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No Google Wallet on Verizon's coming Galaxy Nexus

Word comes as Verizon works with partners on competing mobile payment system called Isis

Google Wallet, a mobile payment app, won't appear on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone from Verizon Wireless, a Google spokesman told Computerworld blogger J. R. Raphael this week.

The Google spokesman told Raphael that Verizon chose not to use Google wallet, but declined further comment.

Verizon could not be reached early Tuesday for a comment on the report.

Verizon is working with AT&T and T-Mobile USA to create a competing mobile payment system and software called Isis, which uses Near Field Communication, ot NFC, technology. NFC is also used in Sprint's Nexus S smartphone, which supported the first iteration of Google Wallet .

Without the support of the Isis carriers or at least Verizon -- the largest U.S. carrier with 107 million subscribers -- Google Wallet faces an uphill battle, analysts have said.

Isis is planning trial projects in Salt Lake City and Austin during the first half of 2012.

The Isis network last September announced that seven major manufacturers -- HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, Research in Motion, Samsung and Sony Ericsson -- would issue NFC smartphones that use Isis standards and related software.

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus on 4G LTE has been eagerly awaited by the Android faithful because it's the first device set to run Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0.

Blogger Raphael has praised the phone's pure Android experience and also confirmed yesterday that Google, not Verizon, will provide any future updates to the device.

Some reports suggested that the Galaxy Nexus has been repeatedly delayed on 4G LTE on Verizon due to discussions with Google about how much control Verizon would have over the phone's features, apps and software.

Carriers typically customize smartphones beyond plain Android, which makes the Galaxy Nexus distinct.

The Galaxy Nexus has already appeared in the UK and will be launched in Canada this week. Some photos of red packaging have been leaked that indicate the device could be nearing its launch on Verizon, perhaps on Friday .

Verizon still has not disclosed an official launch date for the device.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen , or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is [email protected] .

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