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Verizon Drops Galaxy Nexus, So How About Android 4.2?

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It was a little more than one year since we were introduced to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus at Verizon and now the handset has bitten the dust as the carrier will no longer have it for sale on their 4G LTE network.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus reached EOL, Android 4.2 update hopes look worse

The handset was launched in 2011 to much fanfare. This was first due to the previous Nexus handset being limited to GSM, secondly thanks to Verizon being the largest carrier of 4G LTE in the US, and three because the device came unlocked and it ran pure Android.

However the experience with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was anything but exceptional and Google did say that on the whole the handset was a bad experience with Verizon.

The Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has seen numerous issues and bugs with ICS. Unlike past devices with the Nexus name the Galaxy Nexus with Verizon did not get the attention it deserved. Verizon took almost 5 months before they rolled out the first update to fix bugs, which of course left owners of the handset upset.

The disappointments then continued to mount up. Owners of the handset on Verizon watched in dismay as Sprint offered the Jelly Bean 4.1 update and even Asus managed to beat Verizon by offering Jelly Bean on devices that were not Nexus.

The same thing has been seen with Jelly Bean 4.2 and owners of the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus can get Jelly Bean 4.2 as Verizon owners do not and it has been out for more than two months.

Owners were stopped from using Google Wallet and of course the handset is known for its terrible battery life. This was one of the main reasons why Google didn’t include LTE on the LG Nexus 4.

Despite it having problems the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been very popular, this is thanks to the display, pure Android and the expanding network of Verizon.

However it is no longer available with Verizon and if you want to get it you will have to find it via other ways or go for the device on Sprint. As for the Android 4.2 update, given that Verizon is now 3 full updates behind for its Samsung Galaxy Nexus and that they have also discontinued the device as of this week, chances of Big Red updating the handset now are slim to nil. If you want Android 4.2 on your Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus, we suggest considering the many custom ROMs out there like CyanogenMod.

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