Here we go again. When the Verizon Galaxy Nexus was first released, users had to get Google Wallet from other means besides the Google Play Store. It wasn’t a difficult process. All users needed to do was obtain the APK file from somewhere and then sideload it onto the Galaxy Nexus. From there everything worked perfectly. However, Verizon and Google found a way to once again disable Google Wallet access from the Galaxy Nexus.
Anyone who has tried to use their Google Wallet over the last couple of days may have noticed that the app has once again been patched. The error message reads:
This version of the Google Wallet app is no longer supported. Please download the latest version from the Android Market.
Of course, if you go to the Play Store and try to update it, it will tell you that Google Wallet is not supported on your device. A pleasant little Catch-22, wouldn’t you say? It also affects all previously known workarounds so the old methods will no longer work.
So how do we get it back?
Thankfully, the Android community didn’t need long to figure out a workaround for this issue. Members of our wonderful community have already begun flooding various blog posts with download links to the new APK file that will work. It probably will not be long until a permanent download link is posted on XDA-Developers or RootzWiki with stable mirrors. Until then, you’ll need to grab it out of the comments on a blog post like this one at Droid-Life.
Installing the new Google Wallet is easy. Download the APK wherever you can get it and install it over the old version you currently have. It has been confirmed working by a number of people and you should be back up and paying for things with NFC again in no time. You must be quick, though, as most download links are to personal Dropbox accounts, which have a download limit.