Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Now that you've got your Galaxy Nexus, it's time to tinker. And tinker we shall. We've already showed you how to unlock the bootloader, which you really should do first thing if you have any thoughts at all about one day rooting the phone or using a custom ROM. So if you haven't done that already, go do it. We'll wait.

Back? OK. Now this being a Nexus phone, it's way more "open" than anything else you might have owned (other than another Nexus phone, of course). And to that end, Google has just released the factory images for the Verizon Nexus. (Google previously released the GSM images.) That means pretty much no matter what you've done to the phone, so long as you can get to the bootloader (which has that bad-ass image you see above) you can return your phone to full stock. Nice. And we would love to see every manufacturer do this. (We know, we can dream.)

Anyhoo, hit the download link below for the factory image for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.  And once things get settled in, you'll always be able to find the latest stock factory image for the Galaxy Nexus at Google's Nexus support page here.

Download: Android Building group


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Google releases stock images for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus


Enjoy Google's promptness now with your fancy new Galaxy Nexus, cause in a year you will be forgotten about almost entirely and in two you will have never existed. The Nexus S (1 year old tomorrow) still has no update to ICS or even a release window, and the original Nexus (2 years old) gets no update at all. It's all peaches and cream to get a new Nexus device and think you are buying into getting updates first. But alas this is not true. There are 4 devices (Huawei Honor, and 3 Sony Ericsson devices) that have an alpha or preview of ICS before the Nexus S. Pretty much once you have handed over your money, Google is done with you.

1. Nexus One - root, install ICS. DONE. Quit bitching.
2. Nexus S - VZW probably twist Googles arm to not release until Galaxy Nexus is out. DONE. Quit bitching and understand how business works.
3. All those ICS releases are alpha quality builds for those handsets ... they don't count.

Whining gets you no where. And two years for a handset is the length of a contract .. enough support .. afterwards see #1.

1. Relying on the community to do what Google should be doing (supporting their own phones) is not a good answer.
2. VZW should have nothing to do with when my Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile phone gets an update. After all these are Nexus phones, they are supposed to be supported above what the carriers are doing. Isn't that the point of a Nexus device?
3. I did say Alpha or preview build in my statement, but last I checked Nexus S has no public build from Google as of yet. Even an Alpha. Other OEM's should not be beating Google at any kind of ICS release, even Alpha builds.

Being a rude prick gets you no where as well. And yes two years is a length of a contact and I am still in my first year with my Nexus S 4G that is 7 months old (1Year for regular Nexus S) and I have not seen much support. My phone still has a horrible connection to any kind of radio signal be it 3G, 4G or wifi. The last 2 updates were supposed to fix this, but have not. Considering it is known that Samsung used under powered radios in the device, sadly this will never be fixed even though Google says they are/have been working on it. Not to mention the device has a constant loss of connection to Google's own servers, (see here: yet another thing Google says they are working on (7 months ago), but have done nothing about. Personally I would say when Google says they are going to support a Nexus device I would take it with a grain of salt, as their track record shows that really they sit on their ass more than anything. Really none of this is going to change until Google gets some kind of customer support for these devices, in the form of an 800 number with live human beings to talk to. It's not as if Google does not have enough money to create a service call center for their Nexus line of phones.

Since they're stock images for restoring your phone back to the out-of-box state, they more than likely include the Verizon apps.

I had a hell of a time trying to get Windows XP to speak with my Nexus S when I had the ICS rom on it due to the MTP file system. Windows 7 had no problem with it. I think having Media Player 10 installed was a work around for XP.