Jul 10 AT 2:00 PM Dustin Earley 33 Comments

Verizon Galaxy Nexus back in AOSP; Sprint, not so much


Yesterday was a huge day for Android developers. Just weeks after being debuted at Google I/O 2012, the source code for Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, was made available in the Android Open Source Project. But that’s not all that happened. Along with the introduction of Android 4.1, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus LTE earned back its supported title in the AOSP.

Thanks to expanded driver support, Verizon Galaxy Nexus users can now proudly call their smartphone an AOSP device. As far as how things look on paper, the Verizon Nexus has the same level of support as the GSM Nexus available through Google Play. Google developer JBQ, Technical Lead for the AOSP, is calling the Verizon Nexus’ support “experimental.” There are still some unexplained errors with Verizon Nexus AOSP builds not found in retail and GSM builds, but it’s a good start.

So what does this really mean for Verizon Nexus users? To be frank, not a whole lot. It doesn’t mean updates are going to be provided any faster by Verizon, and ROM development will most likely continue on as normal, which is most definitely a good thing. The Verizon Nexus already has a robust development community that wasn’t slowed down by the device’s lack of AOSP support.

As for Sprint Galaxy Nexus users, you’re still out of luck. It would appear that Samsung and Sprint don’t want to fork over the drivers for the Sprint Nexus, leaving it without AOSP support.

Source: Android Police

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

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  • YellowDucati

    Today is a good day. #VerizonGNexUser

    • dcds

      Don’t get your hopes up. Support is still experimental, and JBQ has said in the past, on the fallout of that story about dropping CDMA support, that they would still try very hard to keep support for those devices, but the very fact that they are CDMA devices tailored for each carrier would make it impossible to guarantee _future and whole_ support for those devices as they provide for GSM handsets.

      Let’s cheer every single version support as it was the last. ;-)

    • Richard Yarrell

      Yeah right the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is now part of the AOSP support. Meanwhile home at the range the GSM Galaxy Nexus is getting 4.1 Jellybean update. Check thr forums or go to androidcentral.com and see all the response about the jellybean update on the GSM NEXUS. Verizon and it’s Galaxy Nexus is useless…

      • snowbdr89

        Something you gave in common with the nexus dick if you say it’s useless!!

        • snowbdr89

          Have* but since the nexus actually has a purpose it has the upper hand on you since you just take up space that could be used for something better.. so basically your the useless one. : )

      • Dags -

        Team Liquid has a nice Jelly Bean ROM for the Verizon GN on XDA and there’s at least three others.

        • snowbdr89

          Liquid is one of my fav roms. Name says all liquid smooth.

        • Division by Zero

          I’ve been using Liquid Smooth ROMs since the OG Droid days. I’ve always liked them. I don’t know why anyone who frequents sites like these would ever buy a phone like a Nexus, and run it stock. There is ALWAYS room for improvement, I don’t care how cool it is stock. I’ve never owned a phone that wasn’t improved greatly by rooting and flashing custom ROMs. I know that Liquid had some financial troubles for awhile, I’m really glad that he (and his girlfriend? I know Liquidzgrl did some ROMs and a bunch of themes) is still at it.

      • squiddy20

        Better believe it Dicky. Every Android website reported on this same thing a day ago. So now ALL the other Android-centric websites are wrong and you’re right? Hahahahaha! What a fool!
        And by the way, there’s already several working versions of Jelly Bean on both the Sprint AND Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Useless? Not so much.

      • Max.Steel

        Smh. You really aren’t a man of your words, are you? A few months ago, you were bragging about how “awesome” Verizon was and how pathetic “Tween Mobile” is. Now T-Mobile is the best and Verizon is crap? At this point it would be best if you just shut up.

        • Division by Zero

          Don’t worry, in another few months or a year, he’ll be on AT&T or Cricket, or Boost, or Metro PCS, blasting the Android blogosphere with nonsense about how awesome his current device/network is, and how the previous one sucks eggs/was kicked to the curb, etc. *eyeroll* He obviously has zero idea what he’s talking about. I find it best to ignore idiots.

      • Yarrells Slurp Turds

        Useless, stupid, n*gger. Shut the fuck up, suck your turds, and stop spamming the boards. No one gives a fuck about you or your fantasies.

    • Peyton

      Not for Sprint Galaxy Nexus users though.

  • MoSDeeb

    This is a great step forward. It was disheartening to see it taken off initially.

  • redraider133

    I sadly do not think that will ever happen with a cdma device. I hope I am wrong and would love if they offer cdma devices through the play store.

  • DroidRocka

    I love this statement “you’re still out of luck” no offense to sprint but they have to get use to that.

    • Orion78

      No offense but luck is for losers.

    • kazahani

      Let’s see… They were the first to launch a 4g phone, they still have truly unlimited data AND they got the galaxy s III before the other three carriers. I don’t think they’re disappointed.

  • Herb

    Just do yourself a favor and escape the CDMA stranglehold. You won’t regret it.

    • notalittlepussy

      It doesnt matter to me. I am not some loser who waits for OTA updates like some brainless monkey iphone user. I root/unlock and use ROM’s on this phone

  • tagstar

    AOSP is what?

    • tagstar

      Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

  • walt

    I bet Sprint’s the one to withhold support for their’s. The only difference between the Toro (VZ) and the Toroplus (S) is the LTE radio: 700 MHz (VZ) vs 1900 MHz (S), which leads me to believe that Sprint’s holding their drivers back until their LTE network launches (next week). Samsung is the manufacturer of both those radios so I don’t see why they would be the discriminator.

  • dreamdoggy22

    Somebody at Android And Me please take note of this alice weng character. They keep posting spam!!

  • rojo623

    The problem is the damn carriers. We can only choose the few phones available by each carrier, and then we wait for ever on updates.

    Carriers are dominating the Mobile world and hindering it’s progress/innovation (Even more so than the patents garbage).
    (yes, i read The Verge article)

    I dream of a day when Google starts its own cell phone provider service to compete with Verizon. Offer data at reasonable rates.
    And, then – BAMM – watch the Nexus brand skyrocket in sales. Instant updates and purchases right from the Play store.

    We would live on the bleeding edge of technology.

    (a man can dream can’t he?)

  • Nathan D.

    So Verizon’s user who got the galaxy nexus didn’t get it for nothing after all, Google finally showing some love to Verizon’s version of galaxy nexus.

  • kazahani

    NEVER double cross your own fingers!!

  • Larry

    read this post and decided to start a petition with http://www.change.org so please help me me out and make a change to samsung/Sprint to support AOSP on the Sprint Galaxy Nexus please, it only takes a minute to sign and feel free to post this site on your social networks.
    Thank you everyone


  • Tim Martin

    Features wise Verizon looks good, doesn’t impress when it comes to looks. Quite boring.
    Even we share some good tech topic here, http://www.techtwitt.com/, should take a look.