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R.I.P Galaxy Nexus LTE – Device No Longer Available From Verizon

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Just over a year after being released as one of the most anticipated devices in Android history (in communities like ours), the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus is no longer available. The last we saw of the G-Nex was when Big Red killed off the 32GB variant in favor of a 16GB at $50 with a new 2-year contract. Since then, it has gone in and out of the certified pre-owned section when it’s not making appearances on daily deal sites.Β 

It had a great run. Even if Verizon made a mockery of it as a Nexus device by refusing to give it the update attention it deserved, the Galaxy Nexus LTE is still one of the top devices among DL readers. It has a ROM community that won’t quit and seems to give the phone new life every time a new version of Android is released, again, no thanks to carrier it is connected to.

So since the device is no longer available directly from Verizon, let’s have a quick moment of silence for one of the icons in the industry. And I don’t care that it had abysmal battery life – it was still one of the most important Android phones to ever hit store shelves. But also, we need to have a moment of silence because we may never see a device like it on Verizon ever again.

Cheers Andrey!

  • ndog21

    I know my GNEX’s battery dies every 2 HR on LTE

  • Douglas Baumwall

    When I bought mine I asked if it would get OS updates OTA directly from Google. Both salespeople said “Yes!”. Coupled with the fact that it’s a “Nexus”, I thought I would be using the most current OS at all times. This is the last phone I will ever buy from Verizon. From now on I’m buying phones from Google. It seems to me the Carriers have made a mistake. Carriers should not customize or “skin” the OS. Their competitive advantage should be limited to subsidizing the cost of the (stock) phones.

  • Benmartin1974

    I’d been thinking of ordering a galaxy nexus for some time. I read loads of reviews and this one was very helpful http://search4reviews.net/ , I received my delivery last week and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure-

  • Benmartin1974

    I’d been weighing up getting a galaxy nexus for ages. I read lots of reviews and this one was quite helpful http://search4reviews.net/ , I received my order last week and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure,

  • Hector De Jesus

    This just in from the Verizon technicians… no more updates for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. They told me that since the phone is official retired they have no pending plans for ANY updates whatsoever for this device.

    Basically… Verizon Nexus owners were told to f*** off and root. They’ve just lost all 4 lines of my service. Kudos.

  • I still love and use this phone, despite the poor battery life. I’m actually looking to get the car dock for this phone and I noticed the other day it is no longer on Google Play. Anyone know where I can get this for a good price?

  • daryle barden jr

    Guess it’s time for me to leave VZW now…sad sad day.

  • george

    If this phone is EOL does that make it legal to root?

    • Danrarbc

      It’s legal to root anyway.

  • darkl3ad3r

    Horrible device, I genuinely am baffled at all the praise this mediocre phone received. It launched with subpar specs all across the board. The processor was horrible, the GPU was horrible, the camera was horrible, the shoddy generation of Pentile it uses is horrible. It has extremely limited memory capacity and no removable storage. The battery life on this phone was abysmal, even with an extended battery! Seriously. Why the hell do you people love this piece of crap so?

    It took me less than a week of ownership to realize just how bad this device was that I swiftly returned it to go back to what… an HTC THUNDERBOLT! That’s right. I returned the Galaxy Nexus to go back to a Thunderbolt, one of the worst devices ever made. What’s that say about the Nexus?

    God awful device and I am so glad to see it finally off the roster. Maybe now it will slowly start to creep back out of sight and out of mind. RIH.

  • Ted

    But..when will they update the software????

  • regkilla

    The battery life and radios inside of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus were horrible. Glad I got rid of that junk.

  • jewvee

    I just bought a GNex on eBay ive only had it for a week its oc’d to 1704 with trinity running paranoid android 4.2.1 and holy s***!! I haven’t experienced this much support and freedom for a device since the OG , And yes the battery is not the best but i have two extended batteries and two stock changing them out doesn’t bother me at all … I’m a little Behind on having an up to date device but I’m not willing to give up my unlimited i have 4 phones on my acct 2 which I’m still waiting to be released from contract!! Until then i will continue to buy my devices on the web.

  • Richard Yarrell

    The WORST NEXUS EVER MADE PERIOD ON THE WORST CARRIER EVER. Poor battery life, abysmal signal strength, disabling bloatware. Just a pitiful dreadful experience. Verizon is the biggest joke in the industry my friends Galaxy Nexus on tmobile was so much better it was just pitiful to see. I am glad this garbage is sent to pasture.

    • squiddy20

      Disabling bloatware? There were only two (2) Verizon apps, one of which was for voicemail, an app that many would find useful, compared to the 2 dozen-or-so pre-installed apps that came on your “pimp slapping” T-Mobile Note 2…
      What a joke.

      • Richard Yarrell

        3g Sprint Galaxy Nexus sucks monkey balls. It fits you well i must say. I feel pretty bad for Sprint having you as one of their customers. They need to dump you quick.

        • squiddy20

          Ooooo. More insults and no real facts or actual rebuttals. What a surprise.
          /s (in case you couldn’t tell)

          • Richard Yarrell

            Your not worth any more rebuttals. When you change your device or purchase new then i will rebuttal. Your useless in the tech game. Purchase new Mr squiddy20 your a sad conclusion just like that useless Nexus you have. Mr root thinking that saves every device. Can’t help but laugh at you jobless soul.

          • squiddy20

            “Your useless in the tech game.” Says the idiot who claimed Verizon’s *low* frequency LTE doesn’t penetrate buildings well, when in fact, it’s *high* frequencies that exhibit that quality. Says the idiot who can’t even answer basic questions posed from other people, when all it took was a basic Google search: http://androidandme.com/2011/07/reviews/richard-yarrell-reviews-the-evo-3d/comment-page-1/#comment-120953 Says the idiot who insults me about how I *supposedly* think root “saves every device”, and yet you claimed to have been “looking into” rooting your Verizon Galaxy Nexus for 2 whole months when you owned that phone. What a laughably stupid hypocrite.

