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.
Verizon-Branded Wear24 Smartwatch Streets May 11
Verizon Wireless today said its Wear24 Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch will go on sale May 11. Verizon announced the device earlier this year, but did not have availability details at the time.
Verizon to Test AppFlash Search Tool On Some Android Phones
Verizon Wireless is prepared to roll out a new search tool on select Android handsets over the next few weeks. The tool, called Appflash, was developed by Evie.
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.
Google Strikes Wallet Deal with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon
Google today announced that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless have agreed to preload Google Wallet on their Android smartphones later this year. The mobile wallet will come on all devices running Android 4.4 KitKat and higher.
Google to Discontinue Wallet Debit Card
Google has begun informing owners of the Google Wallet Card that it will cease supporting the card come June 30. The Wallet Card was initially paired with the Google Wallet app for mobile payments, but Google transitioned its mobile payment service away from Google Wallet to Android Pay.
Hypocrisy on Verizon's part.