When the Galaxy Nexus for Verizon Wireless was pulled from the Android Open Source Project many months ago, many VZW customers were heartbroken. It was as if they were no longer using a “Nexus” device at all, rather the less-popular twin of its GSM counterpart. Once again, the LTE Nexus is an official, Google-supported device. It has returned to the AOSP as of Android 4.1 (or more specifically 4.1.1). It seems as though Verizon and Google have finally kissed and made up by releasing this official build of Jelly Bean for the device. It appears that older Ice Cream Sandwich builds have resurfaced as well.
Verizon has never been quick to update their devices, so it’ll be interesting to see how quickly this is released. Seeing as the official build already exists, one could normally expect this fairly timely. But, like with many of the American carriers, one can never be too sure. Welcome back Verizon users, you will soon return to the Nexus family.