azrienoch · Dec 6, 2011 at 04:12 pm

Verizon Bloats the Galaxy Nexus

How many carriers does it take to screw up a lightbulb?  One, if the lightbulb represents a good idea, but the other carriers are certain to join in, anyway.   Google’s Nexus family is that good idea.

According to 9to5Google, Verizon will block Google Wallet on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in favor of its own product, Isis–a competing payment app, collaboratively created with AT&T and T-Mobile.  Google Wallet won’t come installed on the Android Market on Verizon.  (But note, Verizon said they are not blocking Google Wallet.  It’s simply “not supported.”  On Google’s own phone.)  To repeat myself, the latest Nexus phone, Google’s yearly zenith of innovation, will sport bloatware.

Amidst the tidal stench of phones crusted over with all the crap carriers and manufacturers stick on them, the Nexus line is a fresh, relieving breeze.  Or was.  I don’t know what Google was thinking, agreeing to smudge their own idealism and the Nexus’ purity.  In fact, I don’t know what Verizon was thinking.  There will be other phones.  Plenty of them.  It won’t be long until those phones out-perform the Galaxy Nexus.  Why this phone?  Why right now?

It takes a special sort of consumer to buy a Nexus.  These people are looking specifically for the Google experience.  They want pure, unadulterated Android.  I don’t care whether Google Wallet sucks.  It’s part of the Google experience.  I don’t care if your alternative is way better.  It’s not part of the Google experience.  So, for this special sort of consumer, where’s the incentive to buy the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, now?

While I doubt this will be a huge factor in sales,  I think Verizon is shooting itself in the lower extremities.  Let’s hope that AT&T and T-Mobile, the other founders of Isis, aren’t so self-absorbed and impatient that they completely ignore the whole point of the Nexus family.  Stay tuned for the fourth Nexus phone in 2012, where Google makes sure the Nexus brand is absolutely meaningless, featuring Android Jellybean, a trial version of Asphalt 7 and locked bootloader.

Please let us know how you feel in the comments.


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