Verizon Galaxy Nexus no longer supports Google Wallet – again
Back last month Google put in a few new updates to their Google Wallet app. First up was the ability to support all debit and credit cards – a welcome addition. Then the Android app became supported on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus officially. For months the Google Wallet Android app had only been supported on Sprint devices and those with a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon had to side load the app by rooting or putting a custom ROM on their device.
Unfortunately owners of Verizon branded Galaxy Nexus handsets are once again left without Google Wallet. Those who had downloaded the application onto their Android smartphone are now getting an unsupported message when they open the app up. The Google Wallet app reads that their device is no longer supported with the current version of Google Wallet installed and that the latest version will need to be downloaded from the Android Market. On the Google Play Store however, the app page informs users that their device is no longer supported.
Verizon have confirmed to Engadget that while Verizon don’t block applications, Google Wallet is different. “Verizon doesn’t block applications. Google Wallet is different from other widely-available m-commerce services. Google Wallet does not simply access the operating system and basic hardware of our phones like thousands of other applications. Instead, in order to work as architected by Google, Google Wallet needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones.”
For those who do still want Google Wallet on their Verizon Galaxy Nexus, it can still be side loaded as before, as long as it’s an older version you try to install. Version 6 of Google Wallet gives the same error message, while version 1.5-R79-V5 is reported to be working fine.
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