The Galaxy Nexus could be a pure Google phone, free of bloatware and designed to run Android specifically as Google envisions it. However on Verizon Wireless, that won’t be the case.
Although the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will run a mostly unmodified version of Android four.zero, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, the carrier will block Google Wallet, that allows you to pay at some retailers by swiping your phone in front of a payment terminal, Computerworld reports. Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T are operating on their own payment system referred to as Isis, and Google Wallet, backed by Sprint, would be a threat. Isis isn’t launching till next year, though, so Verizon Galaxy Nexus users won’t be in a position to use NFC payments in any respect.
Verizon hasn’t confirmed a unleash date or worth for the Galaxy Nexus nonetheless, however unnamed sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the phone can launch this month for $three hundred, and a rumor from Droid Life says the phone will launch on December 9. Verizon’s meddling aside, the Galaxy Nexus still appearance just like the Android phone to beat. Our own Harry McCracken called it“a worthy rival (to the iPhone) during a manner that previous Android phones have not been.”
Verizon will additionally install bloatware on the phone. Two apps are confirmed: My Verizon Mobile and Backup Assistant. The former is somewhat understandable, because it lets Verizon customers pay and manage their bills, however the latter is redundant providing Google additionally backs up your contacts automatically (and makes them accessible on other, non-Verizon devices). Fortunately, Android Ice Cream Sandwich encompasses a bloatware removal tool to forestall unwanted software from gobbling up system resources.