          • Richard Yarrell

            Your not on Verizon LOSER you reside on your mothers family account straight from boost mobile. Why would you care about anything what so ever. OK so you have a lousy Galaxy Nexus on Sprint that device is garbage at best. And we all know you can’t afford to purchase a new device. Thanks for being a closet fan of me that user review on androidandme is coming up on two years ago this June and you saved that. That makes so a closet fan someone hiding on the Internet behind fake names. My real fans follow me like real men are suppose too. We are on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus discussing everything under the sun in the tech game. We do group hangouts and I run Galaxy Note 2 page where we have great fun. Your a pitiful child a total trolling Internet coward hiding behind fake names. Your a sad conclusion of a person. People laugh at you on these sites.

          • squiddy20

            “Your not on Verizon” Neither are you and yet, here you are. Stupid hypocrite.
            “And we all know you can’t afford to purchase a new device.” I’m extremely curious to know who this “we” is, since I only ever see your retarded insults and comments against me.
            “that user review on androidandme is coming up on two years ago this June and you saved that.” Only someone as self-centered as you would think I would need to “save” anything. This is the Internet. I have only to Google “richard yarrell reviews evo 3d” and it pops up as the first result. Surely you, who claims to be “in the know in the tech game”, would know how to do a simple Google search?
            “Your a sad conclusion of a person. People laugh at you on these sites.” And yet you’re the one who is constantly downvoted and is told off because of how wrong all your “facts” are. That also totally explains why you’ve been banned from Phandroid and Android Central’s forums. -_-

          • Richard Yarrell

            You’re a total JOKE missy. I was on Verizon from November 2011 to June 2012 and had 2 lines my brother. Far more than i can say for you Mr . boost mobile Samsung Moment man for two years now you think your a man on your mothers family account

          • squiddy20

            “I was on Verizon from November 2011 to June 2012 and had 2 lines my brother” 1) I’m not your “brother”. Never will be, and never want to be. 2) Which means you’re no longer with Verizon, and yet here you are. Just like all the posts 2 years ago where you claimed Verizon was “the devil” despite never having had service with them until only last year. Again I repeat: what a hypocrite.
            “Mr . boost mobile Samsung Moment” It’s amusing that you still say the Moment was on Boost because it’s so very very wrong. The Moment was only ever sold by Sprint. A simple 10 second Google search would reveal as much, but you’re apparently too stupid to even do that much. By all means, keep up the hilariously wrong “facts” and childish insults.

          • squiddy20

            1. “Your not worth an more rebuttals” It’s spelled “you’re”. Learn it before insulting me about my supposed lack of intelligence
            2. You don’t “rebuttal”. You MAKE a rebuttal. Try separating your verbs from your nouns. Idiot.

            3. I’ve been correcting your sorry ass for years and I’ve always had what you feel is “useless” tech. You’ve been wrong so many times on so many levels, it’s a wonder you’ve made it this far in life. You’re so stupid, you actually believe that *owning* a new device somehow actually makes you smarter. What a nutjob.
            4. Contrary to your pitiful thought process, I don’t think “root saves every device”. You couldn’t possibly know what I think since :gasp: you’re not me. Certain people shouldn’t get involved with unlocking and rooting their phone. They just might not have the time or the technical knowhow (you’re clearly the latter, since you claimed to be “looking into” rooting the Galaxy Nexus for over 2 months and never did).

      • Danrarbc

        And the other was an Account Management app. Also useful.

  • Eric

    Moto should, remake the OG Droid with upgraded specs

  • Radgatt

    Well bestbuy is selling this phone still so all is not lost to people that would want a brand new device

  • SO say in a month or two my gnex goes for a swim or screen gets smashed, Asurion COULD say they are out and I’m S.O.L on getting another Nexus…

  • MikeCiggy

    Mine is alive and kicking. I have had one for 2 years, not this exact one and im hoping for another full year out of it.

    • the phone has only been out a year…

      • MikeCiggy

        yes yes my mistake ive had it since December 11′. Feels like forever

  • Marcus Reid

    GNexus still my daily driver. Yeah there are better phones out there with better battery/hardware but 4.2.1 and franco kernel keeps me going strong.

  • MattXB

    I was always amazed at how little push there was from Verizon behind this phone. I worked for a retailer for most of the time this phone was available and there was never an incentive to sell it at all. There was no marketing material on it what-so-ever.

    The only phone that got press for the longest time was the Razr then the Spectrum got a little push but not much.

    I had to fight constantly for my store to just get them in stock and I would be sold out within a day or two. I was the only person in the store that entire time that sold them. I had people not listen to a word I would say and pick Razrs and Spectrums simply because they knew those names. Truly disappointing.

  • Marlon

    Stupid Ques. But does this mean it will never get 4.2 smh ?

  • Kolawole Aremu

    oh yes thanks for the post.. Still running my phone till it dies on me..Best I have had..GNexus!

  • Jim McClain

    after rooting and going to Bamf , then putting a Trexcell 3800 mAH battery on this baby it could not be better, runs smooth as silk and never worry about where my charger is

  • jb

    For a limited time, the Verizon GNex is $160 off contract at CowBoom. Get it while you still can! “cowboom10” for $10 off http+www+cowboom+com+product+10+&u2=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cowboom.com%2Fproduct%2F1056896%3Futm_medium%3DAffiliate%26amp%3Butm_source%3D4485850%26amp%3Butm_campaign%3DCJ

  • michael o’brien

    Have to say that it lasted awhile. How many phones spent more than 1 year with verizon.

  • Alan Taylor

    My wife traded hers in this evening and got $70 for it, im guessing the store didnt get this news. Ill be holding onto mine as shes not one for rooting even tho in the end i persuaded her to do it for the good of the phone as it deserved better

    • Tim242

      The phones aren’t resold. They are recycled.

