Feb 06 AT 8:50 AM Nick Gray 66 Comments

Android 4.0.4 update for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus now unofficially available


Enjoy living on the edge? If so, you’ll probably be excited to hear that the Android 4.0.4 update for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus  is unofficially available for consumption. We’re not exactly sure when Verizon will be pushing out this latest Android update to the phone, but if you simply can’t wait you can always take matters into your own hands. To flash the Android 4.0.4 update to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus you don’t need root access but you will need an unlocked bootloader. For more details, check out the source link below.

So what’s included in the Android 4.0.4 update? Not much really. The unofficial changelog below mostly includes bug fixes and performance improvements. While we all like new features in our android updates, I guess we can’t complain as long as Google is working to make Android smoother by squashing a few bugs.

Check out the the unofficial Android 4.0.4 changelog below. If you’re one of the brave souls who likes to flash leaked builds, let us know how the update works on your Galaxy Nexus and if you notice any other features or improvements.

 Unofficial Android 4.0.4 changelog

  • Performance improvements
  • Battery stats bug fixed
  • Long-pressing on a blank spot on the last page of app tray bug is gone
  • 3G/4G radio switch improvements
  • Signal strength improvements
  • New PRIMELA03 Bootloader
  • Boot up time reduced
  • Auto-brightness smooth transition change
  • Camera refocus by long-pressing shutter button
  • Multitouch issue resolved
  • Autorotate speed increased
  • Browser performance improvements
  • Recent apps list opens faster
  • Minor camera UI changes
  • Increased volume
  • Keyboard bug fixes
  • Updated News & Weather app UI
  • Quick controls changed in browser.

Source: XDA-Developers

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    is it just me or is the Verizon nexus getting more love than the GSM version? we are still on 4.0.2 and they are now pushing towards a 4.0.4 update.

    seems a bit stupid to have 2 different version numbers of their brand new OS

    or is that just me who thinks its stupid?

    • Jorge Vieira

      Ahh i think its just because of the fack that its cdma prob more problems then on the GSM verzion.

    • JAQ

      The Verizon Nexus is also still on 4.0.2. There is no 4.0.3 for the Verizon Nexus… and from this leak its a bit obvious they’ll be jumping to 4.0.4

    • guardianali

      There isnt two different versions..if you look..both gsm and cdma versions are equal..4.0.2. As the article states..this is an UNOFFICIAL version.
      I have no doubt that the gsm and cdma version OFFICIAL updates will be very close to each other..specially since most of the changes are OS generic fixes and not much to do with the very few radio differences of gsm vs cdma.


    im thinking some of that changelog is CDMA specific Gnex issues. But I agree with your Keridel

    • LukeT32

      I only see 2 or 3 of the bug fixes related to the radio… how does the radio affect the camera, keyboard and multi touch, just to name a few.

  • Jorge Vieira

    Am actually excited about this update i actually wanted about half of these tweaks but i think ill wait for the official. Best phone i have used so far!

    • delinear

      Ditto, it’s a bit too soon for me to want to risk voiding my warranty (tiny as that risk is) just yet. Hopefully this will get rolled out universally reasonably soon (I don’t mind being a couple of weeks behind the US, you guys get to find any bugs or issues then :) but hopefully not months behind…)

  • amgala

    Can’t wait for these updates to get incorporated into custom ROMs!

  • bellken

    sounds like ICS bugs are getting fixed, and, it will soon be ready for unleashing on the general public

  • DragonPhyre

    The ‘signal improvements’ is just them changing what the bars equal per dBM. It is a meaningless and otherwise worthless change, and should NOT be considered an improvement… If anything, it will be a detriment because people will see the extra bars and think they are in a good area when in fact they are not. False advertising, if you ask me.

    I have had ZERO issues with signal, and I live in the crappiest area for signal you can imagine. Zero LTE, and maybe 1 bar on any VZW phone and I have never dropped a single call on my Gnex where before it would drop constantly unless I was by the front window. However, my fiancé (who I also got the phone for) constantly complained about the lack of bars… I went so far as to disable the stupid bars on her phone–and lo and behold, the complaints went away.

