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Don’t Act Surprised About the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Not Having Google Wallet

Within the last hour, ComputerWorld reported that Google Wallet will not be available on the Galaxy Nexus that is headed to Verizon and our inbox immediately took a depressing turn. You shouldn’t be surprised by this news though. You should be annoyed and frustrated, but you should also have expected this to happen. Aside from the fact that I was tweeting about this subject 3 days ago, you have likely seen reports of the ISIS NFC mobile payment system that Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T have partnered up to make. If you haven’t, I’ll catch you up real quick.

ISIS is the next big mobile NFC payment system that is being backed by Verizon, T-Mo and AT&T. They also signed up Motorola, LG, HTC and Samsung to make phones which have NFC chips that will work with this ISIS payment system. So basically, you have the 4 biggest phone makers in the Android game, partnered up with 3 of the 4 biggest smartphone carriers in the U.S. to help turn your phone into a mobile payment machine. It’s a direct competitor to Google Wallet.  

You probably noticed that Sprint has been left out? Well guess what, they just so happen to be the only carrier in the U.S. (maybe on the planet) to allow a phone (Nexus S 4G) to use Wallet. But since the Nexus S 4G received access to it this summer, no other phone around has. Not even the Nexus S that works on T-Mobile or any of the unlocked versions. You can flash hacked versions of the app to those phones, but it’s not available in the market or officially supported.

So with the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus around the corner, this report that it won’t have Google Wallet is not surprising. We know that Big Red has their own NFC payment system in the works. We also know that Google isn’t making Wallet readily available to just any phone, including its Nexus line.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, you should be annoyed at this as carriers are essentially blocking you from using apps that are 100% legal and do not violate any terms of anyone’s contract. This isn’t a tethering or root-friendly app that would void your warranty or break your contract, it’s a payment system almost like PayPal. Can you imagine what would happen if these carriers starting blocking PayPal? And as you can see above, my unlocked G-Nex can’t even access Wallet. Crazy, right? Then again, this phone is running on AT&T, who also happens to be a part of ISIS.

The good news is, that our developer community has already found a way to get Wallet up and running on the Galaxy Nexus. You may have to root and flash a custom recovery, but hey, isn’t that one of the reasons we are all waiting for this device anyway?

Via:  ComputerWorld

Cheers Taylor and BeerMe828!

  • Anonymous

    Verizon needs to stop trying to ruin perfection.

    • Tim242

      There are 3 Nexus S models in the US. Yet, only the Sprint version has Google Wallet. Is that Verizon’s fault, you goons? Blame Google for signing that agreement with Sprint. This is Google’s fault.

  • Scott Marvin

    why is everyone blaming Verizon? I’m a little curious about that. I read the article above and it doesnt sound like its entirely Verizons fault. It sounds like its Googles fault. Verizon decides what goes on their phones and Google most likely also decides which phones and carriers can use Google wallet. And since this is supposed to be a Google phone then everyone should be blaming Google for not allowing their new creation to be on their phone. Because from what i’ve read above Sprint is the only carrier to get Google wallet on their phones.

    so for the first time ever I actually don’t think its Verizons fault.

    • Ulnek75

      it’s only google’s fault because they decided to put it on verizon.  so i guess the root of if is their fault.

      • Scott Marvin

        They decided to put the Nexus on Verizon. ut Google also decided NOT to put Wallet on Verizon. But its also not available on T-Mobile and AT&T. Could that also be Verizons fault? nope. Thats Googles fault also. Its only available on Sprint. So why blame Verizon over something they have little control over?

      • Tim242

        There are 3 Nexus S models in the US. Yet, only the Sprint version has Google Wallet. Is that Verizon’s fault, you goons? Blame Google for signing that agreement with Sprint. This is Google’s fault.

  • Jose Guitian

    i wouldnt even know where to use this app so i dont see it as a big deal. ive never seen a store accepting wallet.

    • Anonymous

      i agree.. google wallet is a whole different payment system and i see it no where.. then isis itself should be another one as well, by the time its available in 2 stores out of 50 stores, this phone will be so outdated its going to be pitiful.. consider the beam feature.. i doubt most of us will ever use that with anybody unless you live in a metro city.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DaveCalzone Dave Calzone

    I’m never surprised about the crappy things Verizon does. Never.