  • PaulMaddux

    holy crap does this mean no more updates? I am sooooooo leaving Verizon if that is true

    • Tim242

      Everybody is always soooooo leaving Verizon…

  • Timothy McGovern

    So since my phone broke, if i send it back what will they replace it with?

    • Tim242

      Verizon doesn’t replace your phone, Asurion does. They usually have plenty of refurbs.

  • Krista Sanderson

    I love my Nexus…..it filled the hole left in my heart that was Never filled from My G1…it makes me sad to think of looking for a replacement, but it is almost time…. bring it MWC….

  • Tyler Casilio

    So then………………………..4.2?

  • Ironic that my Galaxy Nexus just beeped that its batter was getting low heh. But I wouldn’t give this phone up for anything (except for another LTE Nexus). It’s beautiful and I don’t know how I’m ever going to give it up considering Verizon’s failures.

  • Larizard

    It was the first and maybe the only Nexus phone that will have people lining outside for it at launch.

    Sweet dreams.

  • Capt. Jack

    The VZW Gnex is the best phone I’ve had so far. It still is a better overall phone than my S3 which is OK but I still prefer my GNex. I wish Sammy would have built a Quad-Core version with a huge internal battery. Since it’s thicker than the S3 they could have turned it into an internal battery phone with a solid Kevlar back, G3 Glass and added an water-proof coating from Golden Shellback. These people a couple of years ago demonstrated an ipod submerged in sea water for weeks playing movies, etc.

  • I love my VZW GNEX but its time for an upgrade which im eledgible so should I stay with the GNEX or get a Droid DNA or Galaxy S3

  • Andrey

    Holy Droid, my tip got on DL πŸ™‚

    πŸ™ rip gnex

  • D.C.

    FU Verizon! I’m headed to roll-your-own GSM with a fistful of SIMs when my contract (with 5 lines) is up. Meantime, you can get a refub for $220 here. Maybe I’ll pickup a spare.

  • DanSan

    im still rocking mine since launch day. threw AOKP jb mr2 on it yesterday and still loving this phone. thinking of grabbing the note 2 but not sure. might wait for that S4

  • Diablo81588

    Good. Junk phone needs to go to the junk yard for good. Terrible battery life, worthless reception and a speaker as loud as a silent fart. The only reason it got so much praise is for being a nexus on Verizon. If it was a carrier branded phone no one would have bought it.

  • Johnpa2006

    Aside from the horrid battery life, it was a very nice pure android phone.
    I wish it’s rom was on my galaxy S3 instead of touchwiz.

  • Jonathan Williams

    I’ll pour some of my 40 onto my Gnex box since I’m still using my phone.

  • d32486

    Bought the gnex off swappa in December and it is the best phone I’ve ever had..the seller put mmuzzy on it before he shipped it and its been great. Battery life is decent and the phone is quick with no reception issues at all. Not sure how stock would be but I love this phone and I don’t plan on getting rid of it anytime soon, especially because I am still on unlimited with Verizon

  • VoiceofSky

    There should be a Smartphone (or just a Phone) Hall of Fame ..if there was the OG droid and Gnex would inducted … A current proud owner right here. =)

  • Matt Gondek

    Someone cue up “Taps”

  • Droid4LifeDawg

    Still Rocking mine and with AOKP JB build 2, it’s like having a new phone, so I’m Good!

  • NyReynolds

    I’d like to know where all the GNex haters live. Everyone claims the reception was horrible, but I still have mine and have never had a reception issue other than in places that I know Verizon has issues. I’m not saying that people are lying, i’m just wondering where you’re all living where reception is so horrible. I’ve had a G1, Droid, Droid X, Thunderbolt, GNex, and a GS3. No reception issues at all with any of them.

  • Arachnyd

    Still the reason I’m going to drop Verizon as soon as I’m off contract.

  • SD_Scott

    Did the value of my GNex just go up!?

  • ckeegan

    Still love mine, but would buy a Nexus (or even vanilla, without the nexus moniker) MAXX in a heartbeat.

  • Tony Gonzalez

    I love my GNEX….Verizon can suck it! that is no way to treat a Nexus. Running CyanogenMod 10.1 and tethering like a motherf@*ker.

  • what is the insurance replacment for it now?

  • bojangles

    i have 5 of them and wouldn’t trade them for any of the newer devices currently availible.

  • Still have mine since December 13, 2011, and i love it. i don’t have any desire to get rid of it until the next Nexus device. everything else thats come out hasn’t really been that interesting to me. i’ve never had problems with it. Radios are awesome, and i get 12-20 hours of battery on it, running Bugless 4.1.2. Just wish Pete would update already! Anyone know about Shiny? thought about trying that out. Any other recommendations for a “Bugless” like experience would be appreciated. Also tried muzzy and hated it.

  • giri0n

    Love mine. Running custom ROMs on mine and the wife’s, smooth, stable, and packed full of fun tweaks (toggle buttons, colored nav buttons, etc…) – the next phone is going to have to have a ton of punch to draw me away from this bad boy.

  • Travis Shepherd

    abysmal? maybe it’s just me, but 14-16 hours isn’t bad.

    • Diablo81588

      Lol. Yeah 14 to 16 hours of idle time..

      • Travis Shepherd

        I’m not a heavy user. if I’m not on wifi I usually have my data off too, so yeah probably idle time…oh well I still love it.

  • n11

    Ironically I lost my back casing to mine SOMEHOW 2 days ago. I KNOW I left it on my desk :/

  • edwoordd

    I love my Gnex! Rooted with paranoid 4.2.1 πŸ™‚

    • jewvee

      Me too Paranoid is nice

  • edwoordd

    Hopefully a Nexus 4 or 5 comes out to vzw!!! even thought the moto x phone is coming out I still plan on waiting

  • Buried alive

  • Kelly

    I guess we’re not getting a 4.2 update then? Time to install a ROM?

