Verizon on Google Wallet: “We don’t block apps”

Verizon on Google Wallet: “We don’t block apps”

Verizon today issued a formal statement on the situation surrounding Google Wallet and the Galaxy Nexus.  As you’ve probably heard by now, it has been found that Google Wallet does not come loaded on the Samsung handset.  We, along with a handful of other blogs, interpreted this as the carrier stepping in and saying no to the app and feature.  As it turns out, Verizon is not blocking Google Wallet, nor would they even think of it.

Recent reports that Verizon is blocking Google Wallet on our devices are false. Verizon does not block applications.

Google Wallet is different from other widely-available m-commerce services. Google Wallet does not simply access the operating system and basic hardware of our phones like thousands of other applications. Instead, in order to work as architected by Google, Google Wallet needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones.

We are continuing our commercial discussions with Google on this issue.

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  1. Anonymous
    December 06, 14:33 Reply

    So why did google publicly state that Verizon “asked” them to leave out the app?

  2. Anonymous
    December 06, 14:36 Reply

    What does this mean – “Wallet needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones.”

    • Anonymous
      December 06, 15:51 Reply

      I think they are referring to the firmware for the NFC module.  You have to patch it to get Wallet to work on the TMobile Nexus S, or the European Galaxy Nexus.  Its kind of a misleading statement, because its not a new piece of hardware that is technically required, its a firmware update.
      As others have stated, the blocking statement is misleading as well.  Its technically true that Verizon isn’t blocking it, because they asked Google not to include it (from the Market side, I’m also sure they asked Google not to add the Verizon Nexus as a supported phone to the Wallet app).  But make no mistake, its Verizon’s choice that it isn’t there.

      You can bet that if Google Wallet is ever allowed onto Verizon phones, it will only be after the ISIS system is deployed with a healthy head start.

  3. Anonymous
    December 06, 14:40 Reply

    I guess whoever managed to get google wallet working on the galaxy s was a friggin genius. How did they manage to get the feature into the galaxy s? Verizon should just provide the pipe and keep their nose out of the phone.

  4. Hmmm...
    December 06, 15:23 Reply

    Does this mean that after the Nexus Galaxy is released for purchase, there is a chance that the right “hardware” is implemented by a slightly later version of the Nexus? Meaning – further waiting to purchase until that happens?

  5. anon
    December 06, 15:50 Reply

    So, how can we hurt Verizon without damaging the Nexus line?

  6. Anonymous
    December 06, 16:56 Reply

    This doesn’t really deny it. ‘Blocking’ an app is different from just asking Google not to put it on.

  7. Anonymous
    December 07, 01:28 Reply

    This means I will not recommend Verizon’s Galaxy Prime.   Today Verizon lost quiet a few sales just because of this fact.

    Verizon, don’t try to reinvent the wheel and make it square. 

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