Google Wallet gets official for AT&T, semiofficial for Verizon

by Jim Farmer on
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The road to getting Google Wallet officially supported on Galaxy Nexus phones has been an arduous one. When news came forth that Verizon was to block the app for their variant it was a major letdown. AT&T followed suit. Despite citing incompatibility issues, its widely believed the real issue was simply conflicts of interests, namely the joint effort by carriers for mobile payments called ISIS. Of course when the Galaxy Nexus finally arrived, carrier blocks did nothing to stand in the way of determined modders. An installation of Wallet was soon achieved by way of a modded apk.

Today however, a legitimate, Android Market obtainable Wallet app is showing up in the markets of AT&T Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus owners. Finally. Despite many already having Wallet by other means, this is still a big day. An app like Google Wallet really needs to come from a trusted source and always be updated, so if you have the modded apk installed you should probably remove it and install the latest official version from the Market at your earliest convenience.

So right, what about the Verizon owners?

Well, a clever Nexus owner sent Droid-Life these instructions. It won’t show up by searching your Android Market app, but it IS there.

  1. From your phone, open the browser and head to http://market.android.com.
  2. Search for “Google Wallet.”
    If your browser prompts you to open the Market, don’t. Just stay in the browser.
  3. When the results come back, tap on the Google Wallet icon.
  4. The phone will prompt you to leave the browser and go to the Market. Choose the Market this time.
  5. You should now be sitting in the Android Market with Google Wallet up.
  6. Just tap install

After installing, Google Wallet should now show up in “my apps” within your Android Market as well as the browser version of Android Market.

source: Droid-Life
via: Phandroid 

 

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  • igor

    I have tried the download and when i get to the market part it just says this item isnt available by your carrier. :(

    • Anonymous

      Try doing completely within the browser then, rather than switching over to Android Market. 

      So when you search and see the Wallet Icon in the browser, rather than clicking the icon, click install and login with your Google account.
      Once you have signed in, you should be redirected back to the Market page in the browser. 
      Now, you will not have the option to install there since the VZW Nexus is not supported. 
      Tap the back button until you are prompted for the Market or Browser again, this time choosing the Market. 
      The Android Market should open to the Google Wallet page with an option to install. 
      Hopefully. It seems like its been a bit hit or miss for some people.

    • Anonymous

      Try doing completely within the browser then, rather than switching over to Android Market. 
      So when you search and see the Wallet Icon in the browser, rather than clicking the icon, click install and login with your Google account.Once you have signed in, you should be redirected back to the Market page in the browser. Now, you will not have the option to install there since the VZW Nexus is not supported. Tap the back button until you are prompted for the Market or Browser again, this time choosing the Market. The Android Market should open to the Google Wallet page with an option to install. Hopefully. It seems like its been a bit hit or miss for some people.

      • medicdanny

        Ive finally gotten it to the Accept & Download, but when it tries to install it say as “Package file was not correctly signed. Uninstall the previous copy of the app and try again.” It doesn’t give me an option anywhere to uninstall it. Suggestions?

        • Anonymous

          Are you on a custom ROM with Wallet preinstalled by chance? 

          Maybe you could download the “modded apk” from the older post referenced above, and if that works, see if the Market could update over that?

          • Anonymous

            If you are rooted you can manually wipe a current install of Wallet from your phone using a root enabled file explorer. I like Root Explorer but there are free alternatives on the Market.

            Go to /system/app Choose or Mount R/W so you can edit. Now just look for and delete the Wallet apk.

            • http://www.facebook.com/murdock.daniel Danny Murdock

              I was able to delete it with root explorer. Now it’s saying incompatible update.. so I’m guessing it no longer works.

      • medicdanny

        Ive finally gotten it to the Accept & Download, but when it tries to install it say as “Package file was not correctly signed. Uninstall the previous copy of the app and try again.” It doesn’t give me an option anywhere to uninstall it. Suggestions?

  • http://twitter.com/tekmosis Jamie Taniguchi

    Has there been any talk about Google Wallet for Canada yet?

  • Mike Pinter

    It took a couple of tries, but my patience was rewarded and it installed on my non-rooted VZW Galaxy Nexus.  I finally tried by using my Dolphin browser, logged out of Android Market, and then logging in after I chose the software and clicked Install, always choosing to open in browser.  After logging in and failing (this software isn’t available on this platform), I hit the back button and chose “Market” instead of browser, was redirected to the Market page with the “Allow” button, clicked the “Allow” button and it worked.

  • Curt

    Tried the instructions in the article. I got a warning that I could not get to that app in the market because of my carrier. Tried the instructions in the comments. All sorts of different screens, ways, clearing history etc and still no joy.

    For Mr Farmer, I had the modded apk installed, and Wallet never did show up in my market page, so installing the mod will not work. Yes I did uninstall the modded apk before trying to install here.

    It just pisses me off that Verizon just does this sort of anti competition, big brother, I don’t give a crap about my customers attitude over the wallet. There is no sane reason on God’s green earth that Google Wallet is a security breach on their network. The must think that we are all stupid as the day is long to believe that one.

    The next thing I will try when I get home, are these instructions on WiFi. I don’t know if it will work or not, but not being on Verizon’s network might help

  • http://www.facebook.com/murdock.daniel Danny Murdock

    Now I’ve gotten it to install and it’s saying “Insufficient Privileges Insufficient secure element privileges for this system image (release-keys).