Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally gets the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update

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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.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting at $49.

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.

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  1. Curious – has the OTA update deployment been confirmed by Verizon? Also, have any users reported receiving the update via OTA?

    Thanks for the info!

  2. I’ve been checking manually via Settings->About Phone-> System Updates. Nothing yet. No a real big surprise.

  3. Nothing yet for me here in Hawaii.

  4. Not in DC area. I am still waiting and have been constantly checking on my update manually.

  5. Funny, a Verizon support rep (@VZWsupport) just tweeted me today that they aren’t rolling out ICS 4.0.4 to the Galaxy Nexus and they had no timetable for it. Of course, the support person could be mistaken… I don’t have a good feel for the reliability of Verizon support right now.

  6. According to the 4th rep’s supervisors supervisor, the update “didn’t meet our quality standards” . He also stated that the new target date was in late Aug. or Early Sept. This is completely believable (Don’t make me laugh.) So to answer your question, Verizon denied the update, refused to comment on the update on Google’s servers, and as far as I know (I’m not friends with all of them) no one has reported getting the update pushed to them by Verizon except one person, who then refused to upload a screen shot.

  7. Ok. I saw the Verizon Galaxy Nexus does have the 4.0.4 ICS update. I saw the update with my own eyes at a Verizon store in Douglasville, Ga. My Galaxy Nexus is still on 4.0.2, but I am hopeful that I will receive the update soon. We will see.

  8. By august Google will be posting updates to Jellybean and xda will have leaks of Key Lime Pie.

  9. Nothing here in Phoenix Az

  10. man.. screw this phone. biggest mistake I’ve made as far as phone choice. going iphone 5 when it come out for SURE

  11. Verizon Wireless is a joke.

  12. Nothing here either. This phone and the pure Google experience has been a joke with Verizon.

  13. jaydub79, how is this phone a joke?? What are you expecting from version 4.0.4. It’s just radio, screen orientation and minor bug fixes?

  14. For what its worth i called and the tech support person said that they didnt see the upgrade scheduled.

  15. This phone was a bait and switch. Bought it because it was marketed as a Nexus. But found out instead it is hampered by the same crappy update lag that all the other 3rd party phones suffer from. Had it for 6 months now and still can’t use the phone as a music device because it randomly reboots whenever music is playing. This is one of the things the update is supposed to fix. Pathetic for a $300 on contract phone.

  16. No update for Rhode Island yet and yet I’m not surprised.

  17. No update in Baltimore area. So pathetic. All I can say is I bought this phone thinking that ICS was the OS that would finally bridge the gap with iOS. How mistaken I was. 6 months later, my phone has not had a single update and everyone else with an android phone is still stuck on Gingerbread. This is a joke. Verizon wanted to push these 4g android phones to sell more data and now that the iPhone 5 looms around the corner promising 4g, VERIZON HAS ABANDONED ANDROID AND RIGHTFULLY SO. I hate to say it, but if you buy anything other than an iPhone right now, or ever again for the foreseeable future, you are a fool. Anyone that is still stuck in thinking that Android is better somehow is nothing but DELUSIONAL. Its to total crap. Ill take apples “strict” world over this junk any day. I made the mistake of buying this piece of junk and regret it every time I see someone with a fricken 3g iphone. A class action lawsuit should be filed against this phone, but it would be to no avail.

  18. To add to that, without going much into it, I spoke with a “tier 2 verizon rep” 3 days ago over the phone who happened to own a galaxy nexus. I talked to the guy for almost 45 minutes (problems activating a refurbished replacement phone). He was clearly not particularly thrilled with the phone and I could sense his frustration with it. I did not want to push him too far, but I kept explaining my issues with the lack of support and he could not do anything but agree. He left me with the impression that there is not going to be a 4.0.4 OTA at all, but instead something bigger on the horizon…I think that he was just trying to make me happy though. I got the sense that there really is not going to be a 4.0.4 on VZW, but I hope I am wrong.

  19. Well, at least I know I’m not the only one at this point. So many articles, etc. saying that it’s going OTA now and that one should be able to get it by manually checking for the update. Guess I can stop wasting my time with that!

    Thanks all for your updates – again, glad to know I’m not the only one not getting the update.

    Big thing I’m waiting on is for the built-in e-mail app to support the Exchange Activesync “SD card encryption” policy. Think I read that 4.0.4 was going to fix this issue (stemming from the fact that the Galaxy Nexus of course doesn’t have a physical SD card).

  20. finally just got mine. 6/5/2012 at 2am EDT. in philadelphia at the moment.

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