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Google Wallet app now notifies rooted users that they're not supported

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According to Droid Life, users on rooted phones are now presented with a warning that their device is not a supported Google Wallet device, though the app will still function perfectly fine. Unfortunately, it's not a proper fix — the hole that allowed hackers to crack the security PIN that protects Wallet is still alive and well.

Google Wallet root warning
Google Wallet root warning

It looks like Google is closing the book on the security concerns surrounding Google Wallet. The search giant released a software update a couple of weeks ago that patched the hole that made prepaid funds vulnerable to theft, and now the company has released its solution for those with rooted devices. According to Droid Life, users on rooted phones are now presented with a warning that their device is not supported by Google Wallet, though the app will still function perfectly fine. Unfortunately, it's not a proper fix — the vulnerability on rooted phones that allowed hackers to crack the security PIN that protects Wallet is alive and well. We still hope that the company will rewrite the program in the future to fix this problem, but for now, be sure to be extra careful (read: enable a screen lock) if you're using Google Wallet on a rooted device.