The journey of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus to get updated to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich has been a bumpy one when you come to think of it. Just last week, there were reports that several of our smartphone-crazed brethren were able to see display units of the smartphone in brick and mortar stores of the wireless provider already running Android 4.0.4. In addition to that, there were additional reports that the pertinent files needed to crank up the handset to 4.0.4 have already been uploaded by Google to its servers but only the more adventurous of us were willing to put our technical skills to good use in flashing the update files on the handset.
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As for Verizon, we all know that the wireless provider usually posts the changelog of an update in its support site before the actual rollout but this did not happen at that time. What is more frustrating for Verizon subscribers is that the update has already landed not only on the GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus but on the Sprint variant of the device as well.
All of us were able to breathe a sigh of relief once the changelog of the Android 4.0.4 update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally went live on the support site of Verizon a couple of days ago. This meant that a rollout is already imminent and can be expected to happen in just a couple of days. And now, Verizon has finally gotten around to unleashing the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
As expected, the update is being pushed out via OTA so users of the handset can expect a notification to come up on their Samsung Galaxy Nexus to let them know about its availability. Alternatively, a user of the handset also has the option to manually check for the update if his patience is already running out in waiting for the notification to show itself. The update however is being rolled out in a staggered manner with the wireless provider initially pushing out the update in small doses starting last night but the rollout is expected to become full blown in the next couple of days.
As for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, this is the current Google flagship device and was released to coincide with the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich late last year. The circuitry of the handset is built around a Texas Instruments OMAP4460 chipset which brings to the device a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor running at a clock speed of 1.2 GHz in addition to a full gigabyte of RAM.
The storage space of the handset comes up to 32GB while its curved display measures 4.65 inches diagonally and is of the SuperAMOLED variety. In addition to having a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, the display of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus also has an oleophobic coating that makes it resistant to scratches. Its camera department is a bit mediocre though for a flagship device because the Samsung Galaxy Nexus only has a 5MP shooter at its back panel and a 1.3MP video chat camera out front. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G starting at $49.