  • rreich49

    Love my GNex. Best phone I’ve had to date. I will wait until a worthy successor comes along to replace mine.

  • Any issues I ever had with my GN were solved by flashing 4.2.1 and the 2100 ma battery VZW was selling for $25 soon after launch. I too came from an OG Droid. It was like stepping off a bicycle and into a Ferrari. I drive it til it dies.

  • Buckoman

    So this means there isn’t going to be another update?

    • RoadsterHD1


      • Buckoman


    • KleenDroid

      No… We get updates the very day a new version comes out. The only people not getting updates are those waiting to get them from Verizon. But there shouldn’t be many of those people since this is a Nexus.

  • RoadsterHD1

    WOW this thing died faster than the Bionic.

  • C-Law

    How many people started like me with an og DROID and then skipped the bionic/razr and saved their upgrade for the gnex?

    • Comk4ver

      I did but I bought mine from eBay a 32gb for $125? so I still have an upgrade with some dummy lines. so, I am willing to wait till the next Google droid/Nexus/developer phone.

  • Shawn_Locke

    Will Verizon continue update support? Please say I’ll still be getting Key Lime Pie!!

    • KleenDroid

      It will continue to get every update as always. The very day an upgrade releases our devs have it available for us.

      • Shawn_Locke

        And what if one doesn’t want to root? (the reason I bought a Nexus to begin with)

        • Jim McClain

          dude I went thru 8 gnex phone trying to get a good one, the only way is to root, its scary at first, but it makes the phone the superstar its meant to me

  • steven sullivan

    Great phone, great network and great developer support.

  • Still rocking my VZW G-Nex, until my contract is up in a few months. Then I will be waiting on the next revolutionary Nexus device (unlocked of course, because of VZW shenanigans with timely updates). Damn my battery life sucks!

  • Jim McClain

    Well after having 8 gnex phones I gave up trying to get a good one and finally rooted, it went from being the worst phone I’ve ever had, to being the best ive ever had, slapped a 3800 battery on it now its a beast

    • KleenDroid

      That is the answer for everyone that has any issues. Being a Nexus it is all very easy.

    • drparty

      Which battery did you get? (Brand) thanks!

      • Jim McClain

        I found it on ebay for 27.99 , its a Trexcell , for 28 bucks you get the battery , the new back and a nice cover, only adds about one quarter of an inch in thickness, and a little weight, but I don’t even notice it now, love it

        • drparty

          I bought a cheap one a while back, think it was $12 and it doesn’t hold as good of a charge as the Samsung 2100mah, trying to find a good extended battery so my wife can use it without it dying at noon like it normally does but since the phone probably won’t be used more than another couple of months I don’t want to buy the $70 seidios. That said I may try and get a trexcell like you mention. How much screen on time can you get with the trexcell?

  • Had mine since day one. After many tweeks still the best phone ive owned. So does this mean i wont go to cell phone jail now?

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    Damn Verizon…. Tell us how you really feel about nexus devices…

  • azndan4

    It hardly had “Abysmal” battery life. Although like all Samsung devices, the reception left something to be desired.

  • Rodeojones000

    I still love mine. Not a single device released by Verizon in the past 13 months since it came out has led me to consider replacing it.

  • Michael Quinlan

    May never see another one like it again? If by that you mean Verizon will never again trot out a typical Verizon device masquerading as a Nexus, then good. It may have been a big deal tosome vVerizon customers, but as an owner of a real (gsm) Nexus, I find there’s no end to the confusion caused by using the name ” Galaxy Nexus ” to refer to both the real Nexus and this Verizon abomination.

  • Radgatt

    I sort of wish they didn’t have any certified like new devices available for replacement. What would they do if that was the case and my phone ended up being defective?

  • Brad

    Got my GNex the morning of the day it was released. I’m not a guy who flashes ROMs frequently, but I’m on my second ROM now, namely AOKP 4.2.1, and absolutely loving it. Battery life has been an issue, but my recent installation of Juice Defender Ultimate seems to have significantly improved that, so I really have zero issues with this phone right now. I’m grandfathered on unlimited data, and making good use of it with my Netflix account.

    I’m not sure what my next phone will be, though since I’m faced with paying full price for a new phone to avoid losing my unlimited data, it doesn’t matter what I pick or when, so we’ll just have to see. I started with the Droid Eris and upgraded to a Fascinate, both good phones, but both a bit lacking on specs and development, leaving me anxious to upgrade. The GNex is honestly big enough and fast enough that I’m really in no hurry to upgrade at this point, and considering the development available for this device, I’m sure it will be kept alive long past its intended life span. Guess I’ll just have to see what kind of new shinies come along, and see if any of them give me a compelling reason to shell out some $600, give or take.

  • DanWazz

    Such a dream phone when it was announced. Then reality hit, and problems aplenty arose. thanks VZW for destroying a dream!

    Still have mine and won’t give it up for the foreseeable future. I compared it to my brother’s DNA a few days ago and it still hold its own.

  • its funny because if you go to look at smart phones its got the picture splattered on the screen

  • Still the proud owner of a 32GB Gnex from VZW. Never getting rid of it. As my first Android device, it will always have a special value to me

  • guy

    can you still get a warranty replacement if you own a GNex ?

  • red8rain

    my only issue w/ this phone is the damn radio. it freaking suck ass.

  • Eric Soriano

    This was dead on arrival! As excited as I was for this device, the bad battery life and poor signal along with no updates from Verizon made this DOA!

  • brarelabben

    Where one dies another shall rise.

  • So I take it we won’t get that pogo car dock.

  • Booyah

    Love my GNex. Will hold onto for at least another year. This phone has serious staying power.

  • RIP Galaxy Nexus LTE. I still have mine and it’s like a new toy by each ROM I use on it. This is one tough piece of technology!

