When Sprint first came out with the news that it is adding the HTC EVO 4G LTE to its lineup of Android-powered devices, one of the main selling points mentioned by the carrier about the handset is its ability to take advantage of the NFC chip in its chassis. With this in play, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is able to take full advantage of its Google Wallet functionality.
However, there were numerous reports from last week that Sprint subscribers rocking the HTC EVO 4G LTE for their mobile weapon of choice were unable to use the Google Wallet feature on the handset. Users of the handset reported not being able to access the feature and are getting an error message that says “Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device / carrier”.
Buy the HTC Evo 4G LTE starting at $49.
In normal times, this kind of news would have seemed strange, weird even, because Sprint is the only carrier in US shores who has openly showed interest in the mobile payment system. However, conspiracy theorists claim that a sinister air was felt when the news came out because of a recent report that the wireless provider is also in the process of developing its own mobile payment system called Sprint Touch which will directly compete with Google Wallet.
To clear things out, Google came out a few days after the news broke out and ended all the speculation by announcing that the Google Wallet issues encountered on the HTC EVO 4G LTE stems from a software issue on the NFC component of the handset. Furthermore, the company also announced that it is already working on a fix that will get this taken care of.
Just today, Google announced that the fix for the Google Wallet issue has already been deployed and the feature is now fully working again on the HTC EVO 4G LTE. With this taken care of, users of the handset again now have the ability to add credit card information and use the Google Wallet functionality on their smartphones to make purchases – which was the plan of Google right from the start. As for those who haven’t tried this functionality on the handset, they should be able to launch Google Wallet without encountering any issues at all.
As for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, the handset is the current flagship device of Sprint. It already runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its operating system and this draws power from the handset’s QualComm MSM8960 SnapDragon chipset. The flawless performance of the handset on the other hand is courtesy of its dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and 1GB of RAM. The storage space onboard the handset comes up to 16GB and a user also has the option to have it expanded by using the microSD card slot of the device. As for its display, the HTC EVO 4G LTE sports a 4.7-inch SuperIPS LCD2 panel with a 1280 x 720 resolution while its camera department is composed of a main 8MP shooter at its back panel and front-facing 1.3MP webcam out front, both capable of 1080p and 720p video capture respectively. Buy the HTC Evo 4G LTE starting at $49.
Source: PhoneArena.com, Phandroid