With no help from Verizon Wireless it looks like one of the most promising and exciting smartphones from last year has reached the end of its life. We’re talking about the 4G LTE powered Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. Being the first “Nexus” (and I say that gently) to be available with 4G LTE and the nations largest carrier, it was a big deal. Sadly it wasn’t a big deal to Verizon and recently it took its last breath.
Not literally took its last breath, as the community, CyanogenMod, and the wave of developers will keep this epic smartphone alive for months and years to come. We mean from Verizon themselves. They never gave this handset a chance. I’m saying that right now! That sad fact aside the Galaxy Nexus has reached EOL and is no longer being offered from Big Red. Either online or in stores.
Between hitting daily deal sites, and coming in and out of Verizon’s pre-owned sales page the time was slowly running out and now it has reached the end of the rope. The folks from Droid-Life are reporting the device is officially no longer available from Verizon Wireless. This is pretty bittersweet for someone like me, who still uses the device daily. Although I threw Verizon’s lack of support out the window a week after bringing it home and haven’t looked back thanks to CM9, CM10, and now Android 4.2.1 with CyanogenMod 10.1 keeping things fresh.
The Verizon Galaxy Nexus was hardly a Nexus device. It never received a fair shake, and as it stands today it’s what — 3 updates behind the international model. Verizon still has us sitting on 4.1 Jelly Bean. We haven’t seen 4.1.2, let alone the latest and greatest 4.2 Jelly Bean that was announced back in October by Google. At this point we’re not really sure of its future. We do know they aren’t offering it anymore, and updates have been lacking since birth. Hopefully we see an update to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean soon — but that’s anyone’s guess at this point.
It looks like the next chance to get a piece of maybe pure Google on Verizon Wireless is the much rumored upcoming Motorola X-Phone so stay tuned. What are your thoughts on the Verizon Gnex? Is yours still running strong? Mine sure is!