Verizon Prevents Google Wallet from Being Preloaded on Galaxy Nexus Smartphones

By Ed Silverstein December 06, 2011

Verizon Wireless has said “no” to preloading the Google Wallet app on the new Galaxy Nexus smartphone line.

The new Android OS phones will start being sold on Friday, said TechZone360. The phones were developed by Google and Samsung Electronics.

The Google Wallet is a mobile app that turns a phone into a “wallet,” said a company website. It stores credit cards and digital discounts. It features near-field communication (NFC.) In connection with the app, Google may sell ads and other offers to local merchants.

The reason behind not including the app on the new phone is apparently related to competition. Verizon is developing its own mobile payments platform with other carriers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“We're working to provide expanded services that will provide the best security and user experience in the market around m-commerce,” Verizon Wireless told The Journal. “We expect to provide access to an open wallet when those goals are achieved.”

The Verizon offering is called Isis. It comes in partnership with AT&T and T-Mobile USA, and will be tested in 2012.

On the other hand, users on their own could download Google Wallet from the Google's app store, The Journal said.

In a related matter, TechZone360 reported that Cantaloupe Systems will launch Google Wallet in vending machines in Chicago, San Francisco, New York City and Washington, D.C., according to a story from All Things D. Consumers will use the app to pay for drinks and snacks just by tapping their phones. Coupons and rewards are also a possibility for vending machines – given the technology, TechZone360 added.




Ed Silverstein is a TechZone360 contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Post 'Clintongate': 3 Ways to Mitigate Shadow IT

By: TMCnet Special Guest    4/1/2015

What can enterprises learn from 'Clintongate'? The first lesson is that unapproved use of technology within organizations is known as "shadow IT," and…

Read More

President Obama Details Better Protection Against Cyber Threats

By: Steve Anderson    4/1/2015

Cyber threats present some of the most dangerous scenarios that can be endured by any person, or by any nation. Why? Because the threats not only rend…

Read More

Chrome OS Gets Major Push from Google

By: Joe Rizzo    4/1/2015

Android, Google's mobile operating system and Apple's iOS have about the same market share in the U.S., however in emerging regions, Android is poised…

Read More

Final Four Tips for Password Security

By: Peter Bernstein    4/1/2015

If you are like most people in the U.S. the past few weeks, you have been caught up in what is known here as "March Madness." This is the annual ritua…

Read More

Surface 3: Third Time's A Charm

By: Rob Enderle    3/31/2015

You can also update hardware with the new operating system and even though Surface sells initially with Windows 8 it will get an update to Windows 10 …

Read More