Google Wallet is getting an overhaul, and Google has started accepting requests for invites to the new incarnation of its mobile payment platform. While there aren't any details about what exactly will be new about the upcoming wallet, the invite process asks you whether you're using Android, iOS, or "other devices," which indicates some big changes allowing the system to work across platforms.
If iOS devices are to be included in the next Google Wallet, it means that the system likely won't be reliant on NFC to work. And given that NFC was the major hold up for the technology with carriers such as AT&T and Verizon to begin with, an NFC-free implementation seems logical anyway. Of course, we'll have to wait for some official word before we know anything for sure. [Google via BI]