  • J. Gilbertson

    back in college we had to sign up for classes on a system called ISIS. It was always broken and slow. Probably like what will happen with this. We called it Incredibly Stupid Information System… ISIS

  • EC8CH

    Gee Verizon… I guess I should thank you for giving me a reason to root my G-Nex the second I pry it from your greedy money grubbing hands.

    • Tim242

      There are 3 Nexus S models in the US. Yet, only the Sprint version has Google Wallet. Is that Verizon’s fault, you goons? Blame Google for signing that agreement with Sprint. This is Google’s fault.

      • Dominick DeVito

        Is it stated anywhere how long that agreement is?

      • EC8CH

        You’re probably right, it’s late and I have a knee-jerk reaction to think Verizon is evil.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    1. Root
    2. Uninstall all Verizon Apps.
    3. Install Google Wallet.
    4. Curse Verizon for trying to ruin your only hope at a good smart phone on their service.

    • EC8CH

      5. swap out battery cover to gsm version to replace vzw logo with google

      • Anonymous

        I guess at Verizon’s current Nazi ways it would be best to remove their logo.

        • EC8CH

          my laptop connects to my wifi without having Cableone stamped all over it, I don’t see why my phone needs to say Verizon.

  • Anonymous

    linkhide.com.ar/47632

    • http://www.facebook.com/DaveCalzone Dave Calzone

      Stop, just….stop.

      • Cam

        I wonder if all ‘linkhide.com” URLs can just be banned from disqus.

  • Jeff

    Talk about ungrateful. They all run GOOGLE’S software and would shit without it! Time for Google to start their own cell service! Verizon hates customers with brains.

    • Tim242

      There are 3 Nexus S models in the US. Yet, only the Sprint version has Google Wallet. Is that Verizon’s fault, you goons? Blame Google for signing that agreement with Sprint. This is Google’s fault.

  • http://profiles.google.com/booboolala2000 Patrick Crumpler

    Sorry but I’m pretty sure this falls into FCC territory under the Noncompetitive portion. Won’t be disabled just not preinsalled. You can side load it. Also, wondering if ISIS will be compatible with the NFC chip on the Galaxy Nexus?
    I think that Google will have much more leverage next time around. After VZW sees how well this phone sells. Not Apple like leverage but more nonetheless.

    Google and the internet will provide us many work around and we can all sit back and laugh at VZW.

    • Christopher Riner

       Yeah, I’m thinking they can definitely make isis compatible with the nfc in the nexus.  After all, its the hardware that enables abilities, and the software that sets boundaries.  Google might not have seen this coming, so as long as they don’t put some kind of nfc firewall in the code then technically any developer should be able to make use of nfc hardware in any device, especially if they are dealing within the realm of the same os.  I’m no developer but this would be my guess.

    • Tim242

      There are 3 Nexus S models in the US. Yet, only the Sprint version has Google Wallet. Is that Verizon’s fault, you goons? Blame Google for signing that agreement with Sprint. This is Google’s fault.

  • http://twitter.com/HowdyFellers Inspector Butters

    MASHED POTATOES!

  • Bill Mitchell

    So… how long until this get’s fixed by devs?

  • Ufcjeff

    they should give us a choice of isis or google  wallet  let them offerus something for their service rather than forcing it on us

  • Sp4rxx

    Why is everyone so pissed?  You all wanted unlocked bootloaders and all that (and you’re STILL getting it)…. just root it, install a custom rom or recovery and install the the apk ….

    Geesh you guys will complain about ANYTHING ….. GEESH!

  • Chargree

    Google claims Motorola will remain independent when they purchase it. Does this also mean Motorola will continue trumpeting Isis over Google Wallet on Google’s own OS under Google’s own roof? I suspect Droid owners will at least have the option to use either from the Android Market.

  • STiK

    You all wanted a Nexus device on Vzw… This is what you get…..

  • smooth_b

    Sprint has an exclusive contract with Google wallet until the end of he year. We should see GW on other phones after January.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    So wait, we’re being told what apps we can and cannot install?  Why is this happening, it’s not an iPhone.

