Verizon's Google Wallet Snub May Violate C-Block Auction Rules
The Free Press today charged that Verizon Wireless's refusal to allow the Google Wallet application on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus may violate the terms and conditions set by the Federal Communications Commission regarding the 700MHz C-block spectrum that Verizon won in an auction several years ago. The FCC added terms to the auction that were meant to prevent winners from "denying, limiting, or restricing the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice." Free Press attorney Matt Wood said, "We think this could very well be a violation of the C-block conditions. When you have a powerful network operator, it can wield a lot of influence. But Google Wallet should be allowed to compete with Verizon." Earlier this week Google said that Verizon asked it not to put Google Wallet on the Galaxy Nexus. Verizon Wireless later attempted to explain the decision, saying that the application "needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones." Google Wallet, which uses near-field communications in coordination with Google's software, permits users to make mobile payments with their smartphone. Verizon Wireless, along with AT&T and T-Mobile USA, are preparing to launch a competing service called Isis next year.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
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.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
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.