The default wallet apps seem to break

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What you need to know The first Android 15 beta includes a new default wallet app option in the existing Default apps list.
Google made the first Android 15 beta available to testers on April 11, following two Android 15 Developer Preview builds.
There’s still a lot to uncover, but one new change affects the way Android handles default payment and wallet apps.
After users update to Android 15, they’ll see a fresh option in the Default apps list in settings.
9to5Google spotted the default wallet app choice in the Android 15 settings app after updating to the first beta.
When you choose a default wallet app, it will become the app that handles all NFC-related tasks.
Interestingly enough, it may be tough to utilize this new functionality due to a potential bug affecting the first Android 15 beta.
This means that NFC-enabled features spanning from Google Wallet to digital keys likely won’t work in the first Android 15 beta.


The information you must have.

Within the current Default apps list, there is a new wallet app option as of the first Android 15 beta.

In the past, Google Play Store allowed alternatives to Google Wallet, and the Settings app had a hidden Default payment app option.

Digital vehicle keys and store loyalty cards are now explicitly covered by the new Default wallet app setting, in addition to contactless payments.

On April 11, Google released the first Android 15 beta to testers, which came after two builds of the Developer Preview. Though much remains to be discovered, a recent update has an impact on how Android manages wallet and default payment apps.

Users who update to Android 15 will notice a new option in the settings list under Default apps. For digital payments, vehicle keys, store loyalty cards, and other purposes, you can now select a default wallet app.

After upgrading to the first beta, 9to5Google noticed that the default wallet app was available in the Android 15 settings app. The description of the setting reads, “Wallet apps can store your credit and loyalty cards, car keys, and other things to help with various forms of transactions.”. The majority of users will only see Google Wallet and None, but more options will probably be added soon. If you have installed the Amex app, it will show up. It appears that Amex is the only third-party app that supports being set as the default wallet app in Android 15.

The default wallet app you select will be the one to manage all NFC-related activities. This covers payments as well as tasks like using store loyalty cards or digital keys to unlock. Because it was absent from the list of default apps in earlier Android versions, the Default payment app option was essentially replaced by the new setting. Rather, five menu pages held the option to select the outgoing default payment app: Settings > Connected devices > Connection preferences > NFC > Contactless payments > Default payment app.

It’s interesting to note that a possible bug affecting the initial Android 15 beta may make it difficult to use this new functionality. According to information shared in the Google News Telegram, there are no longer any settings available to turn the feature on or off on the NFC settings page, suggesting that it may be broken. Android Central, which also observed the blank NFC page in settings on two separate devices, verified this.

Android doesn’t appear to know whether NFC is enabled or disabled because this page isn’t working. This indicates that the initial Android 15 beta is unlikely to support NFC-enabled features, such as digital keys and Google Wallet. After the update, when a staff member of Android Central attempted to make a purchase with their Pixel, the terminal refused to recognize the phone. It is hoped that no one installed the pre-release version of Android 15 on their primary phone, as some people may find it difficult to function without contactless payments.

Notably, the issue has been brought to the attention of the Issue tracker.

But the Android 15 beta also included some fantastic new tools and features, like enhanced app archiving, enhanced security, and new accessibility software.

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