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

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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29 Comments

1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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?

5. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

Perhaps you missed where they said the CDMA Galaxy Nexus

8. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

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

15. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

So glad I kept my DROID RAZRā„¢; 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"?

3. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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 ')

9. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

27. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

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

28. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

30. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

coming from someone with a non removable battery

4. netizen

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 31, 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?

10. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

The real question is does it even matter?

7. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

12. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

DO NOT FEED THE TROLL

20. ThreeFourSeven

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

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

13. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

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

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I completely agree gallito.

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Indeed Google Needs to man UP

21. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 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 ;)

31. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

agreed.

17. Orbitman

Posts: 110; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

LOL great minds think alike?

23. Orbitman

Posts: 110; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

haha, apparently!

24. Richcop

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 02, 2009

It's removed already, what did it say?

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

22. torr310

Posts: 1670; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Just glad I'm on a GSM Carrier

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