Google Says Goodbye to CDMA

Posted on Feb 7 2012 - 12:00pm by Christopher Allega

Google has announced that it will end Android support for CDMA phones and tablets, including phones supported by Verizon.

Customers are protesting against the change, however, the company clarified that this change will affect only those phones with Android Open Source Project (AOSP) source code.

Google Inc. said in a statement, “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”.

While this answer will reassure many, there are still questions over the issues that linger, particularly for Android power users who are looking to customize their own handsets. There’s also uncertainty about what this new policy might mean for CDMA users of Android worldwide.