Google Putting The Brakes On Tap & Pay Functionality, For Non Android 4.4 KitKat Devices
Google is doing away with Tap & Pay functionality on April 14 for non Android 4.4 KitKat devices. You will only be able to store loyalty cards and offers, send money to friends, view orders, and use the physical Google Wallet card to make purchases.
Google has begun sending emails out notifying users who meet the non KitKat criteria and also updated the Google Walletsupport pages.
Google mentions in the email that KitKat “works with different technology for an improved experience”. One can only assume Google is referring to Host Card Emulation (HCE). HCE allows devices to make secure NFC purchases without needing a Secure Element. This feature was first introduced with Android 4.4 KitKat update.