  • n900mixalot

    I need to look away before I start to get emotional. I promised myself I wouldn’t cry …

  • Justin John

    Does this mean that the device will not be receiving Android 4.2.1 at all? Did they completely stop their support for the device?

    • I wouldn’t count on it. If you haven’t I think now’s the time to get into the ROOT and ROM game. Its actually very easy if you follow the directions, and in no time you’ll be running 4.2.1…

  • Could this be the end of the Nexus line for Verizon? I really hope not. Custom roms for the next couple of years will be nice!

  • n900mixalot

    This is the most beautiful article I’ve ever read from the world of tech blogging.

  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    I bought my G-nex on day one and it is STILL my daily driver. I’ve never been able to put up with a device for longer than about 6 months. I’m not even tired of it yet. I just installed CM 10.1 yesterday and it’s great!

    As far as battery…

    I bought that spare battery/charger combo that let’s you charge the device and an extra battery simultaneously. Problem solved. If my battery dies, I pop in the spare. I always have a charged battery on standby.

  • Stevedub40

    *Plays taps..*

  • Lets say I break/loose my G-Nexus … Would Verizon/Ausiron [how ever you spell it] give me a certified/like new one?

    • Stevedub40

      They may still have some in stock for replacements, but they will no longer be selling the device direct.

    • n900mixalot

      I just got a new one on Tuesday and sent my other one back.

  • trophynuts

    Shout to VZW for Teo’ing us before Teo’ing was cool into thinking this was a legit Nexus Device THAT WOULD RECEIVE THE SAME UPDATE ATTENTION AS A NORMAL NEXUS DEVICE. Aside from the garbage battery life and garbage radios it was a fun device at times with all of the Roms. I agree we will never see another “nexus” on Verizon.

  • monkey082506

    Still rocking it and they can’t make me stop!

  • JΓ©rΓ΄me Besnard

    I probably had my father-in-law buy the last one today! I had my own unlocked HSPA GNex until Santa came and gave me the Nexus 4. The dream goes on.

  • John Murray

    As soon as the Play Store gets their act together, Verizon is history for me.

  • Still in love with this phone. The slick no button, no carrier design attracted me in the first place and it remains a handsome device that has withstood my not so-gentle hands.

    I only hope that there is a worthy successor when my contract is up. The Nexus 4 is nice but I’m not a fan of the non-removable glass back.

    After crack flashing I’ve settled on Paranoid Android which, for me, is EXACTLY what I want out of my phone. Minimal, easily adjustable DPI and UI settings, Jelly Bean 4.2, and the new PIE feature is nice.

  • Nanogeek

    if my nexus breaks im gonna be so sad i can’t get another

  • Austin

    The worst phone I had with Verizon. I worked for them for 4 years too. It dropped connection, and had the known samsung issue that was prevalent on the charge as well. Talk for 5-15 minutes no one can hear you anymore. Swapped out, and then had to return. Had high hopes for it, but my my iphone wielding cousin was getting better reception then me and beating me in a speed test the month it came out I had to get rid of it. Since than my Razr Maxx blew him away this last christmas πŸ™‚

    • Mack

      Sucks that you had issues with it, can’t say I’ve experienced any of those problems myself. Glad you’re happy with your Razr Maxx though, Motorola’s quality is top of the line.

  • Medications

    Still the best phone I’ve ever owned, granted I’ve only had the OG DROID and this in the post-flip phone era, but I’m due for an upgrade in August and I can’t wait for the Galaxy S4. I’m so used to it now that I’m fine with it, but the Nexus radios and battery life has been terrible since day 1.I carry a spare battery in my wallet at all times and another in my jacket as a work around, it’ll be nice to not have to do that anymore

  • yummy

    I love mine so much. Unlimited data, lte, and lossless zips on archive.org. A match made in deadhead heaven. Love my battery sucking gnex

  • david

    What does this mean for the device receiving 4.2.1 OTA?

    • KleenDroid

      We have had it for many months now.

  • jerflash

    I have the GNEX and i still have my OG DROID in working condition running Jelly Bean! I will never sell these phones!!!

  • mustbepbs
  • I don’t get it. It’s still one of the most powerful phones they have, it’s got a great screen…are they dumping it simply due to it’s age or the fact they finally realized that Nexus devices weren’t for them because they require actual product support?

    • Droidzilla

      They can’t monetise it with their old-school, feature phone business model. That’s how Big Red rolls.

  • James Baranowski

    I am keeping mine till it, lost, stolen, breaks, or is bricked…

    • Pedro

      Can you actually brick it? I sure tried (unintentionally). Fastboot made what I thought was death a minor inconvenience.

  • so does this mean there will no longer be any “official” updates for it? Yes, I’m still non-rooted and stock because so far I’ve been able to do what I need without rooting it – but if I’m never going to get a newer version of JB then I guess I should read up on how to root it & make use of some ROMS…

  • MSlab


  • TheCheapGamer

    Here’s to the phone I almost bought!

  • Dan Lopez

    So what happens if you need a replacement?

    • replacements for a year old device most defiantly would come from an insurance company and not verizon

  • i’ll never forget how they jerked me around with the release of the Gnex. I lost all trust in verizon over that.

  • Now we just have to wait for it to no longer be available from the insurance company so I can drop mine when the next Nexus comes out… πŸ™‚

  • Scott Bowen

    *reboots my GNexus* for a moment of silence..

  • Tim242

    The Verizon Nexus was not perfect, but I absolutely loved it. I have moved on to the Note II. While I love it, I miss my Sexy Nexy.

    • drparty

      About the only thing I miss are the on screen buttons.

    • Booyah

      Was the size a crazy thing to get used to? Would think going from 4.65 to 5.5 is quite a jump.

      • Tim242

        It was a bit of a jump. After a few weeks with it, it seems normal. Everything else just feels tiny now.

  • George Fayad

    Toro running JBSourcery here. First Verizon smartphone I ever owned that I don’t want to replace after owning it since launch!

