Feb 03 AT 4:50 PM Dustin Earley 62 Comments

[Update from Google] The CDMA/LTE Galaxy Nexus is no longer considered a developer device

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. The number one reason you should buy a Nexus device is because your updates come directly from Google. Meaning you have first dibs and the lastest and greatest Android has to offer.

When we learned that some GSM Nexus devices were not going to be updated by Google, instead being controlled regionally by carriers and Samsung, we were a little disappointed. But at least Verizon’s CDMA/LTE Galaxy Nexus is safe. Well, it was.

There’s been no official word from Google, but the Android Developers website tells it all. The CDMA Galaxy Nexus, codename “toro,” is no longer supported on the Android Developers website. Special CDMA radio installation and download instructions have been yanked, and factory images for the CDMA Nexus are listed as “archived, for reference only.”

There’s no telling exactly what is going on, but it doesn’t look like a mistake. Perhaps Verizon wanted more control over the device? Maybe they needed to add more custom apps, or decided they wanted to exclusively handle the updating procedure? Whatever the case, this is a sad day for Verizon customers who thought they were buying a developer device. It’s not that this will really impact consumers for the most part, but enthusiasts will surely feel let down.

We’ll let you know if the situation changes.

Update:

Dan Morrill has taken to the Android Contributors Google Groups page to explain the situation.

For various technical reasons, recent CDMA Android devices implement core telephony functionality in .apk files provided in binary form by the carriers. To function correctly, these .apk files must be signed by the so-called 'platform' key. However, when an individual creates a custom build from the AOSP source code, they don't use the same signing key as these CDMA flies were signed with.

The result is that these files don't work properly, and pure AOSP builds running on these devices can't place calls, access mobile data, and so on. Because we aim to make sure that we are as clear as possible about the degree of support that devices have, we updated the docs over at source.android.com to reflect this reality.

We will still make available as many as possible of the closed-source binaries for these devices, and Nexus devices will continue to have unlockable bootloaders. And, of course, GSM/HSPA+ devices are still supported, as are any other devices we're able to support. We've simply updated the documentation to be clearer about the current extent of CDMA support.Dan MorrillGoogle

It looks like there’s nothing really going on here. Developers compiling and using pure AOSP builds are leaving CDMA phones less than functional. Your weekend has been saved.

Source: DroidLife

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  • Thomas Biard

    This changes my potential phone buying situation…

    Should I rely on XDA and still get it?

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      If you’re not going to rely on the developer community, what other options do you have or why does this matter? I’m guessing you weren’t solely dependent upon AOSP and your personal development.

  • oddball

    Perhaps this ties into the rumor of the upgraded hardware? Or maybe (I hope so) they found a way to voice over LTE working and they are getting rid of the CDMA portion?

    • dcds

      This has nothing to do with a possible upgraded GNex for what I’ve read.

      CDMA is at fault here, and that’s why the Nexus S 4G is also affected by this. There are posts over the Internet already explaining this:

      http://www.androidcentral.com/verizon-galaxy-nexus-support-not-dropped-after-all

      Read comments, too. Apparently this is nothing new. They are just updating the _documentation_ to reflect better the practices that were always here…

      That said, I’m glad I got the GSM GNex. I’m glad I live in a GSM-only country (almost entirely)… I can just change the SIM and go anywhere (as I did many times).

      • dcds

        I know that variants of CDMA use SIM cards… I was talking about the advantages (seeing this topic) of having just one network technology…

        • Adnoxaei

          My GNex on Verizon has a SIM card, but it is only for accessing LTE. It still relies on CDMA.

  • spazby

    I am not sure I am buying this…

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    I’m calling it now. Galaxy Nexus now referred to as: “The Samsung Galaxy Formerly Known as Nexus S II S HD LTE”

    • Dustin Earley

      Fits in with Samsung’s carrier name scheme perfectly!

  • Josh Phillips

    So who do we sue in this scenario? Google? Verizon? This wreaks of false advertising at this point.

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Unless you can find proof that Verizon advertising the phone as a developer phone and will be updated directly by Google, the answer is no.

      As far as I can tell, Google never directly advertises the LTE variant of the Galaxy Nexus, how can you sue them for false advertisement?

      • Hue Three of Five

        Yea I don’t think they ever advertised it as a developer phone, just as the first ICS phone.

  • noriega713

    Ouch…I have a feeling Verizon is the reason behind this.

    • Fulaman

      And I don’t think you would be wrong

      • Hue Three of Five

        Verizon is always behind it

        • cb2000a

          That’s why I left them….

          • stelv

            I hear you. I want to bad. Any ideas of where to go?

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Notice that they’ve also removed other devices such as the Xoom LTE and the Nexus S 4G. Something is going on here…

  • DrDaxxy

    Someone who bought the device should sue. They’re deceiving customers, removing a feature that was a major selling point.

