Contactless payment systems have been a blessing in a society that has been living in the shadow of COVID-19 for the past two years. There’s no need to hand over your debit card or push buttons on a keypad that has already been touched by a slew of people who have left who knows what germs. That is, as long as the NFC link between your cellphone and the POS machines is functional. A new Android update, according to some Google Pixel owners posting on Reddit, is messing with contactless payments. In fact, it is even notifying the users their phones are “running uncertified software.”
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The problem began to appear at random after Pixel users updated to Android 12L, according to 9to5Google. What’s more, it can take a long time to appear. Owners of the Pixel 4, 4a, 4a 5G, and Pixel 5 have posted on Reddit about the issue. When the feature stops working, users will receive the following somewhat disturbing complete notice: “This gadget does not support contactless payments. It’s possible that it’s rooted or that it’s running uncertified software. For further information, contact the maker of your device or go to Google Play Help. You can still pay for things online with Google Pay.”
According to 9to5Google, only the devices with new update installed are affected; the problem only affects customers who downloaded apparently stable builds of the OS. Open the Play Store, touch on your account, then settings, then “About” to see if this issue will affect you before you’re caught without cash at a store checkout. You should be able to check the status of your “Play Protection certification” from there.
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