We took a lot of flack yesterday for not running reports that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus would be available on Friday December 9th. Part of that was because we were vetting the very suspect looking pdf posted at Rootz Wiki (we love ya Steve but….) the other reason is because we had information to the contrary.
Our information is from one of our Google ninjas who reported to us last week that the final binary for the Google Nexus 4G LTE on Verizon Wireless wasn’t getting along with 4G LTE. We then started seeing the stories about Google Wallet.
While Google Wallet seems to be a dead issue, another one of our Google ninjas pointed out the fact that a lone Google spokesperson was the source for the Google Wallet story. While on the surface that looks good and kosher, behind the scenes it looks like a move that may have been thought up by Google to push Verizon into getting Google Wallet back in the Galaxy Nexus.
More after the break
Google Wallet is a point of contention for Verizon and Google because unlike Sprint, Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile are partnered up for a competing service called ISIS. Our Google ninjas posulate that we may see the ability to get Google Wallet onto the Galaxy Nexus in addition to ISIS. Remember that Google Nexus is supposed to be a pure Google experience and anything less would tarnish the Nexus brand.
So today as expected (actually we thought it may be tomorrow), the Galaxy Nexus is “delayed” past Friday. Now on Verizon’s defense (because you know how much we like defending Verizon), they have still YET to say anything besides “before the end of the year” which is of course 3 weeks away.