Designed for quick updates, why hasn't the CDMA Samsung GALAXY Nexus received Android 4.1?

Designed for quick updates, why hasn't the CDMA Samsung GALAXY Nexus received Android 4.1?
Android 4;1 was introduced in June and we are now in the closing days of August without the latest Android OS being made available for Verizon and Sprint's version of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. The Nexus models are pure Google experience phones which means they have no additional software layered over Android such as HTC's Sense or Samsung's TouchWiz. Meanwhile, the unlocked GSM model has been updated to Jelly Bean and is offered for sale in the Google Play Store.

So what is holding up the update? Despite speculation that it might have to do with the CDMA technology used in both the Verizon and Sprint variants of the device, there really is nothing that would make the CDMA model of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus harder to update than the GSM model. What is getting Verizon and Sprint customers who own the phone quite perturbed is the news that the International model of the Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to be receiving Android 4.1.1 this coming week. And that is a model that has the manufacturer's TouchWiz skin running on top of Android.

For those owners of the CDMA Samsung GALAXY Nexus who can't wait, there is always the DIY method which would involve rooting your phone and installing one of the Jelly Bean ROMs that have come out. This is an option that is only for those who know what they are doing because a mistake could leave you with a CDMA brick. And even if you are successful and your GALAXY Nexus survives, your warranty won't.

Verizon isn't known for being quick with updates. The carrier performs stringent tests to see not only how the update works on a phone, but also tests who the update is sent out to the device. Sure, this prevents a bad update build from affecting customer experience, but it also slows things down. The bottom line is that eventually the CDMA Samsung GALAXY Nexus will receive Android 4.1.1 although it won't be as timely as hoped.

This would be a great time for those with the phone to get their frustrations off their chest. You can let us know how you feel by commenting in the box below.

source: CNET

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  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 1850 mAh
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70 Comments

70. JohnB056

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Last google nexus phone for me!! We paid the high $$ to get the developer phone and 1st updates!! Thanks Google and Verizon. Iphone 5 iOS 6 here I come; it will beat google And Verizon to the latest and greatest !!

64. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Its amazing how when the Galaxy Nexus first came out at the end of last year it was a whooping 300 ON contract with Verizon. Stuck on a buggy software for several months and we have been drooling over Jelly Bean for nearly 2 months now and yet still no CDMA update for it. Yet the Galaxy S3 both on the international and even US GSM carriers like T Mobile are in the works of a Jelly Bean update. This goes to show you that you cant rely on device brand alone. Even tho its a Nexus, the CDMA Nexus doesn't feel like a Nexus. And now you can buy an unlocked Jelly Bean running Galaxy Nexus for just 350 dollars and that's only 50 more for the Verizon one originally sold for on a freaking contract. I'm so glad i am back on a GSM network. Next phone I get will be a Nexus, but it'll be off contract with no carrier update delay and no excuses.

53. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

I hear rumors that Verizon is considering following AT&T 's lead and forcing customers off their grandfathered unlimited data plan onto the more expensive shared plans by with-holding Facebook access unless you switch

56. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

haha thats funny... can you post a link that backs up that statement. Id love to know who came up with that one.

48. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Actually Verizon loves to slow it down so they can figure out how to nickel and dime customers to rake in more $$$. That's it. After all, the Big V would not want you to install any "unauthorized" enhancements would they? No Sir, they want to make sure and get every dime they can out of you for their poor services.

50. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

so... if they dont update their phones, customers will pay more money?? Im sorry I dont understand your logic. and also "poor service"? Last time I checked Verizons had the best service in the country for the past 4 years or so.

51. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Who did you check with, your Verizon sales manager?? I checked and the Vi has the most expensive smart phone plans in the USA

55. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

you think maybe we can focus on one of the 2 points you originally argued? I never said they were the cheapest. They ARE the most expensive, but that has nothing to do with 1)slow updates. 2)poor service actually I get my information from Sprint, because that is where I work. JD power has crowned Verizon king in customer service for the past 4 years and Sprint is #2 now. Verizon also has the best coverage in the nation and Sprint didnt have to tell me that Everyone knows it.

43. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

I have 2 words for Verizon F*** YOU! And Google Screw yourself. I'm getting iPhone 5.