    • Shadowlore

      While I mostly agree, Dragon, the fact remains that many people are reporting 15-30% signal strength with this version.

      Suggest giving it a shot if ya don’t believe what people are reporting. (I’ve noticed a 22% signal strength increase at home, and here at work isn’t fair to test it in any way, as I can look out my window and I’m in the shadow of the VZW tower ;)

      • DragonPhyre

        Are they actually reporting the DBM or are they reporting bars? Two wildly different things. Bars can mean anything–which was my point with this update they just changed what the bars mean. Even if there are changes on the radio that do improve quality, nobody looks at the DBM they just look at the bars which are arbitrary.

    • dcdttu

      Glad you haven’t had issues. For me, personally, the Verizon Nexus was a nightmare in 3G (responsible for calls, texting). I always had 10-20dBm less signal than any other Verizon phone I looked at. I have 5 other friends with this phone (we’re all nerds) and they have the exact same problem. Friends with the Verizon iPhone or another Android phone would have perfectly good 3G signals in areas that I had none.

      Try it yourself: go to 3G mode, and compare dBm in Settings to another Verizon phone in 3G. The Nexus is WAY lower.

    • guest00001

      Ur retarded and dont know what your talking about….just saying

  • http://whysoangrybirds.com mikeyDroid

    Hopefully this is the needed ‘polish’. I’m most excited about the 3g/4g switch fix and the keyboard bugs (I’m hoping that removes the lag from landscape mode)

    • thekaz

      yeah, I’ve seen issues when I lose 4G and it never really makes the switch correctly to 3G. I’ve had to manually put it into 3G to get the signal a few times…

  • http://attackofthetech.com Wayne

    Thanks for linking to my thread :-)

    Regarding what someone said about the signal just being cosmetic, I have noticed increased signal strength and 4G in places where I didn’t receive it before. So the new radio are doing more than making you think out have a better signal. Plus the 3G/4G switching is much improved.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Thank you for doing the leg work and tracking down all the changes in the new update.

  • Abideen Mohamed

    I’m soo eager to flash this new rom. But I haven’t rooted my GN. Don’t have any reason too, by far the smoothest phone I’ve used to date. And the only real issues I have are with the auto rotation lag and the terribly long time it takes for the switch from 4G to 3G. So torn if I should wait for the official update or root this beauty.

    • Jorge Vieira

      Yeah even with animations turned of rotating takes longer than id like.

      • delinear

        Yep, it can take an age to rotate, and a lot of the time I’ve just about decided it didn’t work for some reason and started rotating it back when the screen finally flips. I’d love this to be a configurable option in settings so I can play around with it until I find a delay that fits my needs.

  • Alan Reboli

    I wonder if this build will take you to a page saying it cannot be found. I bet it does :)

  • Richard Yarrell

    Bottom line people will have their own perception personally based on what I have seen on XDA, as well as the following sites droid-life, androidcentral, androidpolice, androidcommunity, 9to5google, theverge, phonedog, and smartphoneenvy many many people are applauding the vast difference this update has made to their individual devices. Clearly a benefit has taken place to many people with this device and the fact that the update is ”UNOFFICAL” in my mind makes it even better. The purpose of having the galaxy nexus is for the exact reason of these obtions flashing, custom roms, and just having the overall ability to change your device as many times as you seem fit. The community for the galaxy nexus is clearly the best and being able to preform these obtion on your device is not for the faint of heart. I have been personally studying these obtions and will be taking some kind of action on my device in the coming weeks because I want these improvements just like everyone else. Many people don’t want to root or unlock their devices I understand that I use to be one of them who stood on that side of the fence….NOT ANYMORE because the purpose of having the Galaxy Nexus is exactly for these purposes and the obtion of the many existing custom roms that are out their seems to be very enviting. I happy my first stock device is the Galaxy Nexus because the future is definately bright in this community….

