One of the great things that has been hoped for in the coming Verizon Galaxy Nexus is the lack of add ons that Verizon is known to add to the smart phones that they sell. That has been talked about and valued by many over the past few months, but that is beginning to look like it is not going to be the case. There have been videos posted of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus showing some Verizon software pre-installed on the phone which is a different expectation for the phone. One of the items that people were excited about was to be the lack of bloatware on the coming phone, but does appear that it will be on the phone.
In an article about Is the Galaxy Nexus Still a “Nexus?” it seems that a pure Google experience may not be possible with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. That is because there are variants of the Ice Cream Sandwich and some of those are under the control of Samsung versus those that are under the control of Google in their build and release. So the question of exactly what is a Nexus phone is appropriate at this time, especially with history that Verizon has for making changes to the OS so they can add to it. That often causes problems with getting things in a timely manner because Verizon has to test it as they get it, add their parts to it and then retest it. That adds to the process and delays things.
A number of years back, there was the Blackberry Storm from Verizon and when it was first released, there were a number of problems with the software on the phone. There were a number of releases to fix problems from RIM, but Verizon was not releasing those updates to Blackberry Storm owners. It took several months for Verizon to finally release an update for the Storm to correct problems. Much of the delay was probably related to Verizon updating their parts of the software and then running tests to make sure that both the Blackberry OS and the Verizon added items work correctly.
According to the article, there are Google created builds and Samsung created builds for the coming Ice Cream Sandwich, along with what is expected to be a Verizon build for Ice Cream Sandwich. It appears that these may not be compatible when doing upgrades because of the differences between them. For the Verizon build of Ice Cream Sandwich, we can expect that the changes they are making are going to delay things versus the Google created builds.
Could this be the reason for part of the delays for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus?