The Verizon Galaxy Nexus made a lot of people curious and consumers are eager to get their hands on one of these smartphones. However, there’s still a lot of uncertainty regarding the device’s launch date and even price. The latest news regarding the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is that it will not come with the Google Wallet application, but with some of Verizon’s.
Late on Monday, Google Inc. confirmed for Computer World that Verizon Wireless is blocking it from installing the Google Wallet app on the new smartphone. A spokesman for Google said: “Verizon asked us not to include this functionality in the product”. At the same time, users will not be able to download it through the Android app market.
Google Wallet is an app that allows the user to make payments, redeem digital coupons and warn loyalty points with merchants through his smartphone. The app allows Google to offer retailers a lot more data about their customers and help them target ads and discount offers to mobile-device users near their stores. Currently, the only smartphone carrying the Google Wallet app is the Nexus S 4G carried by Sprint Nextel.
Although Google’s spokesman failed to mention the reasons why Verizon asked the company not to include Google Wallet on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, it all makes sense when learning about Verizon’s new partnership.
AT&T Inc., T-Mobile USA and Verizon have joined forces and formed a joint venture that provides a system for mobile payments called ISIS. The system, said to be launched sometime in 2012, allows the users to make payments and redeem offers via their smartphones. ISIS will be linked with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
Both Google’s and Verizon’s systems are based on the NFC technology or Near Field Communication which, according to NFC Forum, it has been designed to make “life easier and more convenient for consumers around the world by making it simpler to make transactions”.
The international version of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus carries the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich system, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 processor, and a 1 GB of RAM. The LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus has up to 32GB.