Google Wallet Nixed from Galaxy Nexus at Verizon's Behest
Google confirmed to CNET that its Google Wallet mobile payment service will not be included on the Galaxy Nexus, which is due to launch on Verizon's network later this month. "Verizon asked us not to include this functionality in the product," a Google spokesperson told CNET. Google Wallet is available on the Nexus S, and lets users make payments from their phones based on near-field communications technology at participating retailers. Google did not provide a reason for Verizon's request, but Verizon is a primary member of the Isis joint venture with AT&T and T-Mobile USA. Isis is a competing mobile payment service that aims to bring a different type of NFC-based payments to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless devices. Isis has yet to launch, though Google Wallet is available in a handful of markets.
Sprint Officially Reveals Galaxy Nexus
Sprint has published a web site talking up its forthcoming Long Term Evolution 4G network. As part of the site, it revealed that it will sell the Samsung Galaxy Nexus device with LTE support.
Hands-On: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
The latest version of Android offers a lot of performance upgrades and some new whiz-bang features. Phone Scoop takes it for a spin on the Galaxy Nexus.
Review: Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon Wireless
The Galaxy Nexus, being sold by Verizon Wireless, is the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone. Phone Scoop's full review tackles the new operating system in depth as well as the hardware from Samsung.
Verizon's Galaxy Nexus Fix to Adjust Signal Meter
Verizon Wireless has re-confirmed that a software update is on the way to fix a signal problem being reported by some users of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Verizon Wireless spokesperson Brenda Raney told Computerworld that the update "will adjust the signal strength indicator to more closely match other Verizon Wireless devices." During Phone Scoop's tests of the Galaxy Nexus, Phone Scoop confirmed that the device has a hard time connecting to Verizon's 3G/4G networks, and voice call performance and data sessions are choppy as a result.
Ad Suggests LTE-Packing Galaxy Nexus Bound for Sprint
An advertisement briefly appeared on CNet's web site today announcing a version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with LTE for Sprint's network. The ad, which has since been pulled, revealed that the Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus has a 1.5GHz processor, rather than the 1.2GHz processor on the global and Verizon variants.