41. squeeb

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It is frustrating. Glad I got a GSM Nexus, never to worry about this nonsense again.

39. pissedandrioduser

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Ive have been trying to find out how to e-mail these dudes over at android,cause this don't make no sense.if the gslll gets 4.1 b4 my sprint g.nexus I'm done with nexus phones.they advertise early updates and here we are sitting waiting a month later.smfh

47. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

The GS3 just got 4.0.4 just recently, theres no way it will have 4.1 anytime soon. BTW the Sprint and Verizon Nexus models are not developer versions. Meaning Google cant update them without the Carriers permission. However you can be sure that even those Nexus Models will get JB before the other manufacturers

66. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its scheduled to get it in the next week or so, i do believe.

68. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

yes, the international version is supposed to receive the update THIS week actually, but seeing how it uses an Exynos cpu and its GSM only, that update will not be compatible with US models. (not to mention carriers need to test and approve before they themselves push the OTA)

31. longhairbilly

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 23, 2010

Screw the carriers. Unlock, root, then flash Jellybro. You will be glad you did.

25. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

And this is why, if I do get the next Nexus, I'm buying it unlocked from Google and not waiting for a carrier branded version...

29. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

EXACTLY why I never bought a GS3. Ill be right behind you in that virtual line at the Play Store

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

unlocked is the way to go with nexus. get it unlocked, and get a cheap plan on Tmobile. You save tons of money and never wait for updates.

33. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm switching to that truly unlimited plan as soon as possible, because thankfully T-Mo has finally gotten HSPA+ down by my area, which is surprising. Getting around 10-15 Mbps down in my little country town is great; though it isn't nearly as good as my wifi, it's still nice.

35. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

yep Sept 5th they go truly unlimited. If I didnt work for Sprint I'd got with the cheaper T-Mobile, especially since their data speeds will be faster for the next 2 years, since Sprint cant seem to deploy LTE anytime soon. I had my Nexus One on T-Mobile.

57. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i'm making my friend buy a Nexus on T-Mobile unlocked since he's very much like me and likes to tinker and he'll get to save his upgrade.

16. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I am just glad I got myself to root. I have the cdma gn running aokp4.1.1 with a Cm10 theme, and I don't think it gets much better. I figured out how to root in about ten minutes. All it is is running a program on your computer. If you are willing to void your warranty, there is no reason not to root.

18. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

But the thing is, we shouldn't HAVE to root to get the software updates. That's the point people are trying to make that seems to sail over a lot of root users heads. The updates should come out in a timely fashion, not after everyone else. And if people who develop custom ROMs can get it right in a few days, then carriers need to get their act together. I rooted in the past, I know it's not hard, but I don't think I should have to rely on custom ROM makers to give me an update when it should be my carrier, the people I pay for service, that should be giving me the update.

45. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I understand your point, and I agree that the oem/carrier should be able to update sooner. But I still think if they refuse then the user should be able to add manual updates. The only reason people are unwilling to root is because they think they are going to break their device, which I find unlikely. If they won't give you what you want, you might as well take it anyway instead of complaining that they won't give it to you. I mean by the time I finished this post I could probably be done rooting my phone again. I just want to tell everyone that rooting and flashing roms. Is actually really simple.

46. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I understand your point, and I agree that the oem/carrier should be able to update sooner. But I still think if they refuse then the user should be able to add manual updates. The only reason people are unwilling to root is because they think they are going to break their device, which I find unlikely. If they won't give you what you want, you might as well take it anyway instead of complaining that they won't give it to you. I mean by the time I finished this post I could probably be done rooting my phone again. I just want to tell everyone that rooting and flashing roms. Is actually really simple.

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

idc, i'm flashing AOKP on my mom's Nexus when it gets here. i've gotten rooted phones and phones i've gotten from third parties replaced with my manufacturers warranty so i'm not worried about that.

20. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

You are awesome...

58. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

why yes, i am, thank you for confirming so. ;D

14. Walter.D.DROID

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Unfortunately for me, i got a GSM GALAXY NEXUS after the google I/O event to get a taste of jellybean but being in Portu"s**tTY"gal for that matter sucks, because an official update hasn't come yet :S

23. wendygarett unregistered

You can actually force it to update tho...

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