Sprint Galaxy Nexus

It's been a scant couple of weeks since the Sprint Galaxy Nexus saw an update to Android 4.2. Today it's got another update rolling out. This one brings things to Android 4.2.1 build JRO03U.L700GA02) and includes the following:

  • Redesigned camera interface and new Photo Sphere feature (a 360-degree panorama mode)
  • Notifications Shade accessible by swiping top screen edge downwards; swipe down with two fingers to view notifications; tap the notification to expand and take action on it.
  • Lockscreen widgets to access certain apps without unlocking the screen; sidescroll right for camera or left for other widgets (time and weather, gmail, etc.)

You can snag the update over the air (hit your settings>about menu for that), or download manually from Google and apply  it that way. (If you need help with that, hit up this thread in our forums.)

Note that this update is for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus and not the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Repeat: Verizon's Galaxy Nexus has not been updated. Still.

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Android 4.2.1 pushing for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus


I gave up on waiting for Verizon and rooted to CM10.1 last night and haven't looked back. It's beautiful and works GREAT!

This. Although I rooted mine the day I bought it (release day of the vw gnex), I'm only ever happier for doing so.

The sad part is, especially with 4.2, I don't have much reason to be rooted any more, and I'm starting to jump to the cranky crowd of "having to root to get the updates I know are there for this phone is pathetic." Keep thinking of jumping ship to Sprint, T-Mobile or AT&T and getting a Nexus that route (with more weight on the latter 2).

For the most part I love 4.2 on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. I have actually noticed a battery improvement and its runs very smooth. The Photo Sphere is cool, but not very practical in everyday use. But still cool to have if you ever want to use it. I really like the new notification panel. I think the lock screen widgets could use some work though. I find myself never using them for some reason. It doesn't seem like many widgets are supported to be used on the lock screen. But I am just kinda nitpicking, its a great OS.


Since Verizon removed the Nexus from their website, does it mean they will no longer support/update it?

Sprint still sells this phone...

I was wondering this too. If they don't release any more updates, it will mean the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon will have been supported for less than a year since it's initial release. I think they should at least support all phones for the full term of the contract. I understand that it is not a true nexus device, and Verizon needs to approve updates, but seriously.

Phil, Did the update to 4.2 from a few weeks ago push out? Is that what is pushing out now? I'm still on 4.1.1

[Obviously, I'm not Phil, but]

This does appear to be identical to the OTA found on google's servers a week or two ago. (I've been running that one without issues for a week or so.)

I manually updated my Sprint GNex two weeks ago and was having problems with my 3G radio connecting and disconnecting. Also, my screen kept turning on for no apparent reason. Did you experience that? I am now running AOKP, 4.1.2.

I read the headline and I almost peed myself and then the last word made the euphoria disappear.

This post should have read "Android 4.2.1 pushing to the Sprint Galaxy SIII".

Shattered dreams...

Now I've messed with the 4.2.1 and 4.1...and cant fully enjoy the roms for them. I have a lil predicament in which a certain application I use to lock down apps and more specific areas of my phone does not work on JB. More of an issue of abandoned warez, but I have had no choice but to remain on ICS to continue using that program on my GNex. My issue of not having JB boils down to security on my phone.

Im Phil,Im just at the beach getting a sun tan,by the way,how do you like my fish I caught?lol!!!!

I installed the OTA that was found a few weeks ago, and the build number is different. Can you confirm the one you listed is correct?

I have JOP40D.L700GA02, you listed JRO03U.L700GA02. Note the beginning portion.

Also, having it for about a week now, my battery life is AMAZING, anyone else?

I have seen it before on this forum, but don't remember where or what I did to set your phone to get update before it is pushed to your phone. Any help?

Try clearing out the Google services framework. Then it should say the last time you checked for a update was in 1969. I did it like 5-7 times then it updated. So far it's running smoothly.

I guess we'll see if this update causes my phone to randomly reboot like my nexus 10 does all the time. It's an issue with 4.2.

Phil, I don't believe Sprint GNex ever received an official 4.2. I believe you are thinking of this current update(4.2.1) that was found on Google's servers about 2 weeks ago. It is just now being pushed by Sprint. No 4.2 for Sprint Gnex. Jumped directly from 4.1.1. To 4.2.1.

Its now 2/18/2013 and I still have not received the 4.2 push. Are they still rolling it out or have I somehow missed the boat?