    • [[[…babysmoker…]]]

      Same here. Smooth as butter & exceptional battery life. With the most amazing dev following I’m not giving up my baby anytime soon. I still remember picking it up on launch day; it was the first time I felt like a kid with the coolest new toy in the world in ad long as I can remember. A true game changer, despite the despicable experience offered to stock users.

  • Xious

    I am just hoping that the X Phone lives up to the rumors and works on Verizon. Otherwise, I may be on the GN for a long time. You just cannot beat the community support.

  • Scott Bowen

    i wonder what will Insurance replacements be…

  • Ben

    Coming from a Thunderbolt, the battery life was downright amazing!

  • EvanTheGamer

    Noooooooooooooo! Well..guess all great things must come to an end sometime. The good ole Galaxy Nexus will continue to shine as one of the greatest and most customizable phones Android has ever seen!

  • Verizon update approval be damned, I absolutely LOVE my LTE Gnex and, for my money, it’s the single best version of the device available.


    Hopefully this is followed by that rumored Google/moto phone. I need a good replacement for this cracked nexus.

  • NickA55

    I just picked my up to pay homage to it, but the battery is dead. Even if it were charged I wouldn’t have been able to get a signal with the crappy radios anyway. Good riddance I say.

  • Tom Snow

    My GNex was stolen the day after Christmas. Forced to go back to my Thunderbolt. #Biggestdisapointmentofmylife

  • it deserved better treatment from Verizon, thankfully the dev community unlocked it’s full potential for us. Because of which I don’t see myself giving mine up in the forseeable future.

  • Tony Allen

    Well I knew it was going to happen sooner or later, I’ve moved on to the Note II but the Galaxy Nexus will always be my go-to for crackflashing fun and tinkering!

  • Jwhap

    I love my gnex! Guess I will be buying off contact until my current contact is up! It has been a great run! Hopefully, Google figures out a way to get us Verizon users another nexus device!

  • Matreyu Hermano

    I have this phone. I love the software and form factor. What I DON’T like is the radio’s. My wife’s Moto Droid 4 gets LTE in places where I can barely pick up a weak 3G signal. And my battery life isn’t too great, had to get the extended battery to make it through the day.

  • Rich Wentz

    F*** Verizon. I wish they had a crappy network and no unlimited data so I could leave and never look back…

  • Guest


  • Gnexus Verizon with AOKP 4.2.1 JBmr1 build 2 (whatever the latest is freaking called) and running AMAZINGLY smooth

    • Same here.

    • Booyah

      Makes two of us. Runs like a new phone.

  • Going to stick with mine until they figure out how to end my unlimited data.

    • Or until GW is launched πŸ™‚

      …then VZW won’t have to worry about all of those “bothersome unlimited hogs” anymore πŸ™‚

    • Ditto. T-Mobile unlimited will be tempting.

    • +1. I bought mine for $225 factory refurb from VZW in October 2012. Keeping it til it croaks, or…….until it meets an untimely demise after Asurion let me cover it during open enrollment just recently…. Ha! A good deal, IMO.

  • Droidzilla

    This phone was the true successor to the OG Droid. Both are now sitting in a high rise somewhere surrounded by young, female flip-phones while smoking cigars.

    • I like this. This sounds nice.

      • Droidzilla

        Someone with more phones than I needs to make a jpeg of this. Maybe ‘shop some gold chains on the two uberphones.

    • kidtronic

      Young female flip phones? They’re ancient.

      • Droidzilla

        Believe it or not, they still make new model flip phones.

    • Trevor

      how can you say its the successor? Its different manufacturer/name its more like a successor to the OG Nexus not OG Droid. Makes no sense. no slide out keyboard and the GNex doesn’t even have the classic droid text tone… FAIL

      • Droidzilla

        If you think that the things that made the OG Droid a hallmark phone for all of us Android geeks were its slide out keyboard, the fact that it was made by Motorola, and the “DROOOIIID” noise, I don’t know what to say to you. It’s like someone telling me that they’re in love with Justin Beiber.

        I’m going to chalk your comment up as sarcasm and thus salvage what little faith I have left in the human race.

  • schoat333

    It will be RIP Verizon in one more month for me.

    • n900mixalot

      me too!!! And I’m going to vacuum seal my GNex and put it into a time capsule.

  • ddevito

    Still the best phone VZW ever had.

    • Kevin Bojarski

      I don’t know, the OG Droid could give it a run for its money.

      • In its time, yes.

      • ddevito

        I didn’t say most important – that would be the OG

        • Kevin Bojarski

          True, it’s just that the GN is nealy crippled by its poor battery life.

          • T4rd

            And relatively poor reception. I’m in a 4G area and never got 4G at my desk with my Gnex while everyone around me with Razr’s and S3s had 4G. Now I have a Note 2 and have 4G everywhere in my building. My Gnex also would just randomly drop data connections occasionally with the only way to bring it back being to toggle mobile data or reboot.

            I still loved it and think it’s an awesome phone though. Those were just moderate annoyances to me.

          • Mr ilheis

            You just needed the flash the proper radios. πŸ˜‰

          • T4rd

            I used every radio ever released for it. After the first few, they all pretty much worked the same for me. The first ones were horrible; I wouldn’t have data at all when my wife had full bars of 3G on her Rezound. That got fixed within a few months, but I always had the above lingering issues with every other radio. Radios do nothing for signal quality anyways, they’re just good for 1x/3G/4G hand offs and maintaining data connection in good signal areas.

          • Stewie

            No batt issues here, rocking Muzzy and it will continue to rock for another year!

          • michael arazan

            4G lte towers only give quality signals within a Four mile radius, outside the four miles it gets exponentially weaker. I am between 2 vzw lte towers that are both 6 miles away and a standard tower that is half a mile away, I have strong 3g and only 12 down and 5 up lte, my wifi is 10 down and 2 up. Verizon seems to only do the bare minimum with everything, minimal towers to claim lte coverage, minimum updates, minimum customer service, minimum data, etc, etc and all while charging premium prices.

