Verizon's Samsung GALAXY Nexus no longer supports Google Wallet

Verizon's Samsung GALAXY Nexus no longer supports Google Wallet
Those rockin' Verizon's version of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus and have been using Google Wallet after sideloading it onto their device, might have had a surprise when they tried to open up Google Wallet on Friday. A little message said that "This version of Google Wallet is no longer supported."  That can't be terribly surprising considering that Verizon never officially supported the application (hence the reason for sideloading it on the phone), and the mobile operator is one of the trio of carriers that is behind competitor ISIS. Just when things had finally been looking up for Google Wallet, with usage doubling in recent weeks, the news leaves Sprint as the only carrier really putting any effort into the application. But that is something that can not be counted on forever since Sprint has its own mobile payment system that it is working on.

Just like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park had to use frog DNA to reproduce, life finds a way. In other words, we wouldn't be surprised to see some type of workaround from the developer community. In the meantime, we guess for those Verizon customers with the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, it's back to using real cash or plastic credit cards to make purchases.

source: Phandroid

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1. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Typical Verizon bs...

13. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

As a user of the International, Unlocked Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile, I find it a sham to use the Nexus name under Verizon. It's simply not an unlocked, free, stock device. That version is carrier bastardized; my version is not.

17. squeeb

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Couldn't agree more. My LTE nexus got destroyed at Busch Gardens and it was like a blessing in disguise. I'm now with T-mobile and enjoying my Jelly Bean :)

20. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

I couldn't agree more. Verizon should have done what Sprint did, even if you're working on your own payment system (ISIS / Sprint Touch), make Google Wallet available to users and once ISIS is released then you can release a software update to disable GW and enable ISIS. At least Sprint makes it as open as possible given that it's a NEXUS device. It's sad that Google has NO CONTROL even over their Nexus line. They really shouldn't even sell Nexus devices on Verizon. Look at the Jelly Bean update, while are both slow at releasing it, Verizon users are still waiting while Sprint already released it on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G.

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

screw ISIS...

3. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Damn you Verizon! I love your service, but you're pretty greedy.

4. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

5. brkshr

Posts: 9; Member since: May 22, 2012

Wow! Like 2 days late on this & there was a workaround within a half hour of the story originally breaking, of which you don't mention. That's pretty bad.

6. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

where's Jelly Bean Verizon!

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Huh, mine works on my N7 and RAZR...oh well....

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google has no clout with their own OS. That's pretty sad.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

It is called an OPEN in moddable- not locked down and over price like other fruit companies.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That fruit company isn't getting shafted by the carriers.

15. stealthd unregistered

Woah, someone's a little sensitive here. You brought Apple into this, not the person you were replying too. Being open means you can make modifications, and so can your carrier.

9. SvbZero

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

I hope Google never let's Verizon get another Nexus device.. First to carry the damn phone! And not only last to Jelly Bean..but can't even give us a timeframe!!! C'mon Google! Start controlling your own damn phones like Apple does! No excuse for not pushing 4.1 to the 1st Galaxy Nexus out . Getting pretty annoyed

11. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

What the f**k!?!?!? I dkdmt even get a chance to try it. And I have 4.1 Jelly Bean on mine and it I still get denied! I'm so sick and tired of the lameness.

12. wgaurav

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 17, 2010

Vz at it again.. but didnt FCC fine them for blocking tethering apps.....I hope FCC takes some action against this stupidity....VZ JB yet for galaxy Nexus....

16. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I don't understand why mobile carriers attempt to block consumers ability to choose a mobile pay system. This might end up in courts sooner or later and the courts will most likely smack VZW again for attempting to control consumers choices. Just give it time people, I'm already annoyed that VZW attempts to control the Nexus by locking it down, but still want to call it Nexus. Nexus is supposed to be a pure Google experience free from carrier BS and garbage. I'm honestly for phones that can be used on any network and you just pay for the service. This way you can have any damn phone you want and choose the network that best suits your lifestyle.

18. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I'll never buy another Nexus phone on Verizon again and I hope that Google doesn't let them have another. They took forever to release the Galaxy Nexus because of a disagreement between the two companies. They block Google Wallet because they want people to use ISIS, a mobile payment method that STILL isn't out yet. They're taking forever to roll out Jelly Bean while all other carriers have all ready rolled it out. Verizon is making it harder and harder to want to buy phones from.

19. ericsorensen

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I agree, but I worry there WON'T be another nexus device on Verizon due to all the friction. I really need the Verizon coverage, and won't get another locked down phone.

21. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I need the Verizon coverage too, but I'll probably get a phone that they heavily market as a flagship device. Like the S3 or a Droid RAZR because those devices get all the special treatment. The Galaxy Nexus was and is still treated like a red headed step child by Verizon.

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