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[UPDATE] Google Support of CDMA Galaxy Nexus Never Went Anywhere

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    [UPDATE] Google Support of CDMA Galaxy Nexus Never Went Anywhere






    Just a quick update on the article by a blogger that sent some VZW Nexus owners into a nose dive late last friday. As we reported on friday, it is still business as usual with the Galaxy Nexus, and there was never anything to worry about. Essentially Google cannot get distribution rights to the intellectual properties/software packages owned by the CDMA carriers, aka Sprint and Verizon, and that poses a "problem" for AOSP support.. Dan Morril, Android Engineer, gave a more in depth response to the assumption of Google no longer supporting the device. The lesson learned? It is better to wait on official confirmation than to run with rumor. Enjoy that Nexus folks!!

    Hi, all! Thanks for all the questions. Heres a quick omnibus to answer the
    questions folks have asked...

    First, just to be clear this change is only related to AOSP support for
    these devices -- that is, personal custom builds. These are obviously still
    officially-supported Nexus devices for everyday use, they will receive
    official software updates, and so on. Similarly, these are still
    fully-supported development devices for app developers.
    Second, as I noted at the top of the thread, Nexus devices will still have
    unlocked bootloaders, and well continue to make available as many of the
    closed-source binaries as we can. CDMA support in AOSP has always been more
    challenging than GSM, and this change is a reflection of that reality.

    On that topic, heres a quick clarification on the core issue. Every device
    has a number of closed-source software packages included on it. Though
    Google distributes some of these binaries for Nexus devices for use with
    AOSP, Google does not own the software. Rather, this software is variously
    owned by the device manufacturer, the carrier, and their suppliers. We try
    to get distribution rights for as many of these binaries as possible, but
    in some cases it is difficult or impossible to obtain these rights. (CDMA
    specifically has a tricky history of intellectual property.) Combined with
    the technical issues of needing to sign the apks correctly, this has
    prevented us from obtaining the distribution rights we need to support
    these devices in AOSP.

    Finally, we will of course continue to work on improving support. If we can
    resolve these issues, well certainly restore CDMA support to AOSP. In the
    meantime, weve updated our docs to be more accurate about the degree of
    support.
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    *I hope that answers your questions! For those of you with more technical
    questions, JBQs posted with more gory technical details over on
    android-platform --

    Originally posted by Cereal Killer at Droid Forums
    Source: Google groups

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    Thanks for the update Wicked!
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    Much appreciated. Thanks, wicked!

    Tap'd from my GNex
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    Yay, the sky isn't falling anymore......lol. I was soooo enjoying watching the spiraling effect this had on other forums!!!!
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    I love to watch people freak out at every little thing that gets posted out there sometimes. Adds amusement to the day lol.

    Now they will have to find something else to stress about and discuss to meaningless endeavor... haha
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