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Verizon Galaxy Nexus may not be considered a developer device any more

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus may not be considered a developer device any more
Something extremely strange has just happened and we're not 100% sure exactly what it means, but it possibly could be that Google is no longer considering the Verizon Galaxy Nexus as a developer device any more, which would mean that although it carries the Nexus brand, it really isn't a Nexus device, it's a Verizon device. 

This isn't confirmed, but the evidence is piling up. The main thing is that Google has removed the Verizon Galaxy Nexus from its listing of official developer devices. The Android "Building for devices" page has a listing of developer devices and instructions for a couple basic fastboot functions, but the page suddenly says blatantly, "No CDMA devices are supported." All mentions of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus codename, "toro", have been removed from the page as well, and on the Factory Image Page, the Verizon Nexus images are labeled as "archived, for reference only". 

Cached version of the same pages from January 28th, just 6 days ago, still have full references to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, so it's hard to say exactly what's happening. Perhaps Verizon has been insisting on too much control over the device, but we're hoping that Google makes a statement soon to clear this up. 

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posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:13

1. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


o0o what is going on?

update: i just looked at the source and plain as day near the top it says "Galaxy Nexus is supported only in GSM/HSPA+ configuration "maguro" and only if it was originally sold with a "yakju" operating system."

note that the nexus s is also only supported in the gsm version.

and the galaxy nexus is mentioned multiple times throughout the source page. including links to factory images of the galaxy nexus.

so what is the news here?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:51

5. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Perhaps you missed where they said the CDMA Galaxy Nexus

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:01

8. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Also the CDMA Xoom and Nexus S were removed, so there's more of a story here than just the headline.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:17

15. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Yeah, I missed it. But the source clearly explained itself by saying that no cdma devices are developer devices. Seems obvious what Google did here.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:21 3

2. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


So glad I kept my DROID RAZR™; wasn't impressed with the Galaxy Nexus anyway. So what will the device be called now? Let's see: no external or removable memory and a 4.65" screen; you could go out on a stretch and say, "iPhone 5"?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:29 12

3. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Seems like every time you post you're trying to justify your RAZR purchase...

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:51 2

6. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


:) Nope, no need for justification here.. just very happy with my RAZR (especially when I come across articles regarding issues with the GN which I briefy [briefly] considered ')

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:03 11

9. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Understandable. Interestingly enough even if this is all true the GN will still receive updates faster than your RAZR...

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 19:27 4

27. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


i think the razr is hands down one of the ugliest premium phones ever made. yeesh

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 21:30 2

28. bucky (Posts: 1560; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


i agree with that statement. Had my chance to pick up a razr today as an upgrade. Its brutally ugly.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 09:17 1

30. jbash (Posts: 342; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


coming from someone with a non removable battery

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:38 4

4. netizen (Posts: 33; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


So, if Verizon marketed the GNex as a nexus phone... developer phone and now it is not... does that leave any recourse for those that bought the phone based on it being a nexus device?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:07 3

10. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


The real question is does it even matter?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:56

7. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


BTW the fast boot for CDMA Galaxy Nexus is the same as the GSM.

I wonder if they plan on releasing something seperate for CDMA or if only GSM will be considered developer phones which would be moronic for Android.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:08 12

11. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Google needs to grow a pair and stand up to carriers... dont want to troll.. (intencionally) but Apple does a very good job.. of keeping carrier c**P out

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:12 3

12. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


DO NOT FEED THE TROLL

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:41 6

20. ThreeFourSeven (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


I usually disagree with gallitoking but I 100% agree with him on this one.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:13 6

13. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)


This is true. Love them or hate them, Apple won't allow any preinstalled carrier crap on their phones.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:13 5

14. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I completely agree gallito.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:30 3

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Indeed Google Needs to man UP

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:44 2

21. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


For once, I completely agree with you. Google needs to put it's foot down with VZW. A Nexus phone shouldn't have any carrier crap on it - it should be completely Google's device. Good thing I have the GSM one ;)

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 09:20

31. jbash (Posts: 342; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


agreed.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:30 1

17. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)


google's statement:

http://www.droid-life.com/2012/02/03/google-issues-statement-regarding-cdma-nexus-devices/

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:36 1

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


LOL great minds think alike?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:53

23. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)


haha, apparently!

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 18:34

24. Richcop (Posts: 19; Member since: 02 Aug 2009)


It's removed already, what did it say?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:35 1

18. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


UPDATE!!!!

http://www.droid-life.com/2012/02/03/google-issues-statement-regarding-cdma-nexus-devices/

and people still hate me for saying CDMA sux

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:44

22. torr310 (Posts: 429; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Verizon tries to be douchey...
They don't even want Moto to unlock their bootloaders.
You could tell Verizon is developer unfriendly...

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 19:26

26. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6684; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Just glad I'm on a GSM Carrier

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