    • Bpear96

      Same thing happened on the PS3, Sony removed other OS feature, people sued, no effect.

    • Slith

      Lady in California just sued Honda over the gas mileage of her Civic and won. The trick was she sued them in small claims court where Honda could not have their lawyers wipe her out.

      Someone could do the same thing here. Quite easily.

      • Me

        Probably is that Small Claims is just that- “Small Claims”. You’re not going to set any precedent, and you’ll likely only win barely enough to cover your lawyer fees and your time.

        This lady likely wasn’t “wiped out” because Honda didn’t care about losing 10k or whatever small sum she won. It was cheaper for them to just ignore it, probably.

        • PhilH

          Lady was a former lawyer thats now going to make money helping people sue Honda as she did. The individuals won’t make much but she’ll make a killing.

  • Bryan Stoner

    I would be weeping my eyes out but Gummy Nex custom rom is so good. However for those who like to play it safe; I feel for you!!!

  • Daniel
    • BrotherG

      So does this mean they will start blocking calls and Data on all AOSP custom ROMS?

      “Hello! This is a quick clarification about support for CDMA devices.

      For various technical reasons, recent CDMA Android devices implement core telephony functionality in .apk files provided in binary form by the carriers. To function correctly, these .apk files must be signed by the so-called “platform” key. However, when an individual creates a custom build from the AOSP source code, they don’t use the same signing key as these CDMA flies were signed with.

      The result is that these files don’t work properly, and pure AOSP builds running on these devices can’t place calls, access mobile data, and so on. Because we aim to make sure that we are as clear as possible about the degree of support that devices have, we updated the docs over at source.android.com to reflect this reality.

      We will still make available as many as possible of the closed-source binaries for these devices, and Nexus devices will continue to have unlockable bootloaders. And, of course, GSM/HSPA+ devices are still supported, as are any other devices we’re able to support. We’ve simply updated the documentation to be clearer about the current extent of CDMA support.

      We are of course always working to improve support, and we’ll keep everyone updated as we make improvements. Thanks as always for your interest in AOSP!

      - Dan”

  • Jorge Vieira

    Wow I just got the amazon deal for it. Idk, all in all I dont think its that big of a deal. But still dissapointing maybe this is what google said that carriers will be faster with updates maybe this is amway to show everyone they are serious.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    I just wish Google would semi the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus in the US with a full warranty in Best Buy already. This Verizon exclusivity crap pisses me off.

  • sunrise

    Sorry but people need to stop referring to the Galaxy Nexus exclusively as a “developer device.”

    Clearly that is not how Google is marketing the device. They want it to be as common as the iPhone and to be a phone for ALL. Sure developers can use it as a reference to develop, but the same is done on the iPhone. Is the iPhone exclusively a “developers device?”…NO!

    Clearly Google doesn’t want the Nexus to be referred to that either. They are trying to attract the masses. Watch their marketing material which clearly says to the masses, “CALLING ALL:”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdD8s0jFJYo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAlO9Mt7-XA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc_o_Y-QHt4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l4D2tn_-kQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=equJOSW_eCM

    http://www.google.com/nexus

  • Slith

    This doesn’t really surprise me. As soon as it came down that the GN would be on Verizon, it became an anomaly. I just came believe Big Red had the power to push Google into it. If indeed, that was the case.

  • Kelly

    I thought the whole “Nexus” thing was sort of *for* developers.

  • boro09

    Why can’t we be friends, VZW? Just leave the NEXUS alone!

  • redraider133

    If google no longer updates this device like a nexus it will be my last android device. This is crazy that they release something then 2 months later say it is no longer a developer device. Total bait and switch…

    • Christopher

      Oh shut up, stop whining

  • Ray

    vzw sucks

  • txbluesman

    It is now a Nex them not a Nex us. What happened to keeping the Consumer Happy???

  • slurms mckenzie

    i kept saying it all along the verizon nexus is not a TRUE nexus, its a fake

  • mihavit

    I wish this information was available to me when I was purchasing the device. I now I feel like a total jacka** buying this product that isn’t supported by google. What’s next??? I think apple has something to do with this. Smh WHY…. I hope this will get resolved soon becuz I love the nexus line and for it to start getting updates like the other carrier devices will kill android for real. Why apple products don’t go through these kinda issues? What are they doing that delegates google from apple when it comes to devices?

    • trob6969

      Apple doesn’t go through this sort of thing because their customers already know upon buying that the phone they’re getting is limited to what it can do right-out-the-box.

  • Nathan D.

    Well it not all that bad so what it not a true nexus it still close though

  • Fulaman

    I told everyone that Verizon sucks

    • redraider133

      Except the nexus s 4g was also removed which is all sprint not verizon…..

  • E-man

    I have verizon.

