Feb 15 AT 4:48 PM Dustin Earley 71 Comments

Has Samsung really killed off production of the 32GB Galaxy Nexus?


One of the biggest complaints surrounding the GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the lack of expandable storage. For those who prefer life in the cloud, it’s not a big deal. For others, it’s a deal breaker; 16GB simply isn’t enough. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus comes with 32GB of internal storage, or twice the amount of the GSM Nexus. Since the 16GB GSM Nexus’ initial release, there’s been a considerale amount of consumers waiting around for a 32GB version. If a recent statement from an Expansys representative is correct, that day will never come.

Corey from Expansys has taken to XDA to announce that Samsung has cancelled any plans to release a 32GB GSM Galaxy Nexus. According to the post on XDA, Expansys was notified yesterday morning that “Samsung have dropped the Galaxy Nexus 32GB from production.” He added that, “at this time it looks like they will not be releasing it.” Earlier today, Negri Electronics confirmed that they have received the same message as well.

We’ve yet to see an official statement from Samsung, and don’t really expect to, but it seems this can only mean one thing for potential GSM Nexus owners. If you want your device to run on AT&T or T-Mobile, and you want to purchase it anytime soon, you’re going to have to live with 16GB storage. What does this mean for potential CDMA/LTE Nexus owners? It could spell bad news.

The white LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus, rumored to hit Verizon sooner than later, is supposed to come with only 16GB of internal storage. There’s another rumor floating around that Verizon will also release a gray Nexus (the original color) that also has 16GB of storage, but it will sell for $199 on contract – $100 less than the 32GB Nexus. Sprint’s Nexus was supposed to launch with 32GB of storage like the Verizon, but now we’re not sure.

Does the release of a 16GB white, and 16GB gray Nexus on Verizon mean Samsung is killing off the 32GB Nexus altogether? Are 32GB Nexuses simply being reserved for carrier branded devices only? As of right now, we’re left with more questions than answers. As soon as we know more, we’ll be sure to share.

Via: Android Community

Source: XDA

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • GeauxLSU

    This is why all phones should have removable/expandable memory slots!!!

    • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

      Totally agree, don’t like the trend toward devices with no SD expansion, or difficult / PIA to get to expansion slot.

      • ben steel

        Could it be the Carriers are leaning that direction…..pushing users to the cloud and in turn greater revenue from data consumption…? Isn’t that what you’d do if you were running a wireless company and your greatest concern was showing growth, profit, and revenue ….that’s the only thing investors are looking for…right…?
        (stock holders interest almost always out weights customer interest)

        • Jorge Eslava

          I was halfway through the article when I realized this more than probable truth.

          • honourbound68

            not entirely convinced that we’re being “directed” to the cloud. a majority of devices made or are being produced still have expansion slots. The exception to this seem to be Sammy (on the Android side). I think this is more “upbranding” and head-to-head competition with Apple than anything else. When you think about it, GN is the competitor to the iPhone. Pure Android (instead of Carrier skinned ui’s) vs iOS. No exp card vs no exp card. SAmoled vs Retina. etc etc. You can almost make the same case for Galaxy Tabs. Sammy’s marketing strategy confirms this. It’s not about Sammy targeting to be the best Android maker, it’s about Sammy wanting to knock Apple of its perch. Good job, Sammy for taking the fight to Apple.

        • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

          Good point although not sure % that actually use cloud other than free Dropbox etc. I think the obsession with thinness started by Apple is also responsible. In some ways, some new devices feel too thin to hold comfortably for longer durations. I personally feel that way about Galaxy Nexus, and most reviews indicate more comfortable with extended battery.

          • trob6969

            What really gets to me is that not only are the super-thin phones less comfortable to hold but these smartphone manufacturers are sacrificing functionality to make them thin. If it were’nt for the ‘thin’ obcession phones could have MUCH better battery life AND more features.

      • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

        Unfortunately i don’t think the trend is going anywhere soon. I remember an interview with mattias duarte where he was dead against expandable memory because it forced people into the old Windows style file system. Or something haha

        • Tony

          It makes sense when you think about it. Rather than having anything that was on the MicroSD unavailable when you plug it in for USB Mass Storage, you just MTP.

          It makes sense and I’ve been entirely happy with it on my Motorola Xoom. Since my CWM and such is all on internal now. I don’t need the MicroSD anymore.

    • BillyBob

      I did not know the Nexus lacked memory slots. That tidbit has cured me of my Nexus envy!

      • delinear

        It’s the only real flaw with the Galaxy Nexus. Apparently Nexus devices have never had expandable storage, I don’t know why, one of the big advantages of Android over the fruit-themed phone is expandable storage, it just feels odd that Google wouldn’t want this in their showcase device.