    • Tim242

      There are 3 Nexus S models in the US. Yet, only the Sprint version has Google Wallet. Is that Verizon’s fault, you goons? Blame Google for signing that agreement with Sprint. This is Google’s fault.

  • babadush

    Verizon strikes again.

    • Tim242

      There are 3 Nexus S models in the US. Yet, only the Sprint version has Google Wallet. Is that Verizon’s fault, you goons? Blame Google for signing that agreement with Sprint. This is Google’s fault.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nerdydesi Nerdy Desi

    I hate these carriers.

    • Tim242

      There are 3 Nexus S models in the US. Yet, only the Sprint version has Google Wallet. Is that Verizon’s fault, you goons? Blame Google for signing that agreement with Sprint. This is Google’s fault.

  • Goblueboy

    I’m sure there won’t be problems of getting the apk to work on the galaxy nexus on Verizon (without root). You just probably won’t get it through the android market.

  • http://twitter.com/JKingDaRuler Jay Kingsley

    Im tired of hearing about what the Nexus DOESN’T have … Damn Y’all are Killing it … Damn !! Lol

  • JC

    People need to start asking why the carriers need to involved in a credit card transaction. They have ZERO nned to be involved in that. 

    Don’t support this crap.

    • Christopher Riner

      agreed, Im wondering where the money is going to be made in this whole system.  I kinda thought it would be a free service when google opened with wallet (the incentive for them being that they could more or less direct consumers towards businesses and sales, as opposed to making money off of single transactions) but now that big red has tagged in At&t from the corner ropes, I’m thinking we should start expecting to be clothes-lined.  brought to you courtesy of….thheeee……NAAAAAAAAATUUUUUUREEEE BOOOOOOY!!!!!

      (WHOOOOO)

      • Jason

        The money in this is going to be just like using your debit/credit card. They charge the merchants to use the device and the merchants raise there price to cover it. This is something there are trying to get to replace the card. It will be easier and people will like it eventually, company doesn’t have to make cards any more and can more easily track your every purchase then sell to advertisers

  • Whett Phartz

    Screw Verizon. They’re sicker than a box of dicks. 

  • Anonymous

    Ok I know it sucks that we can’t use a perfectly legal app on our phone that we definitely should be able to. But what if ISIS ends up being more widely used than Google Wallet. Even though ISIS isn’t out yet Google Wallet has yet to find a huge audience either. Who know which will be the norm?

  • Dan Brown

    Sprint has an exclusive in the US with Google Wallet. At least for now. So Blame the Google Sprint deal, not vzw.

    • Anonymous

      That’s what I think to. VZW was like okay, if you’re not gonna let us use it then we’ll have our own service. And have even more carriers/manufacturers support it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-Madru/100001151887665 Micah Madru

    I’m jealous of your device list. (:

    Also that’s a real downer, I want to use google wallet to get the $10 lol, i’ll get it on there anyways.

  • Anonymous

    How? Why? What???

  • Anonymous

    As annoying as this is, I’m also wary of installing something that uses my credit card from a anonymous source albeit someone part of this community.

    I guess I can use a google gift card type thing to limit my exposure, right?

  • Dominick DeVito

    Enough complaining on the internets and it will be available by Jan 1st, no worries.

  • Jason Purp

    I don’t even want it

  • http://twitter.com/jhhoffma Jack Hoffman

    Annoyed poster is annoyed…

  • Bob

    This is clearly anti-competitive and Verizon using its own network to hindering competition.  Why is nothing being done.  Justice department goes after Google every week for this same thing.

  • Dominick DeVito

    By the time an electronic wallet system is useable to the mass public, this app will easily be available on any Nexus phone. Not a big deal folks.

    But Verizon is a bunch of pigs, I tried to tell you all but got slammed for it a week ago. Do you agree with me NOW?

    • Billy Jenkins

      I agree. Not many people even know what Google wallet is and I’ve never seen or even heard of a store talking about installing a Google wallet machine to make purchases. I seriously doubt this new idea will become that popular throughout the rest of this year and next year before the next Nexus phone is released.

