Google clarifies why CDMA Galaxy Nexus isn't supported as developer device

Google clarifies why CDMA Galaxy Nexus isn't supported as developer device
Earlier today, news came out that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus was no longer listed on the Android Developer Devices page and the page specifically said that "No CDMA devices are supported", but now Google has clarified why it had to remove the device from listings. 

Apparently, the problem is a basic problem that "recent CDMA Android devices implement core telephony functionality in .apk files provided in binary form by the carriers." Essentially this means that CDMA requires an apk signed with a "platform key" provided directly from the carrier in order to be able to connect to the CDMA network to place calls or access mobile data. 

Because of this, anyone building from the AOSP source code won't be able to add these keys (which are closed source). The Verizon Galaxy Nexus will continue to get updates, and will have an easily unlockable bootloader, but Google can't promise full support to developers, and wanted to clarify this in the documentation.

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19 Comments

1. jsoliz1985

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I'm sure this wont stop devs from making sure this is a well supported phone. I had it and loved it. would've stayed with VZW but had to leave cause i dont have unlimited and definitely need more than $50 will get me. lol. Sprint bound.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

This won't . Google is simply telling people that they are responsible for getting those files needed. Since they can't provide them . Devs will use the files from the nexus anyways so I don't see it as much of a big deal now.

3. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

More reason to put the GNex on a US GSM carrier. I for one am dieing for this bad boy to hit t-mo. The unlocked price is ridiculous (although kinda worth it) but I still would rather like a subsidized price.

4. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i want it on magenta too. im going to pick up an unlocked gnex when it hits $300, maybe 6mos from now.

5. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I dont care how they sugar coat it, this is against nexus rules. Sigh, even the nexus isnt safe from the clutches of the cell industry providers.

9. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

The GSM version has freedom... I'm kinda glad that one of the most important companies in the entire world called out CDMA as total crap. No SIM, no simultaneous voice and data, no international roaming (unless you have a newer chipset), required carrier activation, permanently limited/ceiling 3G speeds, no backwards compatibility with newer technologies and network upgrades, no similarities with the majority of EU and Asian networks, and so many more reasons why CDMA just sucks! Unfortunately 2 of the top 4 carriers in the planet's most lucrative cell phone market employ it.

17. Muaddibe

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

You are slightly off the gnexus on vzw does support voice and data at the same time as it operates on their LTE network that is a sim based technology and is going to be the network base for EU as well though vodaphone that funny enough is one of the parent company's for vzw so that is three things that you are incorrect about oh and one more thing how can the phone be limited to a 3G ceiling for speed when the phone supports a 4g connection that has the fastest average data speeds compared to other advertised 4g networks where available please research a topic before commenting

6. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Who cares any more gs3 nokia lumia 910 so to many choices lol

7. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

So thanks to the cdma, the GNex for Verizon and the one coming to Sprint can't be a dev phone because of how the phone connects to the network . Makes a whole lot of sense, GSM Phones you can just switch out the sim card and not have any affect on the unit for making a network connection. Well I don't really care about dev phones, I just want ICS baby lol. :p

8. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

10. RevKBA

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Forgive me for my lack of knowledge, but if this is a CDMA problem, why is it just now becoming an issue?

11. RevKBA

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Nevermind, missed "recent CDMA Android devices implement core telephony functionality in .apk files provided in binary form by the carriers." the first time reading through.

12. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The reason why I always buy retail devices.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

this has nothing to do with retail vs subsidized, its an issue with the carrier and the tech. In order to operate on a cdma network like VZW or Sprint, you need to have certain software in the phone so that way the network will recognize it and allow you to use it. On a GSM carrier like ATT/Tmobile, you only need to have the phone carrier unlocked and pop in the SIM, since all that info is in the SIM, not in the phone. I said before that the VZW nexus would never be a true dev's phone because of VZW needs for control. Now, time to release the true google nexus device on Tmobile darn it.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And you guys says that CDMA is better which is not. GSM is a national radio frequency thats larger than CDMA.

18. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

LTE and VOIP will be the standard in not that long.

15. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Leave it to Verizon to severely handicap their flagship phone.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its not something that they did just to this phone. its something that has always been on every VZW phone. The phone cant connect to the network without it. Its a CDMA thing. Its not just VZW. Sprint will have the same issue when it launches the nexus.

19. b4ckr3ad1ngth1ssh1t

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

yo speaking of all this bad "vzw nexus aint developer supported on docs" is kinda bleh but our phones still get the updates, check the leaked 4.0.4 for nexuss

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