        • KingButler

          The Nexus One had expandable storage.

          • Tony

            Yes but the Nexus One HAD to have it, without it, end-user experience would’ve been terrible.

    • spazby

      Agreed, let the users decide how much they need…

    • Martha

      Thats why i have a superior iPhone 4S from world leader Apple inc.
      Its always available!

      • honourbound68

        NOT! Since when did iPhone have expandable storage?? Know your phone!!

      • trob6969

        WHAT?! Not only does your pathetic iphone 4s NOT have an sd slot but it only has 512mb of ram!!! The OLD original motorola droid from over 2yrs. ago had that amount of ram!!! But the moto droid also had an sd slot though! Lol!

    • jonathan3579

      I read Google’s explanation for why they prefer the Nexus’ to have no slots. It was pretty long-winded actually. While I love my Galaxy Nexus and Samsung’s screens in general, I hope Google passes the torch onto a different manufacturer. Samsung has hit my shit list with this move and this isn’t all they canceled either. They canceled all GSM accessories – everything but extended batteries with back cover and car chargers.

  • booyootoo

    I already have one with 16GB, but was really hoping to get a 32 GB version. But now were 2 months after I’ve gotten my Nexus. I really don’t care any more.

    Right now I would wait with buying any phone till some new generation processors are released in the phone.

    I think they made a big mistake by not releasing a 32 GB version. Cause 16GB sometimes just isn’t enough.

  • cwjones4

    Why kill it off completely? Give us options at different price points so we can choose what model we want. I would personally rather have 32gb on a phone without any expandable storage, but who’s to say someone would rather get the phone for cheaper at 16 gb and use the cloud?

    • dcds

      Maybe they will go with all the steam into the galaxy siii presses.

      Kinda makes sense when the gnex is just a dual core. 2012 is for quads and better gpus. I wouldnt trade the gnex, but still…

      • delinear

        I guess the Nexus was never really meant to be a mass market phone, and as you say, there are bigger things from Samsung just around the corner, it would have been nice to have an SD slot on the 16GB version though.

        • uknowme

          That’s why I’m patiently waiting until HTC gets another shot. I have never heard a complaint about the original.

  • Bryan Stoner

    I mean, what is another 4000 every month off the hot press gonna do? To shut the process completely is ridiculous!

  • T1392

    I have the LTE verison of the Galaxy Nexus, & really wanted the white version but I wouldn’t trade memory for color. Thats just crazy talk.

  • mrwirez

    I have a 32gig, and 16 would probably do it, however it just goes to show the manufacturers and carriers do what they want. I am sure Samsung would rather sell a Galaxy S III instead of a Galaxy Nexus.

  • ixD9

    Wow, that really sucks. I’ve been holding out for a 32 GB GSM version. I have well over 16 GB of music and, though I do use Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player, I mark the stuff I listen to often for offline listening, so 16 GB isn’t nearly enough. Streaming music doesn’t make sense in this environment of carrier throttling, so I only do so occasionally. I’d rather use the bandwidth for web browsing and YouTube.

  • Deeds

    Glad that I have an SD card slot, but seriously, why stop making what people want. That seems like a bad business strategy.

  • Starship

    I’ve had my Verizon Galaxy Nexus since December – of the 28gb partition, I have 24gb remaining.

    I don’t know if I need all that space but it is nice to have the option.

    • honourbound68

      heck I’ve had my Vzw GN for a week and I only have 20 gb remaining without putting in any music or videos. 32 gb is the sweet spot for me although it might be for others.

  • YNWA

    I am glad I have the 32 GB version. If I only could have got a 16GB, that probably would have been a deal breaker.

  • rashad360

    Why was it even made without SD storage? I don’t need Android compromising itself to be more like an iphone

    • trob6969

      I agree, that’s just one of the reasons i chose the htc rezound.

  • Nathan D.

    Wow really and I was waiting for the 32 gb version to =(

  • http://www.abunailee.narcthatcar.com EmeryLee

    Internal phone storage is better than sd card slots because if the phone is lost or stolen a remote wipe is more effective deleting the internal storage space whereas the sd card can be pulled immediately after the theft or upon initial finding. I haven’t had a chance to view all the protection software out there to see if any do a remote wipe of the sd card but from the ones I’ve seen so far they don’t. To decide to forego the increase in internal storage space just doesn’t make sense from a manufacturer’s point of view unless they are having difficulty moving those units. Now I’m not against having sd card slots on the phone because those can be quite useful especially for storing music files, running programs from to help loosen up space on the internal storage, or just for easy removal in order to share on other media devices, and I think this option should be the norm on smart phones.

