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

0. phoneArena posted on 03 Feb 2012, 17:03

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...

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posted on 03 Feb 2012, 17:22 4

1. jsoliz1985 (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Dec 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.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 17:35 3

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 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.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 17:39 5

3. oddmanout (Posts: 442; Member since: 22 May 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.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 21:00 1

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

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

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 21:27 1

5. bucky (Posts: 3100; Member since: 30 Sep 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.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 23:19 5

9. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 23:27

17. Muaddibe (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Feb 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

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 21:46

6. joey18 (Posts: 593; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

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

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 22:09 3

7. theBankRobber (Posts: 682; Member since: 22 Sep 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

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 22:59

8. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 23:43

10. RevKBA (Posts: 11; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 23:47

11. RevKBA (Posts: 11; Member since: 29 Dec 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 09:37 1

12. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

The reason why I always buy retail devices.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 12:05 4

13. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 16:31 1

14. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

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

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 12:43

18. bossmt_2 (Posts: 454; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

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

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 22:10

15. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

Leave it to Verizon to severely handicap their flagship phone.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 22:23

16. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 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.

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 23:50

19. b4ckr3ad1ngth1ssh1t (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Jan 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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