          • KleenDroid

            No idea what you are talking about. There are lots of people willing to help you take control of your device.

          • tyguy829

            yeah my battery life is ‘amazing’

          • Jon

            and it’s awful, slow, blurry eyed camera.

        • Yep Gnex is still awesome. I’m now running PA pie and its has become a different phone, like it just got a face lift lol. But before I got the Gnex, I had the Droid Eris and still have it til this day and boy I still love it.

        • BigFanofDan

          I’ve always really enjoyed your films, Mr. Devito.

    • EvanTheGamer


      • TynanDeRosa

        You say that, but samsung’s ability to push the same device on almost every carrier, I have a feeling the Note 2 is going to have serious staying power, even a year from now.

        • ddevito

          it’ll be forgotten in 3 months when the S4 is released

          • T4rd

            Just like the S2 and original Note have been forgotten? (They’re getting 4.1.1 here soon). It most definitely will not be forgotten in the next year or so.

          • Dr_Buttballs


            Not to mention that the S2 still has a good amount of devs building amazing ROM’s for it. Running AOKP on my Skyrocket and loving it.

        • Jon

          Yep…it seems that the safest route to good developer support with custom ROMS, Kernels, and such is the Nexus line of phones, closely followed by any of the Samsung Galaxy line. Such as the Galaxy S III, or the Galaxy Note and Note II.

          The phones are just so popular, that they draw a great community of support around them even though they aren’t Nexus phones.

    • Yes, however the most ground breaking device has to go to OG.

      • ddevito


    • Nex__

      So now we’ll get less support then we do now lol.

      • Flyinion

        we got support at all?………………………

      • KleenDroid

        ? The phone is supported very heavily.

        • cizzlen

          By the dev community, not Verizon.

          • KleenDroid

            Correct… Which is much more useful in my opinion.

            At the moment I am running Atom v3 ROM and the AK kernel and Verizon could never top it.

    • capecodcarl

      I owned a used VZW Galaxy Nexus for all of 4 days last spring before I wanted to throw the thing out of the window. It was a piece of junk that couldn’t hold 4G signals at all, and drained the battery in 8 hours just sitting idle on my nightstand overnight searching for signals. I sold it and replaced it with an HTC Rezound and I am much happier.

      • n900mixalot

        What version of Andy ya runnin on that bad girl?

        • capecodcarl

          I’m running CM 10 on it, so JB 4.1.2. I did the wire trick to get it S-OFF a few weeks after I got it and ran various Sense ROMs for months. They finally got CM 9 running on it in the summer and then recently got CM 10 going on it last month so I prefer the vanilla approach of it. I would like to have stuck with the Gnex if its radios were better, but I depend on my phone to work. I was hoping for a VZW Nexus 4, but I don’t think we’ll ever see that.

          • n900mixalot

            Nexus 4 ain’t all that great. Bleh.

          • KleenDroid

            I take it you are not that into phones that are fully unlocked.

          • n900mixalot

            Love them but the Nexus 4 feels … Something doesn’t feel right.

          • drparty

            No lte? Short battery life?

      • T4rd

        I got the Gnex and my wife got a Rezound. With the exception of reception (which it was still ok, just not great) and display, the Gnex is considerably better and faster than the Rezound. The Rezound lags like crazy anywhere outside the launcher. That S3 SoC is just garbage, IMO. Battery life definitely isn’t any better on the Rezound either with its weak 1620 mAh battery. She’s constantly have to keep it on charge. The Gnex wasn’t much better by much, but it was better.

        Now I have a Note 2 and have absolutely no complaints with this phone. It’s literally the first phone where everything works fast and stable, reception is the same as any Razr’s around me and battery life is way more than adequate for a full days use.

        • capecodcarl

          The problem isn’t the Rezound’s hardware, it is the Sense builds. After I stuck Cyanogenmod on it the thing flies IMHO. Plus the CM ROM images are a third the size of the bloated Sense ROMs. In any case, I did end up buying an extended battery and get between 30 and 50 hours on a charge with my usage patterns (light).

        • drparty

          I too went from the gnexus to the note II and I’ve got to say its been an amazing experience using a phone I literally have no complaints. The battery life is just so great, its worth it to deal with touchwiz. And now that I’m used to the size (a thingsling went a long way to making that possible) I really think this is the most perfect phone I’ve ever owned.I’m pretty picky about phones but the note II is pretty much perfect.

      • KleenDroid

        It was one of those phones meant for those that knew what to do with it. It was a Nexus meant for rooting and romming. My Nexus is better today than it ever has been and nothing from its time could ever compare.

        However it may not have been the phone for someone that only wanted a phone and didn’t want to improve it. For the first week it was one of the worst phones I’ve ever owned. But since then it could not be beat.

        • Jon

          But there is a difference between wanting to improve a phone, and having to improve a phone. The GNex fell under the “have to improve” column. It was nearly unusable stock because of all the problems stated above.

          The GS III had none of the problems of the Galaxy Nexus out of the box. The GSIII is truly the best and most important Android phone on any and all carriers, since the OG Droid.

        • PhoenixPath

          I keep seeing this…

          Someone complains of the crappy signal, someone else claims it’s meant for rooting and romming..


          It’s meant as a phone first. If it cannot even do that, the rest is utterly pointless.

      • I did the same thing. Gnex is the WORST electronic device I have owned (never did the BB thing). Never in my life have I held such hatred towards an inanimate object.

        • Might want to get that checked out, hating inanimate objects is a sign of insanity. Not to mention, it being one of the best smart phones ever released – which 99% of this site would agree with whether you want to or not. Again, get that insanity thing checked out.

          • ERIC REED

            It was fun for those of us that owned it. But it had some terrible flaws. I don’t care what Rom you slapped on it, the battery life was miserable. And that freaking camera…what were they thinking??

