The Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE phone arrived at the end of 2011 and was hailed as a great phone. This was due to it being a 4G LTE device which came with a clean install of Android 4.0. And it had a great run for sales until the Galaxy S3 arrived on the scene in May 2012. Even after that, the Galaxy Nexus continued to sell well and continued to add to the volume of phones being produced by Samsung. But is seems that the life span for the Galaxy Nexus is quickly coming to an end.
The Verizon Galaxy Nexus has disappeared from the Verizon Wireless site officially signaling the end of what many considered one of the best phones ever produced. Sprint added the Galaxy Nexus to their list of 4G LTE phones as they rolled out LTE on their network last year. And they are still selling the Sprint Galaxy Nexus at a price of $99.99 with a 2 year contract. Given that Verizon is no longer selling this great smart phone, Sprint may also be discontinuing the model soon.
On the Google Play site, we did not expect to see the Galaxy Nexus 4G and Google is showing the Galaxy Nexus 4 on their store. The continued pace of change in mobile technology has brought about the end of a really great smart phone.
Given that the Galaxy Nexus is no longer for sale at Verizon, it does appear that current owners are not going to be seeing Android 4.2. This will pretty much force them to obtain a new phone if they want to move to the current Android version. This is a problematic situation since most agreements are for a 2 year contract. As for Sprint, they are pushing out Android 4.2 to their Galaxy Nexus owners, but it is unknown how much longer they will be selling the Galaxy Nexus smart phone.