    • squiddy20

      Hahaha! What a joke!
      1. It’s spelled “option”, not “obtion”; “perform”, not “preform”; “inviting”, not “enviting”; and “definitely”, not “definately”. If my “useless” Samsung Moment catches these pitiful mistakes as I’m typing them, shouldn’t your “bitch slapping” Galaxy Nexus have done the same if its soooo advanced? If you were soooo intelligent, shouldn’t YOU have caught those glaring errors? This really only shows how little of an education you have and how little you understand about the “real world”. By the way, don’t expect to be moving up in relation to your job. No one will want to hire a dope who can barely spell.
      2. “I have been personally studying these obtions and will be taking some kind of action on my device in the coming weeks” And you stated pretty much the exact same thing when you had your Evo 3D. Not quite word for word, but pretty damn close, and yet you never did root it. If I recall, even several weeks after you made this “announcement”, you STILL insulted me about “needing” to root my “useless” Moment just to get it to work. Now, why would one insult another about rooting their phone, when they plan on doing it themselves? Seems pretty hypocritical to me. Not to mention you’re too dirt poor to own a real computer with which to root your phone, since you’re always bragging about how you make x comment “from my bitch slapping galaxy nexus” and never from a desktop or laptop computer.

      • Richard Yarrell

        You remind me of a bad smell on a crowded train. Pretty sure your income is WAY BELOW welfare why cause your not working. Give your MOM a break and move out of her basement… Your the such a joke it’s pretty comical… Mr i haven’t brought a device new in over 2years your Samsung Moment is EOL long time ago…Do you need a loan??? Hit me up LOSER cause i have plenty of availble cash i have spent more money on devices in 2years than you have spent on anything else that’s for sure..

        • squiddy20

          Wow. Your illogical BS astounds me.
          1. You know nothing about my economic status, nor whether or not I am working (and I am in fact, currently employed, thank you very much). You only serve to make yourself look like more of a fool with unfounded insults such as these.
          2. You cannot, by any means, prove that just because I have a “useless” 2 year old Samsung Moment, that I am as dirt poor as you were 5 years ago. It’s called being “thrifty” or “frugal”. Look it up and educate yourself for once. Truth is, even if I had a million dollars, I would still have chosen the Samsung Moment over anything else that was available on Sprint at the time of my purchase. And even if I had a million dollars now, I still wouldn’t use it to end my contract and get what you call a “better” phone. It’s a waste of money for something so trivial as a fucking cell phone. Most people put their standard of living, education, food, comfort, etc WELL above “cell phone”. The fact that you view your smartphone as the most important object in the world only shows how low your priorities and values are.
          3. The fact that you continually insult me about how I supposedly “live in [my] mother’s dark basement” when you have absolutely no proof of this most likely means that you are only projecting your pitiful problems onto me. After all, we usually draw from our own life experiences when writing about something. So Dick, is your mother tired of you too?
          4. Also, the fact that you come up with these extremely childish and immature insults (such as your “bad smell” insult) instead of trying to prove my statements wrong really shows how “developed” you are. If you honestly tried to refute my claims, I would seriously have more respect of you. But no. You act like a little 5 year old having a temper tantrum because you aren’t getting your way. Time to grow the fuck up little Dick (yes, pun intended).

        • Nicholas Berlusconi

          You hypocrtitical little shitskin. You’re not rich, you think smartphones are “rolling big”. It says “Samsung”, not “Patek Philippe” why don’t you pull your head out of your ass before Ed Morgan and I have a little talk about you and your future employment at the BM. Think I’m kidding? Think I can’t pull string you didn’t know existed? Now, instead of trying to come back with something ignorant, why don’t you think long and hard about your future, and your past.
          It was a few short years ago, Richard. You can go back to that if you’d like.

      • counsel dew

        I do appreciate correct grammar when I read articles, but I don’t think there is a need, well, to be angry or to act superior when your reply has errors too. Just saying… ;) This is a comment area… Can’t we just get along?

