So earlier there was a big scare and if you pay attention to twitter a big fuss was made because CDMA devices, including the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus, were removed from the official supported devices list. As you can imagine there was a pretty big uproar from owners and develpers who were a little worried that maybe their NEXUS device that they had purchased would no longer receive updates in a timely manner which is why most of us have purchased our Nexus devices to begin with. You buy a Nexus because Updates come directly from the source, Google, and you don’t have to wait for the device manufacturer to skin it before releasing it months later! So plenty of folks brought their concerns to Google hoping to get a few things cleared up.
The Android Contributors Google Group released the following statement .
Hello! This is a quick clarification about support for CDMA devices.
For various technical reasons, recent CDMA Android devices implement core telephony functionality in .apk files provided in binary form by the carriers. To function correctly, these .apk files must be signed by the so-called “platform” key. However, when an individual creates a custom build from the AOSP source code, they don’t use the same signing key as these CDMA flies were signed with.
The result is that these files don’t work properly, and pure AOSP builds running on these devices can’t place calls, access mobile data, and so on. Because we aim to make sure that we are as clear as possible about the degree of support that devices have, we updated the docs over at source.android.com to reflect this reality.
We will still make available as many as possible of the closed-source binaries for these devices, and Nexus devices will continue to have unlockable bootloaders. And, of course, GSM/HSPA+ devices are still supported, as are any other devices we’re able to support. We’ve simply updated the documentation to be clearer about the current extent of CDMA support.
We are of course always working to improve support, and we’ll keep everyone updated as we make improvements. Thanks as always for your interest in AOSP!
So it would seem that the CDMA devices would be left out in the cold when it comes to new android firmware updates. However in a second released to The Verge Google has confirmed that they WILL continue business as usual and will continue to update the Verizon Galaxy Nexus with official firmware updates!