February 3, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
A kerfuffle erupted a short while ago when folks first noticed that the Android developer page had removed the Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE from its list of supported devices. That immediately led people to wonder if Google had just dropped the Nexus from its list of supported devices and was turning the device over to Verizon for management. Considering that testy relationship, that instantly made a lot of folks nervous. What’s the point of having a Nexus device if you’re still waiting half a year for your carrier to decide if it will deliver an update?
That’s not what’s happening here, however. Google has already clarified in separate statements. On a Google Groups page, Developer Advocate Dan Morril said that the change “simply updated the documentation to be clearer about the current extent of CDMA support.” That’s because the current crop of CDMA Nexus devices, of which the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is a member, has issues with the way telephone function is implemented. Those issues cause custom builds from AOSP source code to be unable to make calls and access data because the “platform” key doesn’t match. Morril says that Google still delivers binaries to CDMA phones and will support the phones as much as it can, but GSM/HSPA+ models will require less work on the developer’s part. (Read the full explanation here.)
In a separate statement attributed to an unnamed Google representative, the company confirmed to The Verge that this change will have no effect on the way updates are handled. Firmware updates will still be delivered to the Galaxy Nexus by Google. So, nothing has really changed for non-developers.
Move along, folks; nothing to see here. Unless you’re a developer, of course.