet app, presumably ensuring you’re fully authenticated to access your contactless payments.
We couldn’t perform a tap-to-pay transaction to test the new behavior. In terms of speed, the Google Wallet app, which is really just a Play services-powered experience, takes a little longer to load than the old Cards & Passes interface.
Meanwhile, Google has made another change to the wallet experience that’s quite annoying. The Wallet Quick Settings tile now shows the full card name instead of just the last four digits. And yes, that full card name is scrolled (once) to completion before the digits appear at the very end.
This occurs every time you open quick settings. In my case, my card name starts with the bank and has three other words. This is quite annoying and will hopefully be undone in a future update.
We’re seeing these new Google Wallet behaviors with Google Play Services version 22.48.14 on a Pixel 7 running December’s QPR1 stable build. However, the two changes may not yet be widely available and may not have appeared on other devices we reviewed today.
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