      • Robert A Gray III

        I don’t get it. Why so much hostility here?! I’m of low economic status due to unusual circumstances. Why is grammar such an issue to people?? I feel that the whole purpose of a smartphone is not just to communicate with others, but to bond and build. No, I’m not quoting or rewording anyone’s concept (not that it is a worthy concept). I’m merely expressing my own exprerience regarding smartphones. and this is my first smartphone. Yes, you may point out my grammatical error that I made at the beginning of that last sentence. I don’t fucking care. Just chill and bond with humanity.

  • QuantumTrain

    I got 4.0.3 on my Epic 4G with Sprint. Lol!

  • donger

    yes this is a much needed update, with low volume and slow autorotate speed hopefully fixed.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Yes it was FIXED in this update both autorotate and volume

      • squiddy20

        Wow, way to parrot exactly what’s bulleted in the article… -.-

        • itguy426

          My big question is did Dick get this update installed on his phone? If not I hope he doesn’t make to many assumptions or tell someone how it works and what it fixes without loading it. I will be loading it today when I am done with work. I will be able to tell how things worked out from it.

          • squiddy20

            Oh, he hasn’t. He posted yet another standalone comment on here (a little further down if sorting comments by date) basically saying that if Verizon doesn’t put out the update by “February 19th”, he will (supposedly) “do it himself”. Apparently he doesn’t know how to follow directions since it’s quite plainly stated what to do and how to do it. I mean, I don’t even own a Galaxy Nexus and I could walk someone through applying this update.

          • YNWA

            **Sigh** I miss hating on every post Yarrell makes. It seems like less and less I get the opportunity anymore.

          • squiddy20

            hothustla40, I’m not entirely sure if the update will wipe your data or not, but I would err on the side of caution and make a backup anyway. There are several free apps to back up things such as sms/mms messages, call log, etc. and if you are rooted, even more apps to back up apps and system files. You might even be able to do the backup from recovery.
            As for using music as a ringtone, I would suggest installing Ringdroid. It’ll take any MP3 you’ve got on your SD card, analyze it, let you select which part of the song you want to use, then create a copy of that portion only and allow you to assign it to specific people or just a general ringtone. Another method is to make a folder on the root of your SD card named Media, a folder in that called ringtones, and put your files there. Downside to this is (I think), it uses the first few seconds of the song as the ringtone, when you may want the beginning, end or somewhere in between.

          • Robert A Gray III

            Squiddy what the fuck are you doing here if you don’t even own a nexus??
            You have no idea how awesome this is.
            But at least we have your input. It’s very helpful and important and not ridiculous

  • aholland1

    Sweet! This will pretty much fix the few minor gripes I’ve had with this phone. It’s definitely grown on me as a reliable and snappy device and is a testament to Google’s awesomeness combined with a beautiful design from Samsung.

  • dcdttu

    I really hope this fixes the low dBm reception in 3G and isn’t talking about that nonexistent 4G issue everyone was up in arms about. The phone really does have an issue with 3G reception, and it needs to be fixed.

  • spazby

    Keep pushing out the improvements

  • Billy

    Yes! Best news all morning!!! Can’t wait till this gets pushed … maybe I will load myself.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Verizon has to February 19th to push this update or I will do it myself. I am learning things as I post this thread and feel confident everyday now.

    • squiddy20

      You really are a moron, you can do it right now, no root required. I know that much just from reading this article or the linked XDA thread, and as you will most likely point out, I don’t even own this phone. Why wait for Verizon to spoon feed it to you like a little baby?

  • greeny42

    Is anyone else really excited about the increased volume? I need to hear my tunes!

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Is this increased volume for headphones or the speakerphone? I don’t own the G Nexus, but I have a few friends that do. From my experience, the speaker on the device doesn’t really have great audio tines (let’s be honest, most phones don’t). Adding move volume to the phone’s speaker would simply make it sound worse.

      • Robert A Gray III

        agreed, but that’s a small issue in the broad spectrum
        btw, with headphones, I can’t tolerate the high volumes. neither with the given samsung earpieces, nor with my
        and I say this hoping that you realize I listen to rap in my car loud enough that I blew a 12″ sub speaker a few months after installation.
        I believe that the gnex will Not disappoint in volume. speaker volume, prob average, or more. get gnex.
        get gnex.
        unless you have the patience for the better ICS compatible device. I did not. 2 years from now, I’ll have something way better than this. but, you have no idea how awesome ICS is…..

