After updating to Android 4.0.4 on his Verizon-powered Galaxy Nexus, one of our readers noticed that Google Wallet was popping up as being compatible. As many of you know, Verizon told Google that they would rather Wallet was not made available to the G-Nex at launch as it was looked at differently than other apps, which most of us took to mean, “We have our own NFC payment system on the way, please block your own.”
So we aren’t sure if 4.0.4 and this newly found compatibility is Google’s way of saying, “Piss off,” or if Verizon has given it the thumbs up. Either way, we pulled up the listing in the Play store and it also showed that our VZW Nexus (100% stock) was compatible. It installed without issue and even allowed us to re-add our previous card and balance.
Feel free to check for yourself and let us know.
Update: The first batch of comments are leading us to believe that this may not be the case for everyone. What’s odd is that both myself and our reader are as stock as it gets (I’m not even rooted at the moment) and it installed without issue. Continue to let us know in the comments what your outcome is.