Verizon Google Galaxy NexusVerizon is blocking Google from the carrier’s version of the Galaxy Nexus, set to be released next week in US. Although Google assisted Samsung in the phone’s development, the search engine giant’s mobile payment system will not be functional on Verizon’s version of the phone, at Verizon’s request.

The news was not well received by Android fans. They had hoped to see the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone released with Ice Cream 4.0, released onto the market with full functionality.

A representative of Google revealed to CNET that Verizon requested the feature be disabled in the product. However, whether this request is related to Isis, a joint venture between Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA, and AT&T, or not is still mere speculation. The trio of carriers announced Isis last Summer as their new mobile payments company, but Google beat them to the punch.

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