Verizon Galaxy Nexus

OK, boys and girls. It's here, live, pushing, ready, whatever. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is in the midst of being upgraded to Android 4.0.4. You can now dive into your settings menu and pull down check for the update yourself. (Or update manually if you can't wait.) Better than Cornflakes, in our opinion. As a reminder, here's what's new in software version 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.

If you're needing a little help or just wanna talk about what you're seeing in the update, be sure to swing by our Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums. They'll help cure what ails ya.

 

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus' Android 4.0.4 update is now pushing

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Still not showing up for me. I'm sure (hope) I'll get it later. Long overdue, but I won't beat that dead horse here.

This late shit, it's beyond over due. -- I guess I won't need that keyboard fix now that I have swift key 3 beta. But they still need to fix 4G data drops as I pay for unlimited and I want every bit of it. VZW really knows how to piss its costumers off. Now to Spam the update now button.

We've had a perfectly functional ICS RUU for months now. We're actually on the THIRD version, runs perfectly on my phone. This is in addition to one official OTA that pushed out not long after the phone launched late last year. Seems to me, if you count official and "leaked" ROMs (not custom ROMs), the Rez has gotten more updates than the Gnex has. My signal is excellent, my phone never reboot, I can use my keyboard in landscape mode, etc etc. I ditched my gnex after a week and got the Rez and couldn't be happier.

Nothing showing on my device yet, I'm hoping for something today. As of this morning, every time I receive an email through my exchange server my phone restarts. With 75-150 emails per day, I had to remove the account to keep my phone from being in a perpetual state of restarting.

Never had that issue. Considering removing my exchange account for other reasons (like my employer won't pay for part of my bill)

Very misleading article. This update is trickling out at a snails pace, and it's not just sitting there ready to pull. You have to wait until it's pushed to you, and your area doesn't matter........it's based on serial number of the phone.

Yea, the post is not right Per TheVerge.com . . . WTH AC. It's not released to all devices yet, so pushing that update button will do nothing. You guys need to get everything straight before posting.

LMAO. Down, boys and girls! Down! You know what I meant. But if not, I'm changed two words. Hope that cleared things up.

I also forgot to bold a line. Dunno how you all missed that.

Assuming this is the same as the leak a few weeks back? Someone have a screenshot of the ABOUT screen to confirm all version numbers match the leaked IMM76K?

It's the same leak that was placed on Google servers in early May, pulled, and then put back about a week ago.

This roll-out is insanely slow. You'd figure with "America's most reliable network," they could push it out to a few more phones at a time. Oh well, at least it's finally here.

Is this update suppose to fix THE dropping of LTE? My brother looses his LTE at least 10 times a day. I have the Rezound, we work along side each other and I never loose my signal. We are in an area that is all LTE, I never see 3g signal on the Rezound unless I drive at least several hundred miles. I hope this fixes the issue.

Is this update suppose to fix THE dropping of LTE? My brother looses his LTE at least 10 times a day. I have the Rezound, we work along side each other and I never loose my signal. We are in an area that is all LTE, I never see 3g signal on the Rezound unless I drive at least several hundred miles. I hope this fixes the issue.

I have been on 4.0.4 with AOKP now for a while. You will love this update as the camera is night and day better and actually awesome now with panorama fixed, great pictures. I mean a bigtime change. I can't remember the other issues I had but things seem to simply work better on 4.0.4 and I now am down to one complaint regarding one-way-mic-mute-while-in-call issue. I can't make reliable phone calls which naturally is driving me and lots of other GN people crazy. If you get this OEM OTA and had that issue please let us know if it is fixed after you update. THANKS.

I hesitate to say this, but holy crap you guys have a lot of issues with your phones. I haven't had any of the issues that folks are mentioning, and the phone has been a huge upgrade over my bionic both in terms of reliability and data "holding", I don't get the data drops I did before at all.

Need to fix this write-up. You can NOT "dive into your settings menu and pull down the update yourself." How in the world could you even post that kind of egregious error?

Relax it's coming but this was Verizon's most popular android for quite a few months so there are a lot of phones that it has to get to. These roll outs should be out to everyone by the end of the weekend. I'm waiting impatiently as well but there is no need to freak out.

Can anyone confirm that this update fixes the bug where wifi goes to sleep when the screen turns off?

The only update that is going to matter to me is going to be when I throw this piece of trash out the window and get something new. Fourth Nexus and this one loses signal more than all of the other ones I've had.

