And morsels of speculation for the Galaxy Nexus just continue to poor in like flash floods. According to a post by the National Journal, it’s possible that Verizon Wireless violated a spectrum policy on the C-block deal from several years ago. So, what was the violation? It looks like Verizon violated the policy when the company asked Google not to include the Google Wallet application on its Galaxy Nexus device because it stood in direct competition with another mobile payment app they support, ISIS. According to Matt Wood, a Free Press attorney, Verizon may have caused the violation against the federal requirement since it was forbidden to not deny, limit or restrict the ability for consumers to use handsets and applications of their choice while on Vz’s network. If you’ll recall, the FCC added the rule to a spectrum license when Verizon purchased the C Block of spectrum several years ago.
“We think this could very well be a violation of the C-block conditions,”… “When you have a powerful network operator, it can wield a lot of influence. But Google Wallet should be allowed to compete with Verizon.”
Verizon was quick to defend its take on the decision and stated that it was not aiming to “block” the application but instead noted that Google Wallet operated in an unusual way and also stated that it was still discussing matters with the search giant as we speak.
Big Red stated:
“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.”
So what does all of this have to do with the Galaxy Nexus? Well, we’re putting two and two together and speculating this could be the reason for the major delay in launching the latest flagship. We know you guys are super anxious for the device to finally hit the market. However, if Google and Verizon don’t sort this out soon the fate of the G-Nex is up in the air. Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned to Talk Android as we’re on standby and digging deep for the latest scoop on anything Galaxy Nexus related. Feel free to chime in and leave a comment below should you want to rant. My guess is that both Verizon and Google don’t want to see this drawn out any longer than it needs to be and will work hard to release this device soon.
[via National Journal]