        • jewvee

          Wow!! That’s all i have to say about that comment

      • angermeans

        That was more than likely your area (at the time) all the early android lte devices have issues staying connected.

      • regkilla

        Well done.

    • MikeKorby

      I have the Nexus now, and I had the OG Droid before it. To this day I still say that the Motorola Droid was one of the BEST devices ever made! It had the full functionality of an Android device, paired with a top-notch community. The keyboard was a fun toy at times. The build was rivaled only by a 90s Nokia. By current standings, it is long outdated. At the time though, it was the best decision you could have made, even if it was just an Γ©clair.

      • angermeans

        I agree, but the OG was quickly replaced (in my opinion) by (my still fav device of all time) the Nexus One. Still love that phone.

      • Amen. I had a brief, 3-month flirtation with the Thunderbolt after leaving the OG, then went to the Gnex. A moment of silence for both landmark phones — the OG and the Gnex!

    • Booyah


    • Buy This

      Still the best phone I’ve ever had. Still using it for the foreseeable future.

      • Jon

        You guys just need to try the Galaxy S III. Even stock with no custom Roms, it runs circles around the GNex. No exaggeration. Way better camera, call quality, reception, battery life, screen size, natural screen color cast, speaker…and on and on.

    • Thomas

      Would love to hear the DL boys weigh in on this on the next DL Show.

    • The RAZR Maxx HD is damn close. Put stock on that thing and give it the Nexus brand and support and you’ve got a better phone.

      • angermeans

        Not in my opinion. Motorola (and Google I presume) need to stop using cheap displays. The HD display on the Razr HD isthe worst HD display I’ve seen and that’s saying a lot considering the poor displays on my Gs3 and a galaxy Nexus especially since they have been pentile. I just don’t understand why Moto left high end as hey was always known for using great displays until the last two years. Very poor phones released since the OG.

        • Agreed. Motorola needs a new design team and someone willing to say “STOP USING CRAP DISPLAYS.” Once that happens, they will have a chance to jump ahead of Samsung. Until then, they’ll keep making phones with amazing batteries, amazing internal hardware, with sub-par screens and awful exterior designs for 10 year old boys (aka wrapped in “Kevlar”).

    • It’s the reason I stuck with VZW, and now it’s the reason I’ll leave VZW, when my contract is done.

      • kidtronic

        I’m keeping my eye on the Moto X rumors. If it ends up being unlocked and subsidized by google, I’ll stay on my grandfathered unlimited data plan with Verizon. Otherwise, T-mobile is starting to look pretty nice.

        • Tom Capote

          This was the reason I recently left Verizon. From now on, international, unlocked for me. Right now, Galaxy Note 2 on Straight Talk. Very Happy.

        • Looks like lots of us with the same idea. I have an amazing promo plan with Verizon ($10 for unlimited text/data per extra line) and even I am thinking of leaving for T-mobile SIM when the next Nexus comes out. Still love my Gnex, so I can wait…

    • eagletrippin

      Agree 100%!

    • EC8CH

      Hoping the moto x rumors are true and we can buy one for vzw on the play store and have a successor of some sort to the og, gnex lineage of phones.

      • KleenDroid

        I sure hope so also. I would love it if Verizon gave me an option to keep my unlimited data and stay with them. My issue is that I have 5 phones I have to replace and 4 are due now. My Nexus is the last under contract.

        If the X phone rumors were true I would happily buy 5 of them and stick with Verizon. Otherwise next December I will be shopping.

        But we shouldnt get too excited. We have been waiting for Motorola to come backto us since the D1. Its been a long time.

        • Jon

          Let me just give you some sound advice, drop Verizon like a bad habit. You should switch to a GSM carrier on a a monthly prepaid plan and feel the freedom of not being locked to any carrier or 2 yr contract ever again.

          You can sell your Verizon unlimited data plans on ebay for at least $125 a line. T-Mobile has an excellent $50/month unlimited everything prepaid plan with no hidden taxes or fees. The catch…after the first 100mb it’s 3G/2G. In los angeles, it almost always 3G and never seen it go down to 2G. Now this may seem like a horrible compromise, but what I’ve figured out is, that you simply turn all of your auto downloading apps to “on Wifi only”, and then you never really notice that your speed is capped. Web browsing, Google Maps navigation, Pandora streaming, email, chat, all of that stuff works great. But if you try and download a file or update and app, you will see that they are throttling the speed. Other than that, you can pretty much enjoy your day without much fuss.

          I personally have WiFi all around, and this just works great and saves at least $25 / month per line, and gives me the freedom to buy Google Nexus phones or the wide assortment of GSM phones on the market.

          • KleenDroid

            Very interesting… I like the idea of selling my 5 unlimited lines for $125 each! I think I may be done with 2 year contracts on Verizon.

            In the past I would never consider a prepaid plan but I will certainly give it a good look. But all I need to stay on Verizon is an unlocked phone at a reasonable price. ..

          • Jay

            Sell your unlimited plans? I think not – doing an AOL on your line loses unlimited data on Verizon. Tried to do it for a work discount. The last thing I would want is giving someone else control in my name.

      • angermeans

        I hate to say it, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. If the so called X phone comes to Verizon it will be sold on contract while the unlocked (if there is one as I don’t think it will be a Nexus device) will be a GSM version probably missing LTE (much like the Nexus 4 now) as providers won’t release the necessary technology to have an unlocked LTE device you could use much like GSM of old like the nexus one. Just my feeling mixed in with the choices these companies have made in the past and present. It’s just too good to be true an unlocked non skinned LTE Motorola device on Verizon’s network sold on te Play Store. Worst part is if it is sold on contract with Verizon (which looking at Verizon and Motorolas longstanding relationship) then it will never eat the proper updates to really make it a good decision. The Galaxy Nexus was a joke on Verizon.

    • Still have my OG. Perfect Condition!

    • LiterofCola