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]