A little more than a year after the Verizon Galaxy Nexus went on sale, the device has come to the end of its life, with Verizon no longer offering the Nexus smartphone for its 4G LTE network.
In December of 2011, Verizon launched the first 4G LTE enabled Nexus smartphone to great fanfare. One, because the previous Nexus devices had been limited to GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, two because Verizon had the largest and still has the largest 4G LTE network in the land and three, a smartphone with an unlocked bootloader and vanilla Android out of the box is impossible to come by on Verizon’s network.
However, for Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners like myself, the experience was far from exceptional and as Google later admitted, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus experience, as a whole, was a bad one indeed.
From the outset, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus was plagued with a host of issues and bugs within Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, its original stock operating system. However, unlike past Nexus smartphones, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus didn’t receive any swift attention in addressing those bugs. Instead, it took Verizon nearly five months to roll out the first bug fix update for the Galaxy Nexus, something that left me and other owners pretty disappointed.
Unfortunately, the disappointing experiences began to pile up. Next, Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners watched as Sprint beat Verizon to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on its version of the Galaxy Nexus. In fact, even Asus was able to beat Verizon to the punch with Jelly Bean on several of its non-Nexus tablets.
Unsurprisingly, the same thing happened with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the current version of Jelly Bean. In fact, as I write this, Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners have access to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean while owners of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus do not, more than two months after the software was released.
Let’s not forget that owners were blocked from using Google Wallet and that the device also featured absolutely horrid battery life. It also, according to Andy Rubin, was one of the reasons that Google didn’t opt to include 4G LTE with the current Nexus, the Nexus 4.
Still, despite its issues, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus remained one of the best Android smartphones on the market with its combination of vanilla Android, HD display, and access to Verizon’s expanding 4G LTE network.
Now, it’s no longer available through Verizon. Those looking to snag the phone will have to find it through other means or opt for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus which is still available through Sprint’s website.
It’s always sad when a device reaches the end of its life, especially one as high profile as the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, but in this, case forgive me if I don’t shed any tears.