Phil,
is this your daily driver? It sounds like it, but just curious. Isn't the poor signal and wifi range an issue for a busy traveler like yourself? I wish it was better in those two areas and I would have kept it for sure.

Thx.

Really, where is that radio fix? My GNex never gets more than 2 bars of 3G, and I live on the fringe of a 4G zone.

nothing here in Cleveland, Ohio. then again, I must have a Chuck Norris Gnex. No issues on 4.0.2 to speak of...and I'm running stock ICS.

damn you phil!!!!

you posted this on purpose to get hundreds of people to sit there clicking check now every 2min

its a conspiracy!!

just like black friday. thousands and thousands of people flock the streets at 4am just to pick up an item that is $1 cheaper. think of the science behind it, all those people leaving their houses going to the stores...leaving the government with empty streets and what not.

ya i dunno where i was going with that. i lost my train of thought. anyways

you suck phil, now im (were?) going to sit here all day clicking check now.

check now.

check now.

can you check me now?
can you check me now?

can you check me now?

Awesome. The first Gnex I had would lag so bad that sometimes I'd have to give up and just use portrait. Rotation has been better with my replacement but it's still choppy. Can't wait to get the notification on my phone.

Since I never complained about this update being push out long time ago, FFFFFUUUU Verizon, I did it myself :D

I went through three galaxy nexus phones before giving up. All were on verizon, if it matters. 4.0.2 was also abysmal, but I tried to use it stock before giving in and rooting, then upgrading to 4.0.4 and the newer radios.

First phone couldn't hold a signal for more than a minute or two before dropping completely. Impossible to make phone calls. I remember having to use skype from my computer in order to call verizon customer service. When they attempted to make test calls to me on the nexus and it started dropping, they finally caved and gave me a replacement.

Second phone was able to hold signal, but the screen was terribly inconsistent. One half was green, the other was purple, regardless of brightness setting. It also suffered from the one-way mic cut out issue. Literally any phone call over 30 seconds had a 50% chance of having the mic stop working, so the person on the other end couldn't hear me. Didn't matter if I used speakerphone, bluetooth headset, etc. There is actually a huge issue thread on google code about this: http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=24019

Third phone resolved the screen problem, for the most part, besides the fact that the color hue changed hugely as you went from low brightness to mid brightness. It was purple at low brightness, and then became somewhat normal around 50%. Above 50% it turned blue. It also suffered from the mic cut out problem.

All three phones had absolutely terrible in-call quality, despite full strength signal in my house. Additionally, the speakerphone is a joke. While you can play music, call quality coming through the speakerphone constantly popped, cracked, and sound muddled. Also, all three would get super hot to the touch on calls, even when the screen was turned off. I considered it actually uncomfortable to have touching your face on long calls.

All of these issues persisted from stock 4.0.2 through all the custom 4.0.4 roms like eclipse, aokp, gummy, slim, and paranoid.

I guess I felt that this being the "google" phone and all the positive reviews out there (like anandtech saying it was the best android device available when released) made me think I was just unlucky, but when I search forums and see long issue threads on google code, it really seems that these phones have the worst quality control, terrible build quality in general, and samsung doesn't seem to care.

I'm not doubting you had had some issues, but it sounds to me like you are quite picky and probably notice things that are not noticed by 99% of users. I think it's best that you try another manufacturer because I don't think Samsung is up to your standards.

I believe I have the right to be picky when I pay for the service and the device, and I can't even maintain calls reliably, or understand the person on the other end of the line. It's a phone first and foremost, is it not? If half my calls result in me having to hang up and call someone back because the mic cuts out, I can't say that I should just "live with it." The same goes with the poor call quality.

I also can't imagine anyone putting up with the mic problems, regardless of how picky (or not picky) they are. It's a serious flaw.

I came from using an Evo 4G for nearly two years, which doesn't suffer from poor call quality, mic cut outs, and has a far better display. Granted, sprint has it's own issues, but the phone itself was fine. The whole galaxy nexus fiasco had me rethinking if I made the right choice.

In the end I have gone back to an HTC phone, and I'm quite happy. As you say, Samsung is definitely not up to my standards.

I don't think you are being picky. I don't see how anyone can honestly say that you are being picky over not being able to even hold a phone conversation on your PHONE. Hello it's a phone first everything else second and if you cannot even do that, then it is a failure!

