Verizon Says Google Wallet Not Ready for Its Phones
Verizon Wireless issued a statement today in response to reports that the Google Wallet application is being blocked on the Galaxy Nexus by the carrier. "Google Wallet is different from other widely-available m-commerce services," explained Verizon Wireless spokesperson Jeffrey Nelson. "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." Sources at Google confirmed to several publications on Monday that the mobile payment application would not be installed on the Galaxy Nexus at Verizon's request.
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Verizon Wireless is the only U.S. wireless operator that will officially sell the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets, same as it was with last year's Pixels.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Google Refocuses Daydream View Headset
Alongside the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Google today introduced a new version of its Daydream View VR headset. Both new Pixel phones are Daydream-ready and function perfectly with the revised viewing hardware.
Google Unfolds A Brand New Wallet App for Android
Google today released a fully redesigned Google Wallet application for Android devices. Google Wallet is not an app for making mobile payments at retail.
Hypocrisy on Verizon's part.