    If any of you know of any protection software that wipes the sd card, while installed into the phone, and indicates to the user that the card has or hasn’t been removed during a remote wipe session let me know. Or how about a sd card that has access measures on board if removed from a smart phone smartphone.

    • http://www.abunailee.narcthatcar.com EmeryLee

      Oh yea, I think someone mentioned this earlier, cloud storage and music streaming from the cloud while your on your carrier’s wireless network, and that’s not WiFi for those who don’t know, does eat up data usage as well as reduces bandwidth available to the rest of the users on the carrier’s wireless network. Even if you are on an unlimited data plan most carriers will throttle you data transmission speeds when you reach a certain point.

      If the carriers were smart, they would let people roll over their monthly unused data allowance throughout their contract. For example, say you have an unlimited data plan but they throttle you down after reaching the 2GB point (2000MB), if you only use 800MB of data on the carrier’s wireless network in a given month you could bank the remaining 1200MB. That 1200MB usage can be banked for future usage during times where the user goes over that 2GB limit without being throttled down. Of course if they go beyond 3.2GB they will get throttled. I feel this would help the carriers preserve bandwidth as well as encourage users to be more cognizant of the amount of wireless data that they use. Also, the carriers could set a program in place that would set a varying value to that data usage, so at the end of that contract you can either roll that data over into your new contract, with that carrier of course, or take the value and apply it to the purchase of a new phone at anytime during the contract period.

      Sorry, had to get that off my chest.

      • Vinnydawg

        Just thought i would let you know that Avast anti-theft will do this for you if you’re rooted, it will even write junk data to the sd card if you tell it to

  • MrMrMan

    This is terrible news. Not sure I should fork over hundreds of dollars for an unlocked version or if I should wait for a quad-core phones on T-Mobile. Man this screws everything up.

  • Hall Lo

    What why sammy…. why….

  • RRR

    Well, it’s too late for Samsung, the time’s passed when you can charge $100 extra for 16GB more

  • n25philly

    So glad I went with a note instead of this BS

  • Oskar Wismierski

    I think if they were to release a 32 gb model they should have done it simultaneously with the 16gb and charge a bit more for it..

    its nice to have a choice ;)

  • Willy Morgan

    About five years ago, I was one of the few people that didn’t have a cell-phone. I ended up purchasing one when my wife got pregnant. Ever since then, I’ve been converted from a cell-phone-phobe to a complete phone junkie. I’ve gone from having a free flip-phone to owning a Galaxy S which I’ve rooted and flashed Ice Cream Sandwhich on.

    It’s gotten to the point where I miss being one of those people who didn’t want or really needed a cell-phone. Over the past three months, my next phone has changed approximately three times and will probably change three more. Phones have either gotten large to the point of obscenity (Galaxy Note) or thin to the point of being wafer-like (Galaxy SII Skyrocket). Carriers are throttling data (AT&T) and, in most cases, done away with unlimited data.

    Now they’re limiting the amount of storage space on the phone, to “encourage” (really force) users to migrate to cloud storage. This is ridiculous. I’m 39 years old and I can remember when “the customer was always right” or “quality is job one” or “you get what you pay for” What ever happened to these concepts. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m really sick and tired of what’s going on with mobile phone companies and suppliers. Between constantly pushing out new phones, the horrible plans and the really poor customer service experience, I’m seriously considering getting rid of my phone. Something’s gotta give…

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Hopefully Google hears us for the next Nexus. The cloud would be awesome if we had signal everywhere, and were not throttled or over-charged.

  • kwills88

    I think with the amount of data we use today due to us always being on our phones and downloading apps (mainly games) I think phone storage should be a minimum 32GB…I thought having only 16gb would be enough on my SGSII, but I quickly ran though that. It’s quite annoying having to delete unused apps all the time just to make space for new ones simply because you can’t push them to your SD card.

  • greeny42

    I could rant and rave about how disappointed I am and that it feels like they’re nickle and diming us and ignoring the consumer, but… there just isn’t enough space.

    get it? get it? get it? so meta.

  • h0ruza

    There was a 32GB GSII but that disappeared along with the dodo and NFC.

    Its seems they mention these options but leave it to carrier’s to make the call or something.

    Whomever is making that call always seems to say ” Nah… don’t bother”

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    It should come with the memory slot, 16 GB would be more than useful for me, but what if I just want a little more for a little while? I’m stuck with either the 16 or just should get the Verizon 32GB one? That’s BS.

    • delinear

      Agreed, for most of my needs 16GB is enough, but a memory slot would be really useful for loading up SD cards with things like movies – stick the card in the phone and watch them on the go, stick it in a tablet/laptop/desktop/TV/media centre to watch them at home.

  • comandantecee

    I’m actually glad now that I didn’t pay $6 bills + for the GNex..

