Verizon Not Blocking Google Wallet But View it Differently Than Other Apps

Photo Courtesy of Droid Life

It is safe to say that most of us in the Android community were not amused by Verizon potentially blocking the use of Google Wallet on their branded version of the Galaxy Nexus. In a press release Verizon has made it clear that they do not block apps, well, except for tethering apps. The reason that we will not see Google Wallet on the Verizon Nexus seems to be more security and hardware related and is something that they are really not comfortable implementing yet. The press release states:

“Recent reports that Verizon is blocking Google Wallet on our devices are false. Verizon does not block applications.

Google Wallet is different from other widely-available m-commerce services. Google Wallet does not simply access the operating system and basic hardware of our phones like thousands of other applications. Instead, in order to work as architected by Google, Google Wallet needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones.

We are continuing our commercial discussions with Google on this issue.”

So yes, it appears that Verizon is still talking to Google about this, but Google has made it clear they did not make this decision. As a Google representative told CNET:

 “Verizon asked us not to include this functionality in the product.”

So it appears that carriers are deciding how these kind of features should be implemented and that there is no official say on when we will see them. What about you, the reader? Does this affect your decision to buy the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon or is this a feature you can live without?

[via Droid Life]

About the Author: Jack Holt

Jack is a tech enthusiast who is surviving small-town Wyoming. He's a newspaper editor by trade and a blogger for fun. His phone of choice is the Galaxy Note 4 and when he's not tinkering on that, he can be found researching new tech and wondering if his wallet can sustain a new tech purchase. When he's not in front of a computer, he's out in the mountains with his dog exploring the wilderness.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pissed at verizon and disappointed in google over google wallet. Why would google agree to a feature change like this on a nexus. This is the one line of phones that the carrier is supposed to leave alone. Truthfully, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to trust my phone with financial transactions no matter who provides the service. Im going to buy the nexus because i expect that it will get android updates first with minimal to no carrier involvement, but this Verizon driven nfc change and the carrier specific apps makes me wonder if google can still deliver on the nexus promise of speedy updates. I don’t trust Verizon to get out of the way of the next major updates to the os.  They have no interest in maintaining old phones. Google has to force their hand and appears to either be unwilling or unable to do so. 

    • Guillermo Martinez

      There is only one thing why Google agreed with Verizon to remove Google Wallet–money. Without carriers, it would be impossible to  Google wallet should be allowed, so to fully optimize the phone’s NFC chips.

  • benmarvin

    I personally don’t care much about Google Wallet and I’m not even a Verizon customer, but it’s really fucked that they would tell Google to remove functionality from a device. that’s like a car dealership asking the manufacturer to disable the turn signals so they could charge extra to sell you different ones.