So it seems like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will never launch on Verizon. There must be some sort of gigantic issue holding it up for so long. There are rumors now, though, that Verizon is in a disagreement with Google over removing the Google Wallet app from the phone. Verizon cites technical and security reasons. I cite greed and dishonesty. Verizon said:
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.
What do they mean “basic hardware”? Is the NFC hardware too advanced to classify? Why should Verizon even be worried about how Google’s app works on a phone developed by Samsung and Google running Google’s operating system? Oh, I guess it’s “Verizon’s” phone somehow. They put a logo on it, cripple it, and take much of the credit. And the consumer is told to believe Verizon is doing what is best for the customer. Yeah, right. It’s all so Verizon can pocket more of the customer’s money through its own mobile payment system.
I guess I’ll have to vote with my wallet on this one, since I won’t be able to use my phone.