The Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will come with a small amount of carrier related bloatware. We’ve discussed this fact before here at Android and Me, but today it needs to be brought up again. Because not only will Verizon be adding carrier related apps to the pure Google experience device, they’ll be taking some away.
Computer World has received word from a Google representative that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will not be able to use Google Wallet. No hard details on the situation were given, just that it was Verizon’s choice. As heartbreaking as it may be, it does make sense.
Verizon (along with T-Mobile, AT&T, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) has been working to launch an NFC powered payment system of their own backed by ISIS. Letting Google put Google Wallet on the Galaxy Nexus would be bad for business, giving Google a head start. The same goes for AT&T and T-Mobile. Both Ma Bell and Magenta have a Wallet capable Nexus of their own, but only the non-ISIS supporting Sprint’s Nexus S has the app. And it just may be that way for quite some time.
At this point, you may be wondering if the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is even worth it. If Verizon can control the apps that come with or stay off the device, why bother? Thankfully, there’s still a very good reason to buy a Verizon branded Nexus. Google will be controlling the updates.
So even though you won’t be seeing Google Wallet anytime soon, you can always disable those pesky Verizon apps, and be happy that your device is first in line when big updates hit the airwaves.