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.

Get help in our Sprint Galaxy Nexus forumsMore at Sprint

There are 32 comments

bsharitt says:

It took this long for the OTA to start up? I've had it on my Galaxy Nexus for a couple of weeks.

Dsrtstorm says:

In before all the, "Why can't Verizon update my phone faster!?" posts...

ecuaman801 says:

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!

crazycheetah says:

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).

ryan5609 says:

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.

cmdr430 says:


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

Sprint still sells this phone...

gsmalleus says:

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.

ctk4949 says:

Good job verizon!!

Nice to see sprint pushing out updates to the Nexus

TomRubin says:

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

xdalaw says:

[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.)

TomRubin says:

Thanks for the reply! I figured that was the case, but wanted to be sure.

cedpme says:

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.

ggalmin says:

i have a sprint galaxy nexus and im still 4.1.1, the OTA check says i am upto date.

Mobius360 says:

Same here 4.1.1

shaggie04 says:


DWR_31 says:

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...

VDub2174 says:

Premature peeing happens to the best of us when it comes to our phones.....lol

Drucero says:

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.

TLB69 says:

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

todd.deland says:

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?

mondaypickle says:

JRO03U is 4.1, the post is wrong. JOP40D is the correct build number.

mpete says:

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?

Did I miss something?? When did the sprint nexus go to 4.2? I'm still on 4.1. And it says I'm up to date.

regression says:

They don't push out updates to all phones at the same time. Usually the roll out is over a few weeks.

maverick7526 says:

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.

zero262 says:

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.

randyw says:

yes they stagger the updates so there servers do not get overwhelmed.

gunderson says:

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.

Just updated to 4.2.1 OTA like 3 hours ago Good Luck people :)

Kamal Yadav says:

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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?