Users of Google's newly-released 2013 model of the Nexus 7 have been unable to install the Google Wallet application from the Play Store. New comment from a Google employee has seemingly confirmed that this is due to the device being physically incompatible with the service.

A comment on Android Police from Peter Hazlehurst, Google's head of payments project management, states that there's no secure element in the 2013 Nexus 7. This is in reference to the embedded secure element that is used by Google Wallet to store secure payments information.

The new Nexus 7 is the first handheld NFC-enabled Nexus device to not feature a hardware secure element. This news comes after it was also confirmed that Google's version of the HTC One also lacks a hardware secure element, making it incompatible with Google Wallet.

Questions are being raised about Google's commitment to the NFC payments service now that two devices being sold by the company have omitted hardware support for Google Wallet.

Google did not provide comment on the reasoning behind this hardware change when contacted.

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