Galaxy Nexus to not Support Google Wallet

December 6, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Google Nexus is nearing its launch time and we are being hit by rumors from every corner. And one sad news we heard was that the Nexus wouldn’t be supporting Google Wallet.

Google Wallet will fire in Nexus S 4G, but not the Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus. And most probably we won’t be seeing it on AT&T and T-Mobile variants either.

But the news isn’t entirely unsurprising. The network carriers (Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile) are already en route to pave way for an NFC payment system for the US.

And for this purpose, they have caught hold of Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG.  The ISIS NFC should be up and abut sometime next year.

This means that 3 major US smartphone carriers will be teaming up with 4 of the biggest Android smartphone makers in a direct duel with Google Wallet. If you are wondering why Sprint has been left out, that’s because it is the only carrier that offers a smartphone with the Google Wallet (Nexus S 4G).

We know the search giant is not going to make the Wallet readily available to any phone, even if it’s for its Nexus lineup. Now come’s the question: why would carriers block apps, or even be allowed to do so?

Consumers should be left to their own free wishes of using whatever they choose instead of forcing them in on carrier-supplied system. But the one thing that still shines rays of hope is that the Android community won’t sit closeted.

We will be seeing Nexus fans dedicated to modifying and improving it. Solutions to Verizon’s blockades have already started appearing in the form of kernels and carrier ID tweaks.

So if you are intent on using Google Wallet on the Nexus or on any AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile Android phones, you can go ahead with root tools and custom ROMs.

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