Verizon Galaxy Nexus will not have Google Wallet
While everyone is still waiting for Verizon to announce a launch date for its Samsung Galaxy Nexus, here’s a piece of news that might not please some future Galaxy Nexus buyers: Verizon’s version of the superphone will not support Google Wallet – the NFC-based mobile payment system launched in September, and currently available only to Sprint Galaxy Nexus S users.
According to Cnet, Google declared that “Verizon asked us not to include this functionality in the product.” Most probably, this has something to do with the fact that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are working on their own mobile payment project called Isis – this should be a “nationwide mobile commerce network utilizing smartphone and near-field communication (NFC) technology.”
Computerworld also reports that Google has confirmed the absence of Wallet from Verizon’s new Nexus. The publication further notes that the handset would, instead, come with some of Verizon’s own apps. But Android Ice Cream Sandwich lest you disable these apps if you don’t want them, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus might be released by Verizon on December 9 (yes, that’s this Friday), although nothing is certain at the moment. The new LTE smartphone should cost $299.99 with a 2-yr contract agreement.