      • My25rs

        Macy’s actually accepts Google wallet.

      • Dirtiyadi

        So does Duane Reed

        • Scott Marvin

          I think you’ve missed the point of my comment. Google wallet is new and theres no denying that. Yes its being used in many stores but its also not in many stores. which would mean you will still have to carry around a credit card for the stores that dont have google wallet. so google wallet not being available in the nexus really isn’t a big deal since by the time the next nexus device is released it will probably be available in many more stores. And then when the nexus device after that is released it will be available in even more stores which will be in like 2-4 years. so once google wallet is being used in at least 95% of the stores throughout this country that is when everyone should be complaining if its still not available in Verizon phones.

          • Jason

            The whole purpose of VZW doing this is to make sure that doesn’t happen and you are using there system that they are muscling onto the phones. there system is ISIS and is different from Gwallet. There are trying to stiff arm competion.

      • Dominick DeVito

        NJTransit uses it, I was actually looking forward to using it. HOWEVER, by the time the smoke clears Google will open this up to VZW also. I’m not sure how long the Sprint deal was supposed to last.

      • http://twitter.com/darrylzuk Darryl Zuk

        The Macy’s at Herald Square accepts it at EVERY register in the store. And all the Duane Reade’s I’ve been in accept it as well.

        • GWallet_rules

          Agree, I was in a mall in Long Island, NY and their Macys had Google Wallet at all of the registers as well.

      • Sublime8696

        Come on, even George Costanza knows what Google Wallet is…..

    • EC8CH

      for most people you are correct, Google Wallet payments aren’t accepted at enough businesses yet for this to seriously effect a lot of people… but I am disgusted on principle alone.

      • Dominick DeVito

        Yeah, me too – not sure who to blame here, Verizon or Google, or both.

        • EC8CH

          Hopefully it is just an exclusive deal between Sprint and Google that will expire once Wallet is ready to go prime time.  Hard to believe the telecoms would so openly try to suppress competition. 

          • Dominick DeVito
          • EC8CH

            Months ago though, zep was saying there was a lot of debate between google and verizon regarding the inclusion of google wallet though, so who’s to say google wanted to include wallet in the vzw g-nex, but vzw wouldn’t agree it to.

          • Anonymous

            you got it, Dom doesn’t believe anything I say but you landed on it. It was either this or no Nexus unfortunately. Best of a bad situation. 

          • EC8CH

            Thanks, and that’s ridiculous.

            *Rengaging AntiVZW Rage*

          • EC8CH

            http://www.webpronews.com/galaxy-nexus-wont-get-google-wallet-at-least-right-away-2011-12
            sounds like it won’t come preloaded, but will be available from the market once Verizon addresses “security concerns”. I guess I can live with that so long as G-Wallet is cleared at the same time Isis is rolled out. 

          • Anonymous

            I would be okay with this, if regulations stated that carriers had to support any compatible devices on their networks and that they couldn’t enter into contracts with their OEM’s forbidding them from releasing retail phones to public directly.  Then Samsung could sell us a pure LTE nexus device outside of our contract for a market driven retail price.

  • Anonymous

    What are the risks associated with sideloading g wallet??

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think there are any technological risks (like your phone being bricked), but its technically illegal.

      • Anonymous

        Illegal? I think that might be going a bit far…

      • Anonymous

        Why?

  • R00t-ftw

    r00t > all

  • Anonymous

    One major reason I don’t buy an iPhone is that I can’t trust Apple to play nicely with Google.  I may now have a major reason not to continue with Verizon.  It pains me to say it – but if this news is true, I don’t want to support a company that operates like this.  

    • Anonymous

      Sadly, the only carrier in the U.S. that supports Google Wallet is Sprint. We are all saying “hate Verizon” (which I have my share of gripes with them), but this is not Verizon acting alone.

      • Anonymous

        You make a good point.  I think I need to chill. . . .  Frustrating stuff with these carriers, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1953314 Nathan Domier

    Couldn’t this be considered anti-competitive behavior?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I’m assuming at some point soon, this is going to turn into some sort of lawsuit.

