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Verizon Galaxy Nexus
In October of 2011, during the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich at CTIA, many of us were happy to hear about the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the United States on Verizon.
Here, was the state of the art in Android handsets, a pure "Google Experience" device running on the latest Android 4.0 OS, and running on what was arguably North America's best 4G wireless network.
Those of us who bought the device and were expecting rapid updates to Google's latest Android goodness and patch releases soon discovered that while this device was branded as a "Nexus" the complications of having it introduced on Verizon meant that it contained proprietary CDMA/LTE code the Global GSM/HSPA version did not have, and thus lagged far behind its European and Asian counterpart in terms of support.
To add insult to injury, contract negotiations with Verizon precluded the inclusion of Google Wallet on the North American version. Verizon Galaxy Nexus customers waited months for basic bugfixes after the European version, and got its "Jelly Bean" update 2 months after the GSM version as well.
As if this wasn't bad enough, the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus was plagued with an inferior wireless transciever to the GSM edition, resulting in bad reception and data connectivity issues.
In terms of delivering on Google's promises for an "Experience" device, the Galaxy Nexus was a fail.