The most anticipated phone of the year, the Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy Nexus, will ship with an NFC chip inside capable of running Google Wallet. However, it’s being reported by our friends at 9to5Google that Verizon will not install Google Wallet onto the Galaxy Nexus. It’s also being reported that Verizon Wireless will block the app from being downloaded in the Android Market.
Now NFC will work just fine. The NFC chip is part of the technology behind the Android bumping ability available in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which was demoed at the Galaxy Nexus launch event.
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Why would Verizon Wireless block Google Wallet then? Well Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are working on their own NFC enabled wallet technology called ISIS which is a direct competitor to Google Wallet. Google Wallet was introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S 4G with Sprint earlier this year. So far they are the only U.S. carrier to back the service.
It was surprising that Sprint was left out of the Google Nexus roll out and even more so after learning this information. Google made a big deal about Google Wallet earlier this year, even bringing over Paypal executives to work on the project.
Eric Schmidt went into great detail in his MWC keynote back in February and at just about every other big speech he’s made this year, pointing out how great Google Wallet is.
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