      • Ravnos CC

        Can’t current net neutrality laws apply?  hmm

        • http://www.facebook.com/alxperez Alx Perez

          net neutrality ignores wireless

          • EC8CH

            last I heard the FCC thought differently to the dismay of Verizon

      • Anonymous

        Apple will be on this lawsuit too, I’m sure.

        • Scott Souder

          How so? The Nexus S could do it before the iphone.

          • Anonymous

            Apple will at some point want to get into the mobile payment arena with their future products, and they will not stand for a carrier-monopolized system. Even though they neglected to include NFC on the 4S, I would be very surprised to see it withheld from the iPhone 5 (or whatever the successor is).

          • Billy Jenkins

            in 5 -10 years when Google wallet is being used in every store Apple will release something new for the Iphone which is the same idea as Google wallet but they charge you a monthly fee to use it and they will claim to be the first to use something like this. just like what they are trying to do with Siri. I gurantee you something like this will someday happen.

          • EC8CH

            Credit cards are rectangular, thin, and have round corners.
            Google Wallet is kinda like a credit card.
            Hence, Apple sues Google Wallet.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000155987673 Austin Mutschler

          Maybe Google should hire Apple to start sueing all the carriers for them.

      • Dan Brown

        Kellex, I’ve been looking all over the interwebs (and still am looking) for the direct source, but I’m pretty sure I remember reading that Google and Sprint have a US exclusive deal for Wallet… for a certain amount of time.

        There’s no talk of it recently… any ideas? I could be totally wrong; you’re the expert. It’s a conspiracy, I’m sure!

    • EC8CH

      you would think it wouldn’t take millions of dollars and a team of lawyers to prove that… but you’d probably be wrong.

  • You’redoingitwrong

    Pushing fast forward to an age when carriers are a pipe and nothing more….

  • Dominick DeVito

    That’s what unlocking the bootloader and rooting this phone will be for, if nothing else. Not a deal breaker.

    • Anonymous

      I get it.  But Verizon hasn’t shown any class since the Galaxy Nexus was announced.  Clearly they think they hold all the cards. . . and I’m feeling resentful and unwilling to support their greed.

      • Dominick DeVito

        Can’t agree with you more (for so many more reasons than NFC or the G-Nex launch)

  • JoeInMo

    I hope EVERYONE that buys a Galaxy Nexus will file a Better Business Bureau complaint against Verizon about this issue.  I know I will.

    • Anonymous

      Would this actually be the proper avenue? If so i will do it!

    • Jason

      Does the BBB actually do anything any more??? I remember throwing that threat out a long time and it would get peeps attention but now they just don’t care. Just wondering if it’s still relevant

  • SugaShane

    Kellex tells me I should be annoyed. I’m annoyed.

    • Anonymous

      Kellex is right. And now, so are you!

    • http://twitter.com/apdcgt greentea

      seriously, Google get your sh@#, together. How in the hell are you getting bossed around like a subordinate colonial wife. WTF is the point of a nexus device… first off, they shouldnt even be able to stop this app. Screw these rules, the carriers are too powerful, we need a full revamp of this f#$# country and its business laws. FCC, get your A@@ on this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Giles/24615546 Justin Giles

        WTF is the point??  He just said you can make it work if you root and flash a custom recovery…thats the point of a nexus device, you can do whatever the hell you want regardless of who tries to tell you to do otherwise…

        • Jason

          But by them getting together and muscling out competion they will make the google wallet incompatible and therefore useless. VZW is trying to block what you can do on your phone like apple for there own gain. This shouldn’t be allowed. Google is already going up against pretty much everyone on this and I doubt there system will be used because of this. The common person is not going to go through all that to use something that is new and they don’t really understand. They will go with what is easier and that is what is going to win.

          • Anonymous

            This isn’t Google’s phone.  It’s Verizon’s phone.  Made by Samsung for their customer: Verizon.

        • Anonymous

          Some people don’t want to void their warranty.  I’m not one that cares.

    • EC8CH

      Call Verizon and ask how to load Google Wallet.
      If they can’t help you, tell them you’re going to call your congressman and see if they can give you any better support.

