Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Hey, look at that. The long-awaited Android 4.0.4 update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus now has an official support page at Big Red's site. That's just one more step closer to an actual OTA update, and it can't come soon enough. Here's the full changelog for IMM76K:

Email, Messaging & Data

  • Email messages will display properly when the text size is set to large.
  • When sending a multimedia message to an Outlook email address, the file extension
  • will send, allowing the recipient to successfully open an image.
  • Successfully deleted emails on the device will be deleted from the desktop as well.
  • Successfully send text messages without experiencing network connectivity issues.

Applications

  • When viewing a Calendar reminder or appointment, you will now be able to view the full notes associated with the appointment.
  • A down arrow has been added in the Calendar application that will expand the calendar message body, allowing you to view the entire message.

Device Features

  • Successfully turn on Wi-Fi using the Power Control widget.
  • Updates have been made to prevent the display from freezing or becoming unresponsive.
  • Complete calls without experiencing choppy audio, clicking noises and one-way audio noises.
  • Successfully access Voicemail and other automated systems without error.

Now all we need is, ya know, the update to actually push. Keep your eyes peeled, folks.

Source: Verizon (PDF); more: Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums
thanks to everyone who sent this in!

 
There are 46 comments

wonkman says:

As a Nexus, this phone has been a fail. The only two advantages is had a launch was ICS an minimal vs excessive bloatware.

As a run of the mill phone, it has been a decent phone. Very good if the radios were better.

The GSM version sold on Google Play is very compelling give the excellent price. Too bad it won't work on Verizon's superior network.

Murph5150 says:

You tout it as an epic fail yet list only its advantages. I'm not sure you have your facts straight.

wonkman says:

I never said "epic fail". You did. In fact, if you read a bit more carefully, I said it was a decent phone and would be a very good phone if the radio had worked better out of the box.

The things keeping it from being an excellent phone are the widely reported bugs (which may well be squashed including the radio issue with the oh-so-slow update), subjective complaints about cheap case materials, lack of SD (which many people still want despite Google's attempt to kill it), lack of accessories, and mediocre battery life.

I said it was a fail when compared to previous Nexus. Even Google doesn't consider it a pure developer phone due to CDMA contraints. There should be NO carrier software and the painfully slow updates are coming from Verizon. That is likely the biggest flaw in the Nexus.

I think my facts are fine.

sdot770 says:

All true, but the GNex does have an SD card, with 32gb installed. At least the VZW version does.

dtreo says:

Oh really..??

Adnoxaei says:

You are mistaken. It comes with 32GB internal memory and No SD card expansion slot. The slot in the back is for the LTE microSIM card, no Micro SDHC. It's weird seeing a SIM card in my phone when swapping batteries, but all Verizon LTE devices have one. I wish my GNex had SD Card expansion :(

Here is the Verizon page if you want to check out the specs and see that SD card expansion is not on there.
http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?&item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selectedPhoneId=5801

graymulligan says:

I don't get the "I want sd card expansion" thing. With google music, docs, and other cloud services, what are you really carrying on your phone that you'll need more than 30gb's for?

pseudoelf says:

I don't understand the radio complaints I thought that had been resolved in the actual signal strength vs. bar icon thing. That the bar icon was not bar for bar the same as other phones but that the actual dBm was similar. My radio has been excellent and my call quality good too. As good as or better than my D1. I just need them to fix the reboot issue.

wonkman says:

For Gawd sake, it's not a "bar" issue. The bars mean almost nothing on any phone because there is no "bar" standard.

It has to do with dropped calls and poor reception. The GNex is notorious for dropping calls and I'm talking about NYC not Sioux Falls. I owned one for the 2 week period and it was like being on AT&T with an iFone being held "wrong".

The issue doesn't seem to affect everyone.

As far as I can tell from some forums, the radio issue has been improved or resolved for those having problems by non-Verizon ROMS. The official update may fix or improve the situation.

biggbrother2 says:

Funny, I have not experienced a single drop call with my Galaxy Nexus in 4 months of usage. That is not an exaggeration. My fiance, who I speak to on the phone ALOT, and who also owns a Galaxy Nexus has also not experienced dropped calls (I asked - she is on her second one after losing the first), and I have never been on the phone with her and the call has dropped.

I have had other minor issues with the phone, but call quality, signal strength, data connectivity and speeds have not been an issue. I think it might have more to do with the area of the network where you frequent, or the interaction between the Gnex and that portion of the network.

dacp283 says:

Since I manually updated my reception has been exactly as my DX was. Even before the new radios it wasn't much different.

bplewis24 says:

Does this mean the Verizon Login Client will be updated sometime this year to support our got damn phone that requires it in order to use NFL Mobile & My Verizon?

msnight04 says:

I've been using My Verizon and NFL Mobile for quite some time on my stock, non-rooted GNex. I don't know what problems you're having, but it sounds like it might just be your phone.

samba says:

what about fixing the battery hogging 3g/4g transfer?

RiverDog says:

What about all the @&+$?#% reboots? If this OTA doesn't fix the reboot problem I will flip my lid!

XavierMatt says:

EXACTLY!!! ARE THEY ON CRACK??? Fix the reboots and fix the keyboard in landscape! PLEASEEEEE

noszero says:

I flashed the update from the Google server and the phone seems smoother and faster. No reboots yet. I wonder if the OTA Verizon one is going to be a different build.

Nope. Update is by Google, approved and OTA'd by Verizon.

I don't see a fix for RANDOM REBOOTS!

dacp283 says:

Maybe I got lucky but my phone has yet to reboot. What are y'all doing to get all these bad things to happen :) I use my phone constantly and definitely work it.

