Google's recently launched 'Google Edition' versions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 represent the first time that existing consumer hardware has been updated with 'stock' Android and then made available through Google's online Play Store. All previous Android phones sold directly by Google have included support for Google Wallet, but the HTC One Google Edition does not.

Google's Wallet support page has been updated to reflect the fact that the Galaxy S4 GE supports Google Wallet. This is not the case with the HTC One, with the application being listed only as compatible with the Sprint variant of the Taiwanese manufacturer's flagship device.

It is not yet clear why Google's own variant of the HTC One does not support Google Wallet, but it has been speculated that perhaps the HTC One GE features NFC hardware that's incompatible with Wallet. If this is the case, it's unlikely that the device would receive Wallet support in the future. Furthermore, due to Android's lack of native SIM secure element support, HTC One GE users would be left completely unable to make NFC payments.

A request has been made to HTC for comment on the issue.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. SG says:

    Trying to do justice

    Is so much talk About Google Wallet

    Gaston Schwabacher will go down in history as the inventor
    of

    Electronic Wallet

    owner of the Intellectual Rights of Patent PI 9500345

    INPI Brazil, in 1995, before Google even existed.

    Gaston Schwabacher

    Will be among the great creators, inventors as:

    Bell, Da Vinci, Daimler, Edison, Volta, Watt and many ...

    others.

    But enjoy the dollars.
    Royalties ??!!!???



    Many dollars to run depending on banks, which everyone knows
    is not about the client's welfare, only seeks profits.

    Contact the owner of the intellectual Electronic Wallet.

    He's the inventor of the Electronic Wallet. Besides this
    invention 150 other inventions and novel business models. Maybe it solves all
    problems. Maybe with a good team, he has ideas.

  2. freakinHTC says:

    Are you kidding me? I just bought a brandnew phone and I can't use it for nfc payments in the future? wtf

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