So it's official, Google spokesperson just confirmed tonight that Verizon's Galaxy Nexus will not be supporting Google Wallet, along with those from other carriers, such as T-Mobile and AT&T (if they ever get the Nexus, that is). Same probably goes for all Android smartphones besides the Nexus S 4G for the currently foreseeable future. Well, that's not the most pleasant of news, especially for those who're already starting to utilize the NFC payment service offered by Google. What a bummer.
The reason Verizon has decided to forgo the inclusion of Google Wallet from the device? Most likely because of their recent creation of a new mobile NFC payment network called ISIS, which not only features Verizon, but also is a partnership with AT&T and T-Mobile to build a new mobile payment network much like Google Wallet, purportedly scheduled to be out in 2012. So, the most fundamental answer to the lack of Google Wallet integration in the U.S. version of the Galaxy Nexus is that Verizon simply doesn’t want to compete with, well, of all massive technology companies, Google, for NFC payments, a field that's getting hotter and hotter in terms of potential consumer adoption.
Can you say flurry of Galaxy Nexus news, much? Just today, Verizon's Galaxy Nexus was spotted in its in-store packaging, and confirmed to be sell at the price point of $299 with a two-year contract from the carrier. And now, the lack of inclusion of Google Wallet in the Galaxy Nexus. I guess it can't all be good news in a single day. SlashGear readers, what do you think? Do any of you currently already use Google Wallet on a frequent basis?
[via Android Community]