JEvoUser says:

I ran stock out of the box and no mods what so ever locked and unrooted for about 2 months tell I got tired of waiting for the 4.0.4 update and I never had any random reboot problems. Just a whole lot of turning my screen on and not having any service :-(. Maybe it's something to do with the hardware. Hope this update helps you as well as me.

dj hidroid says:

All I have to say is aww yeah!!! Finally big red makes an announcement. Bring on the ota asap. lol

XavierMatt says:

This is what needs to happen.

-Fix the re-boot issues.
-Fix 4G data drops
-Fix the stock ICS keyboard lag in landscape mode
-Improve multitasking
-Make ICS a little faster

Those five things are a must. Keep all that other Bull@!#%

kinster02 says:

They need to fix the whole darn crappy Nexus phone.

msnight04 says:

I don't know about the 4G data drops but Google fixed your other 4 requests in the 4.0.3 and 4.0.4 updates.

DaroneBowers says:

So....this site had me ready to cop this thing and it seems like it truly sucks! If the update allows it to do all of those things, that means this phone has been hell up until then? That sucks!!! This site has repeatedly stated that this is the best Android phone over and over, and all of this is wrong with it? Makes me think 5 times before I follow advice of you guys again!

XavierMatt says:

Its an awesome phone but its also the worse phone. Hate/Love kinda thing going on with it. Thats how its going to be with any new OS . . . well unless your Apple.

bassdelux15 says:

All those issues stated doesn't happen to everyone. From my experiences, I haven't experienced any of those issues stated in the article. All phones are different, even if they're the same models.

Small_law says:

The software makes this phone. The original Droid is still my favorite of all time. If it went on sale today with beefed up internals, AOSP ICS, and kept everything else the same, even the so-so keyboard, I'd buy it tomorrow.

Shows how long VZW approval process takes. Except for initial phone quality of course.

*sigh* No sooner than I finally decide to unlock my phone and install the leaked update, but they push out the official one. Guess I could go back to my Nandroid and await the new update (and lose my subsequent changes) -- but will I receive the OTA if I'm unlocked?

abdon_junbug says:

Same here. I just flashed 4.0.4 on Saturday. I will eventually flash CM9 or Redemption ROM so I'm not worried about it. VZW just dragged their feet for too long. Running a stock OS isn't worth it because of them.

inyrules says:

I was ready to root and flash a ROM this past Sunday, but decided to hold off until I used my complimentary $10 on Google Wallet less something go terribly wrong with it, even after resetting the app. All I really care about in this update are the radios. I know the devs will come through when it comes to the latest Android version, I just need the data drops to stop.

dacp283 says:

If you already have it no sense in taking the ota unless a a different build. And yes you will lose root.

machboy351 says:

"Complete calls without experiencing choppy audio, clicking noises and one-way audio noises."

Amen and haleluya!!!! I have been waiting for this fix since I've had my phone. FINALLY

delldude405 says:

This form is full of bitch3s

Chocu1a says:

Been on 4.0.4 for a few months(actually since I got my phone back in late March-4.0.4 leak). Never had a single reboot. Been running Redemption Rom for last 2 months.Official 4.0.4 radios are great for me. Almost always a 4G connection. Never had a better phone. You guys really should just unlock/root/rom your phones & never look back. Really, not a single reason for all this.

cguella says:

Galaxy Nexus AOKP M5 ROM on 4.0.4 with updated radios has been mostly terrific. My primary issue with this phone now is the fact that it is not really a phone as the one-way-mic-mute-while-in-call issue comes up on almost any call lasting more than 5-10 minutes. Rooted Rezound was a much better choice as the screen and phone were simply better. And Verizon has nothing new right now (Razr Maxx is nice my wife has it but I don't want it) and we sit and wait for the next HTC or Samsung release to limp to Verizon with CDMA - out of date upon arrival.

bast525 says:

What Verizon needs to do is release a software update that turns the Gnex into a Rezound. ZERO issues with signal, keyboard, or reboots.

Agreed, the only advantage the Gnex HAD was ICS and little bloatware. Root the Rez, and those advantages go poof.

returned my gnex for the rez and very glad I did.

biggbrother2 says:

The Rezound is loaded with HTC Sense which people who are interested in the Nexus do not want. Besides, what makes the Rezound so special? It represents phones that HTC made in the past, which itself said were boring.

xFORTRESSx says:

Two days ago I flashed the update myself. I was sick and tired of waiting for the OTA. Thanks to Verizon for the inspiration and this community for the know how to do so.

nahson88 says:

ok. what the funk? i dont see a fix for the random daily reboots, i dont see a fix for the speaker, i dont see a fix for not being able to send mms, i dont see a fix for battery life, i dont see a fix for camera bug where it wont open unless you restart the phone, i dont see add on to incorporate facebook/google plus pics with contacts, i pretty much dont see anything that was promised to be fixed by now. i see alot of random bullcrap that no one needed or was never noted as a problem. if this does go though this will be the worst update ever waited for since it took half a year to get this crappy list of fix-nothings. cmon man. i hate verizon.

Bluelens says:

Of course the day after I go ahead and unlock and root the phone they make a move. I guess I should have done this earlier this month and save everyone the hassle of waiting. Sorry folks.

Nev says:

Let's all set our phones on fire!

jephanie says:

Has it crossed anyone's mind that the reason the Verizon "change log" doesn't list fixes for the reboots and radio drops because it could be perceived by the unknowing potential customers that those issues would make the device appear inoperable on a day-to-day basis?

Perhaps the reason they fail to mention those truly critical fixes is so they can sell the device to the casual users without having to explain "well, you may not really ever get 4G in most areas" or "your phone will reboot at random times, causing you extraordinary inconvenience."

I don't know for sure but I am willing to be their published change log is a very abridged version for their own PR's sake.

netkil says:

Nothing in Atlanta yet... Anyone else?