      Then just root your phone and do it yourself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002845233145 Danny Eide

    This may be true, but please don’t even think for a second that computerworld is a credible source… Preorders on the 29th, right??? Confirmed, right??? Give me a break!

    • http://www.jrstart.com JR Raphael

      I write the blog at Computerworld where this came from and can assure you it’s legit. If it’s under the “Android Power” header, it’s under my byline — and it has nothing to do with any other blog you’ve read elsewhere on the site. Like Kellex, covering Android is my job. I take this stuff seriously.

      Cheers,

      JR

  • Anonymous

    ok, im not a android fan what so ever. i just like reading about this kinda stuff. but google need to light a fire up these carriers ass, it shouldn’t be up to them. please believe if this was apple and the carrier try to restrict something like this, Steve Jobs would literally rise from his grave a bitch slap every person in charge up in there

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Amen.

    • Anonymous

      Your so right, but in Apple case they play the part of the carrier restricting you to only use their product and crippling everything that is not. Google gives free choice it the carrier that says “You must obey me” Apple just doesn’t give free choice at all, take or leave it.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately, Google doesn’t have anywhere near Apple’s negotiating leverage.

  • Anonymous

    Still bullshit that a Google experience phone is not compatible with a Google application.

    • Dominick DeVito

      I don’t disagree with you in any way, but no where is it officially stated that the VZW version is a Google experience phone. I mean, the Google logo has been replaced with the Verizon one after all…something to ponder…

      • Anonymous

        Which is equally as bullshit…

        • Dominick DeVito

          agreed in full.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    It’s not a true Nexus. I have a feeling it won’t receive updates at the same time as the GSM version. All testing will have to go through Verizon first. We all knew Verizon would try to tarnish this phone as much as they could. It’s unfortunate.

    • Anonymous

      Google stated in the same article that the updates would all come from Google. No Verizon hold-ups.

      • Anonymous

        Google also is quoted in saying “its Verizon’s phone” when talking about the Galaxy Nexus. 

        How a “pure Google” phone ended up with bloatware(useful or not ITS STILL BLOATWARE which you f%cks said for 9 months it would have “ZERO BLOAT”) and not being able to use that “OH EMM GEE HOWZ DO WE LIVE WITHOUT IT ZOMG TEH NFC!!!!” for a Google service is beyond me. 

        Im just waiting for that first person to try and unlock the bootloader on the VERIZON version to be stopped dead in their tracks. I will laugh til my balls fall off. 

        • Bill Mitchell

          Such a silly boy! There are two Verizon apps that can be easily turned off with ICS… and like it was previously stated, the OS has not been tampered with Verizon. Programs are different than the OS itself, and the bootloader will be able to be unlocked.

          • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

            QFT

          • Anonymous

            So? You can remove bloat with Titanium as well. The POINT OF A NEXUS is ***NO BLOATWARE AT ALL PERIOD***.

            Also proof that you can unlock the VERIZON Galaxy Nexus’ bootloader would be swell here guy.

            NOONE has CONFIRMED that as Google said “its Verizon’s phone” Galaxy Nexus can have it’s bootloader unlocked…..infact everyone just assumes it can because it has the words “Nexus” in it….even though it’s NOT A REAL NEXUS. It’s just pretending to be.

            Every phone that has come out in the last 9 months I’ve been here has had early info on the bootloader and such……but what about the VERIZON version of the pretend Nexus?

            “oh sure it can be unlocked, it’s a NEXUS!”

            Sorry but we’re gonna need more PROOF than a name. The RAZR is  ONLY LOCKED ON VERIZON so what makes the Nexus special in Verizon corperate eyes?

          • Bill Mitchell

            Because developers use this phone. That’s who Google directs it towards, and development is most open on an unlocked phone.

            Not that it matters that I’m telling it to you, I can see from your posts that you’re either a troll or a child. Go back to Gizmodo ;)

          • Anonymous

            Exactly. That’s not PROOF. Just rumors.

            I mean ACTUAL PROOF of a VERIZON branded Galaxy Nexus with a unlocked bootloader. Sure the GSM version is unlocked….so developers can develop for that and it would work on the Verizon branded one. But you STILL have yet to provide concrete PROOF of anything.

