Bad Verizon, no Galaxy Nexus car dock?

Posted by james on Nov. 1, 2012

I have a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, and it's great. Leagues better than my old Samsung Nexus S (Aka T-Mobile Vibrant), which itself was a very good phone.

It's the "Nexus" phone, which essentially means it's where Google shows off it's newest stuff unencumbered by the phone networks. Except that this one is missing Google Wallet, since Verizon wants their own solution to win. Ironically, Verizon's own pay-with-your-phone solution is absent from the phone as well. More of a "if we can't do it, we're sure not going to let you do it either" mentality.

One of the best features of the iphones is their dock connector. There are tons of accessories, and most of them fit most iphones & just work. Even with the newer dock connector, there's sure to be tons of accessories that are made for that new connector.

What does android have? A ton of different phones, and none of them have any type of dock connector. They lack even the capability of those neat accessories.

So the Galaxy Nexus has some really neat pins on it's side, which can easily interface with accessories, and provide some of that missing functionality. Granted it's only on one of the many hundreds of android phones out there, but at least that's a start.

The twist? Samsung does not make a car dock that uses these pins for the Verizon version of the phone. The GSM version works just fine; slip the phone in the dock, it auto-changes to car-mode, starts piping music through your car, etc. The Verizon version? No connection.

To add insult to injury, the Verizon version of the car dock (which lacks all the neat functionality anyway) was discontinued either right after or right before it started selling (there's still some confusion on that one).

What the heck is going on? Where are the Galaxy Nexus CDMA accessories? Why isn't Google trying to foster a library of accessories that are compatible with all phones? Just one of the (many) glaring flaws of the Android ecosystem.