(Google’s specific statement, when I emailed: ”Verizon asked us
not to include this functionality in the product.” Verizon didn’t
immediately get back to me with an explanation, but it’s easy to
speculate that this has something to do with Verizon’s own
projects in mobile payments, namely Isis.)
In a twist of irony, or maybe just a coincidence, that new phone
— the Galaxy Nexus — runs on the very Verizon network that
Google fought to keep open. But now Google is the one helping deny
consumers access to a cool new application.
This is neither irony nor coincidence. This is hypocrisy, pure and simple.