After the rodeo that was the Galaxy Nexus and the controversy behind the LTE version of the Nexus 7 not being “officially” supported on Verizon’s airwaves until well after its launch, we’d forgive you if you thought they’d never get another crack at a Nexus device. But it appears the company could be ready to give it another go.
According to a source of PocketNow’s, Verizon is ready to go all in on the next Nexus handset. They described Verizon’s attitude as “really ready to embrace” it, which we hope means they’ll let Google have their way with handling software upgrades and device features.
The Galaxy Nexus was a really bad black eye on Verizon’s Nexus history. The device was loaded up with a few of Verizon’s apps out of the box, and it took ages for the device to receive the latest upgrades compared to other handsets in the series. It didn’t help that the underwhelming, battery-guzzling TI OMAP processor inside made it one of the most miserable Nexus devices to use for its time.
Following that debacle, the LTE version of the 2012 Nexus 7 had support for Verizon’s LTE network and was supposed to be approved for use by Verizon, but the company was actively blocking activations of the device for a long time. They cited critical software issues that could affect their network as part of the reason it took so long for them to finally begin accepting activations again. Regardless of motive, intent or reason, it turned a lot of people off and we thought it might spell the end for Nexus on Verizon.
Should this rumor pan out then you can bet we’ll be watching closely to see if the company is truly ready to embrace Nexus and treat it the way it was meant to be treated. Would you give another Nexus device a shot if it makes its way to Verizon?