  • stuart26

    could this mean gsm galaxy nexus? i wish……

  • Max.Steel

    Jeez, get a grip. The Nexus WILL still get updates. It might be a little slower. So fucking what? It’s still the same awesome Android OS and a great hardware. Jeez.

    • drozes

      Because I was sold something under false pretenses. That’s why. Its a bait and switch scheme. As a consumer, I have a right to buy what is presumed to be what is advertised. Now, it is not. Lame.

      • Christopher

        You were told you were buy a PURE Google phone…. it is a PURE Google phone… How is that a bait and switch?

    • delinear

      Some people specifically chose this phone because they believed it would get quick updates. If you bought a sports car to drive it fast at the track and 2 months later it was limited to 60kph you’d be annoyed. If you only bought the car to drive around town and never go over 40 you probably wouldn’t care. Different people want different things from their purchases and one person’s non issue is another’s deal breaker.

  • Billy

    Hmm .. Sounds like it got resolved and is still supported by Google .. but it still seems less than Nexus in my opinion.

    • honourbound68

      i no rite?

  • Mightytalldude

    The CDMA/LTE version never was listed as a developer device, , period http://source.android.com/source/building-devices.html

  • Thomas

    Dear Verizon, This is the last phone I will ever buy from you. Have a nice day.

  • drozes

    Class action lawsuit? Remember when Verizon had to pay every person in the us $2 dollars? Make it happen people. We do not have to tolerate this nonsense. As consumers businesse cater to us, not them. We are where their profits come from. Put their 97% customer service scores to task. Anarchy! Sorry got caught up in the hype.

  • Richard Yarrell

    People are JUMPING the gun. The Galaxy Nexus on verizon is a galaxy nexus inspite of what’s said and updates will be NORMAK count on that…http://www.androidcentral.com/verizon-galaxy-nexus-support-not-dropped-after-all

    • squiddy20

      You’re one to talk about “jumping the gun”. You’re the one who stated the Evo 3D would be out June 4th when the only shred of evidence we had of that was nothing more than a rumor. You’re the moron who said he would have the Galaxy Nexus “day one” on Nov 8 when the *rumors* were saying it would be out then, and again on the 24th, and again on Dec 7, etc.
      Also, what the heck is “normak”? Shouldn’t your “bitch slapping” Galaxy Nexus have picked up on that glaring misspelling? My “useless” Samsung Moment certainly does, and even auto-corrects it to “normal” for me. You honestly can’t call me “useless”, an “idiot”, or “uneducated” when you misspell things MUCH more frequently than I do.

  • jd

    Shit….I was gonna jump to Verizon after my current contract expires late this year.

    • Fulaman

      Kindly do not.

      • honourbound68

        Will sprint’s cdma version also suffer the same fate? I was ready to pay a $70 early termination fee to switch from sprint to verizon. now i dont know… i was really looking forward to getting this phone :(

  • greeny42

    Hmm, I was scared and worried at first, but now I’m just confused. I guess that’s an improvement?

  • mshramek

    I really think that Google is trying to get a grip on the fragmentation of the various OS’s out there. I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point in the future they make the android platform less and less “open source”. The biggest complaint of standard Android users is that the platform is not seamless like iOS. While there are a group of people who get android to be able to experiment and customize the phone, the vast majority of people have no interest in that and just wants something that “works”. Not only that but rolling out updates is a painstaking task and from an efficiency standpoint, really needs to be improved upon.

    The only way to make this possible is to exercise complete control over the development of the OS.

  • Disclosed

    THE REAL FACTS ON THE GALAXY NEXUS ARE:

    GOOGLE PROVIDE NO SUPPORT ON ITS PRODUCT AND THE SAME GOES TO SAMSUNG.

    The following is a list of faults with your Android Software on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus I have encountered to date and others as well such as my friends and also if you do your research on the internet:

    - Volume is very low. The latest ICS update 4.0.2 does not fix this issue.
    - Accelerometer pulls to the left. It is not aligned.
    - Email Exchange does not allow for pin security. Customers need to use third party app such as Touchdown in order to connect to their Exchange Servers. Google/Samsung advertised that I could connect to my work emails EASILY. Actually I cannot at all. http://www.google.com/nexus/# the native mail client does not support SMIME so I really don’t understand how you can advertise that we can connect to corporate emails easily. My guestimate would be about 80% of companies are unable to connect or if not more.
    - Android on occasions reboots for no known reason. Even during a call whilst the phone rings.
    - Multi touch does not work properly.
    - Screen sometimes does not rotate with ease.
    - Phone’s battery life is atrocious
    - Poor 3G connectivity and in some cases no internet connection at all while in the middle of the city with a mobile tower above me.

    GOOGLE AND SAMSUNG YOU ARE PATHETIC. YOU SHOULD BE SUED AND PROVIDE FULL REFUNDS.