I am on the fence of switching to this phone, this late in the game I may as well wait for the summer phones or maybe even the winter phones. My phone is not dying, it's just an iPhone and while it does its job, I find it BORING. Yes it's a thing of beauty but it's also BORING.

Yea man, wanting a phone that you paid for to have basic functionality is so picky.

I'm on my fourth Nexus and this one drops calls more often than any of my other phones. It will regularly drop signal two to three times in a five minute period. If I need to pull my phone out to do something I usually anticipate at least a 30 second wait before I can use the phone so it can find and hold a signal.

My household has had 3 Galaxy Nexus' over the past 4 months and none have had problems with signal or data. I go into settings>Cell Standby> and find my phone has spent the past 4:22 minutes with 0% signal loss.

So either I am the luckiest person on Earth to have 3 units that have no signal issues, or you are the unluckiest to get 3 units that have signal issues.

Honestly, I think the issue is a combination of the Nexus having a slightly weker radio than other devices, and signal coverage and patterns that are specific to individuals' residential areas.

I'm not saying my phone has been perfect (i.e. occasional reboot, no response on touchscreen, some messaging bugs) but all my other phones including the HTC Sensation, HTC Nexus One, and HTC G1 have had bugs. So everything I have seen so far is on par with what I have experienced in the past.

The thread posted in the article (manually updating) as well as the threads and guides in our development subforum will help you get where you're going and then some.

In the few years I have had using Android, I have never known the "check for updates" link in the system system settings to do anything whatsoever. The update just appears in the notification bar when it is ready to be applied.

So unless you are lucky enough to press the update link at the precise moment the update was pushed to your phone, it's pointless. I don't even know why it's still in the settings.

Sheesh. Iv'e had my Gnex from day one and never had any of these issues you guys are talking about. My only issue was the camera sucks and 4G-3G transfer was slow. I updated the leak two weeks ago and the 4G to 3G is a lot smoother and quick. So it did fix that. Other than that I never had these dropped data issues, reboots and all the other things you guys are having panic attacks about. Also maybe you guys are new Verizon customers or something but when they push and update all phones across the U.S. don't just magically get the update at the same time. It trickles out to phones, maybe a few 200,000 at a time. So relax guys.

The reboot issue is a major issue. It's got the attention of many bloggers so we are not having panic attacks. Things are critical, this coming from a person who has not had the problem in months.

Maybe its a faulty app causing your reboots. I've had my Gnex since day one and never had these problems. I don't get it is all I'm saying. Whats so different about my phone.

Nothing yet in NYC, I understand that its going out in small batches. I hope we get the update today. But this is crazy that it take this long. I read a few people post they received the update late last night.

The screenshot in this article is a fake. If you look at the download and verified size it says 10.7 MB. That's the 4.0.2 update! Agreed that the update is being pushed out, but a doctored screenshot? why?

I really wish they did just let us pull it down as a option.. really it's the people like us that will give feedback first that would even do this vs average users that don't even know a update exists.. let them wait! lol

Nothing In NJ and normally Im one of the first to get updates pushed as im right near VZW corp HQ in Berkeley heights.

So a whole day has elapsed since Phil Nickinson posted this. I'm calling shenannigans yet again. The only thing worse than Verizon dilly dallying for 6 months with releasing a critical update to a broken phone is having people like Phil Nickinson repeatedly post false hope that the damn thing is finally rolling out when it's not. Just stop it.

I woke up this morning and looked over at my phone to see the time, which was being blocked by the friendly "update available" screen. Now that's a way to get me out of bed at 5:30am on a Saturday! Update installed with no errors on first try. Now it's time to see if they actually have things fixed! The updates to the calendar app are small, but much appreciated. The camera also seems to have improved image quality, though that could just be my foggy brain prior to coffee this morning.

I got my update at 6:30am. Hit update and went back to sleep. Was awakened to the sound of emails coming in. They were automatic replies on my corporate account. I looked in my sent folder to find emails I sent over the last two weeks from my phone just got sent out. That explains a lot of confusion this week.

Got my update today! Does not fix the problem where i make a call or get a call and can't hear anything. Such a POS. So upset about this phone. Have to hit speaker on and off or just hang up becuase it's useless without a headset!

Go to settings>Apps>All
Tap Google Services Framework
Tap on Clear Data and then Force Stop
Go to About Settings>About Phone>Check for Updates

This worked for me.