By Stephen Schenck | September 14, 2012 5:14 PM
It seems like we just got done talking about what a recent spate of success Google Wallet was seeing, now only to be inundated by stories of Verizon users suddenly finding themselves unable to access the service; what’s going on?
Verizon doesn’t officially support Google Wallet on its version of the Galaxy Nexus, and users who sideloaded the app or otherwise modified their phone’s software to allow it to be installed recently started running into error messages telling them their device/network was unsupported.
You can blame all this on last week’s update to Google Wallet. Apparently, having given users some time to upgrade, Google is now disabling Wallet access through the old version. For these Verizon users, with no way to easily update through Google Play, the app appears to be shutting-down.
There are already copies of the new APK floating around, ready to re-install, but this points out yet another downside to working-around one of these carrier-imposed restrictions: even when everything’s working great, it just takes one change to break compatibility. Lets hope no Verizon users found themselves out and about, hoping to rely on Google Wallet to make payments, when this change went down.
Source: Android Central