The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released by Verizon late last year to coincide with the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but has since then been stuck on the Android 4.0.2 version of the Google mobile operating system. The international version of the Google flagship device however has gotten its taste of the Android 4.0.4 refresh with users of the Verizon variant of the device still waiting for the update to make its way to the handset.
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A couple of days ago, the rumor mills went ablaze that the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus is finally getting updated to Android 4.0.4 but sad to say, we didn’t get any report that the update was finally rolled out. Despite this, Google however went ahead and posted the pertinent update files on its own servers. Sad to say, the posted update file is not a full ROM but only includes the file for the Android 4.0.2 version of the software for the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus so a little knowledge in flashing is necessary to take advantage of this. In addition to that, your handset should have the stock Android ROM running in it for the flash process to work.
Verizon however had different plans as the wireless provider has started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus via OTA today. This means that a notification is bound to come up on your device to let you know of the availability of the download. However, as is always the case with OTA updates, the rollout will be done in waves so you might want to manually check for the update every once in a while if you haven’t noticed the notification come up on your Samsung Galaxy Nexus. And once this update has been applied to your device, the software version will definitely get cranked up to Android 4.0.4 and the build number will jump to IMM76K.
For those still wanting to get a taste of the pure Google experience brought about by the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from Verizon, the handset can still be had at a Verizon-authorized online retailers for only $49.99, a price point that is relatively cheaper compared to the asking price of the wireless carrier for the handset. Of course, a two-year agreement with Verizon is mandatory for you to take advantage of the handset at its listed price.
As for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the handset has its circuitry built around a Texas Instruments OMAP4460 chipset which gives the handset a dual-core ARM Cortex A-9 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and a full gigabyte of RAM in addition to a PowerVR SGX540 GPU to handle graphical concerns. The display of the handset is a 4.65-inch SuperAMOLED panel with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels while its camera department is a bit mediocre with its 5MP rear-facing shooter and 1.3MP front-facer. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting at $49.