HTC EVO 4G LTE does not support Google Wallet?

HTC EVO 4G LTE does not support Google Wallet?
Is this the end of Google Wallet?

Is this the end of Google Wallet?

Whether it has to do with the rumored Sprint 'Touch' mobile payment technology that the nation's third largest carrier is said to be developing, or just a case of gremlins invading the software, users of the carrier's new flagship HTC EVO 4G LTE have been unable to get Google Wallet to work. Members of Xda developers forum, resourceful as ever, found that tricking the software into thinking that it was running on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus would allow it to run perfectly.

If only the story ended here. But it didn't as soon the HTC EVO 4G LTE returned a message that "Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device / carrier," leading many to believe that the service was done for. But there is now speculation that Google is merely working on a "fix" for the software and has decided to lock down Google Wallet in the meantime.

The problem here is one of timing. Can we really believe that this problem with Google Wallet is happening coincidentally after leaks about Sprint 'Touch'? If this is just a matter of bad timing, we should eventually see Google sending out an software update to make the necessary repairs. Otherwise, it would seem to be one wallet that is permanently closed.

source: Xda (1), (2), (3), AndroidPolice via Phandroid

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EVO 4G LTE
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(7.50h talk time)

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5 Comments

1. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

This is just dumb... how is this not anti-competitive? Make one that works better and quit blocking stuff.

2. leefer77

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

I've used GW on my HTC EVO 4G LTE to buy food from McDonald's and Burger King and also have bought stuff at a convenience store. Out of the six times or so that I have tried to use it, it has worked about 50 % of the time. When it doesn't work there is no message. It just doesn't do anything.

3. leefer77

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

Ok. I just checked and I see that it is shut down on my phone as well.

4. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Crap, as leefer said, some people got to use it just fine, other had some issues. I think Sprint sees all these issues with Google Wallet and decided to take matters into their own hands. I just want the darn thing to work.

5. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

With rumors that Google may offer incentives for this app, it makes sense for Sprint to get on the Verizon/AT&T side of that table. My worry for Google Wallet, would be like their Privacy Policy. Are they going to say that they have a right to know what you buy with their app, and they can share that info with their partners? Or even more extreme, are they going to claim they own it too? (the last statement should be sarcastic, but if you have to agree to their privacy policy, that means I would barely ever use that app.)

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