  • Syraz

    hmm stream music
    all documents on cloud
    hmm yeah it could be 8gb and not effect me

  • jspiby2

    Has any one tried opening it up and just swapping the 16g for 32g card not sure if its possible but think I’ve seen a video on YouTube someone doing it to a windows phone!

    • masterpfa

      Maybe when the 4th Nexus appears and people are feeling more adventurous, but let me know jspiby2 when you have done yours

      • masterpfa

        To clarify my above statement, when the 4th generation Nexus is released and the GN would be someone’s “Old Phone”

  • jspiby2

    I think the cloud would really kick off big time if you could install apps in the cloud and you could just run it from there not using any or hardly any on your phone!
    Probably not possible but I think its a good idea :-)

    • delinear

      The main issue with this right now is the lack of universal connectivity (a lot of places you just won’t be able to get online to use your apps), data limits and speed (outside of LTE areas). However, it’s Google’s long game – their ultimate hope would be that all the things we consider apps today are eventually web services, they have stated this position many times in the past and their support for HTML5 is a step in this direction.

  • Will

    Well, it looks like my 32gb version of the GN will have a better re-sale value when I decide to move on.

  • Shawn Clark

    One or two options…Start putting your files “in the cloud” or get a phone with an expandable slot n stuff that extra memory in that slot.

  • masterpfa

    “Banging head against desk”
    Samsung WTF, Google what are you 2 playing at?

    IMO due to the lack of non-expandable storage this phone should have had a 32Gb option.
    I personally was happy with 16Gb and have had my GN from release date +1 so wasn’t not too concerned, but others, I know who, would not get the GN because of no Micro SD.

    Does this signal an intent for Cloud Storage?
    Is storage at a premium?

    Who know, but the GN should have from the outset come with 16Gb or 32Gb options (maybe even 64Gb)

  • yankeesusa

    Maybe google does want more people to use the cloud but maybe its because they are coming out with a model that has memory card slot. Or maybe they are going to skip 32gb and do a 64gb or maybe they are just going to come out with the next nexus as soon as the iphone 5 is announced. Either way samsung is doing pretty well with phones and I’m sure they have something up their sleeve.

  • Paul Atreides

    The Sprint Galaxy Nexus is suppose to be the 32GB version…

  • MoSDeeb

    As for gsm versions, this is a blow to those who waited. Maybe Samsung is going to keep the 32 gb chips for their galaxy III

  • Chad

    Although I agree that all cell devices should come with expansion slots for more space, Google is and has been thinking ahead for a long time. It’s all about the cloud. We may not be there or understand mentally yet what advantages it brings..which is why there is an uproar every time there’s not expansion memory or devices are limited to space but the future is all about the cloud and streaming, it’s just where we are headed so get used to it now or be force to later. plain and simple

  • itguy426

    This would be a bad move on Google’s part. I would think on other phones a manufacturer could get away with it with not so many complaints. But on this phone the one for developers and users that know their way around a phone and what comes in the phone would be a bad move. These are the things we are looking for in a phone essentially our wish list. I already bought my Verizon Nexus on launch day so I am good. But I do feel for others if they are going to buy and do not get the option to get 32gb. I wish Google would be more like Crapple in times like this and say here are your options and not give the carriers the option. I would think if you are going to compete against another phone like this you should be able to give the same options on your phone and then you can show off the extras.

  • go-r

    Wow, what a dumb move. I mean, it’s a bloody nexus. A flag ship phone. I would have seriously thought of buying a gsm version if it were to have 32gb, but definitely not now. I don’t get it though the Sammy galaxy II has a memory slot, how hard would it be to implement it.

    I agree I think google should pass the torch on. I’m stilling loving my Htc Nexus one, with a 32gb micro sd :) Pass it back to HTC. They made metal phones with beautiful lines, and led indicators :)

    • trob6969

      And to add salt to the wound, its recently been confirmed that although pretty much every phone with an sd slot is said to only be expandable up 32gb, sandisk’s new 64gb cards ARE compatible with EVERY phone tested!!! Even OLD phones with sd slots! Check youtube and see for yourselves.

  • fxle

    I think they are crippling it to have some differentiation for more expensive S3, because Nexus is already a stunning device.

  • Richard Bagnall

    It seems Samsung/Google have nothing but contempt for the UK market.

  • ALcapitalist

    Remember, it was difficult to move from a keyboard to touch screen but now I could not imagine using a keyboard on my phone. This is part of the natural transition to cloud storage.

    Yet, I have a 32GB Galaxy Nexus on VZ. I am glad it is not a 16 GB. Seems off that they would drop the 32GB. I’ll have to look up the numbers on handset sales to try to make sense of it.