          • Bill Mitchell

            Yes, I am aware… Then again, neither do you

          • Anonymous

            From what I’ve read, you’re correct, the apps will be easily removed.  However, kixofmyg0t is correct in that for months everyone has been hyping this phone up to be pure in the sense that the carriers will not/can not tamper with it at all.  This even means no carrier branded apps.Now, to most of the people who would have preferred that, their disappointed because of the way Verizon is handling this phone. 

          • Anonymous

            Can you please post the link to where it was stated by Google that Verizon has not tampered with this OS except for installing their crapware behind the system partition.

        • Christopher Riner

           sounds like some type of fanboy fearing nexus competition.  I never understood what type of person that it takes, to actually WANT to see someone else fail or become dissappointed.  You must love apple, because your taking their approach.  You want the tallest building around, and so instead of building yours the highest you go around trying to tear all the other ones down (with lawsuits and hammers) and restrict worldwide innovation from other people.

          It’s okay, not everyone enjoys competition.

          • Anonymous

            Not sure how you twisted my comment to say I “love apple”…..you even threw “lawsuits” in there…..wow. Are you on drugs?

            My rant is directed towards the “G-Nex” fanboys that have hypebeasted this thing to religious level and whatever faults come up they backpeddle and say “ohh no it’s ok”

            ALLLL fricken year no matter what phone it was it was “a piece of sh#t” because it had bloatware…..or it had this…or it had that….then Verizon added two bloatware apps(which btw means they TAMPERED WITH THE OS THERE GUY) and the “G-Nex” fanboys all of the sudden were like “ohhh no it’s ok bloatware is ok!!”

            I’m calling out the hypocrites. I don’t care about the Galaxy Nexus myself. It’s because of the Nexus trolls that I don’t even WANT ICS anymore. I’ll wait for CM9.

            I don’t WANT it to fail but when you hype something fricken STAND BEHIND YOUR WORDS.  

          • Christopher Riner

            well you definitely don’t want to see it do well, because if it doesn’t then you can’t laugh your balls off.

            and yes i’m on drugs.  just not right now.

          • Anonymous

            I never said I don’t want it to do well. Find where I ever said that.

            What I said was *IF* the bootloader turns out to be encrypted I will laugh my balls off. Do you know why? Because the Nexus trolls have bashed EVERY SINGLE PHONE since the OG Droid because of the stupid bootloader issue. A locked bootloader hasn’t stopped ROM development for anything….and I’ve even seen people who have grabbed their virtual pitchforks before say that they arn’t gonna even ROM their Nexus. So wtf is the point of having an unlockable bootloader that you claim is so DAMN important if you’re not even gonna ROM ur phone?

            IDC how well the pretend Nexus does. I WILL be glad once it’s relased though. Then DROID-LIFE will hopefully get back to being DROID-LIFE and not “NEXUS RUMOR-LIFE”.

          • Anonymous

            Your not mad bro… Your pissed..

          • Anonymous

            You seriously got problems bro…

          • kixofmyg0t’s dildo

            u off your meds, bro?

  • http://twitter.com/m1dnite Kevin N

    As long is there a way to hack it on there I’ll be A OK with it. Since day 1 my phone will be rooted and week 1 once the ROMS are made, I’ll have one on there and it’ll be cooked in (hopefully).. moving on… 

    • Christopher Riner

       btw, already a couple (purportedly) nice performance enhancing drugs–err, I mean–roms, for the galaxy nexus and ice cream sandwich.  Can’t wait to unlock this bad boy and give it the juice! 

      As a side note, I have had smidgens of dismay here and there about the ui of the nexus (number of homescreens not customizable, not sure if you can change icons of stuff, no gestures like launcher pro– loved those things), but overall I kept telling myself that even tho it was a nexus, ICS was sweet enough to leave well enough alone (but of course rooting for the occasional rom here and there).  Now I’m starting to think that there will (hopefully) be some really sweet roms with major performance tweaks, and minor ui tweaks here and there.   That would hit the sweet spot for me

  • mkrr23

    wow.

  • http://twitter.com/MrYizzo Michael Tucker

    Yizzoooooo Vzw is wack