  • Whap

    Did this update the muted call issue that a lot of people are having?

  • Slith

    I didn’t know there was a bitch slapping version of the GN. Was it a limited edition Verizon deal?

  • Max.Steel

    Lol @ squiddy and richard. These clowns be going at it all day.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Yes we go at it it’s pretty comical to me he has this USELESS Samsung Moment that even with root is the WORST nightmare in technology. Then his only access to the internet is this 5year laptop can’t help but laugh at this guy TOTAL CLOWN in this forum…

      • squiddy20

        “USELESS Samsung Moment that even with root is the WORST nightmare in technology”
        How would you know Dick? You’ve probably never held a Moment before because you’re too “kool” for that. You don’t know me, nor do you know what “nightmares” (if any) I’ve encountered with the phone, because well, you aren’t me. You don’t know half the stuff I do about rooting. What may seem like a “nightmare” to you is child’s play to me. Just like schooling your sorry ass.
        “Then his only access to the internet is this 5year laptop” … which would still beat your Galaxy Nexus at just about everything. What you fail to realize is that laptops and smartphones are on 2 completely different levels. For the time being, you can do more, faster, on a laptop than you can on a smartphone. This is due to a number of things: greater screen size, higher processing power (such as 4 core chips that have been around for a few years while *rumors* of cell phones getting them are just starting up), less of an importance on battery life, more RAM, a real, full sized keyboard, etc. Keep those ineffectual and quite “useless” insults coming though. I laugh at them just like a laugh at you.

  • jsweetser2

    The volume is really the only change that will benefit me. I spent a dollar on the market to get an app that gives me more control over max volume, which has been great for hearing my notifications for text and email when it’s in my pocket. Not having to use it would be great too. Auto rotate is slow, but i don’t rotate my phone much, i prefer portrait for the way i use my phone. Always good to get updates though, it’s moving forward that’s important

  • E-man

    Wow those are a lot of issues which should have been addressed prior to launch.

    • delinear

      Most of these seem to either be listed as minor fixes/enhancements or performance fixes. You will always find a way to make code faster/perform better, and minor issues aren’t really worth holding up the release IF you can make sure the updates/patches to address them are timely.

      If there were major issues in ICS I’d agree, but so far, for me at least, I’ve only had a few minor niggles (and most of them, such as low volume, have been addressed by app releases already).

  • Leo209

    So I just manually updated my galaxy nexus to 4.0.4. Everything seems to work great the only thing I noticed is the gps took a while to lock on. I don’t know if happens to be my phone only. Everything else works. If this is an issue now with this new update hopefully they fix it before they release it to everyone.

    • Leo209

      I manually updated it a while ago and I also had trouble locking on with the gps, but it seemed to be only the first time for some reason.. it locks on fast now. Once google updates the verizon Gnex with the official update, Im going back to stock. I just wanted the unofficial update as soon as it came out to fix the multitouch issue.

  • waiyan

    I want to rooting ,please help me

  • Matt

    verizon galaxy nexus went to 4.0.3 on wed….

  • sinamaille978

    Im gonna wait tell verizon comes out with their updates lol i really want all these bugs fixed but to be perfectly honest i wouldnt know how to root this dam phone even if u have the instructions in my face BOLD PRINTED… LOL so im just gonna wait patiently like a good girl lol =] cuss i dont wanna do something crazy and screw up my phone…. im starting to like this phone… hope everyone have a wonderful and safe weekend =]

  • Alan

    Tired of waiting for update. Android and Verizon take way too long. I am begining to think Apple or windows might be my choice for my next phone.

  • p_07

    I just got my Nexus about 3 weeks ago and it sucks! I have no idea whats wrong with it.
    It wont let me download apps, send picture msgs and its super slow!!! Will this update help?

    • Leo209

      if you are having problems like that, it may be an issue with just your specific phone or something with the network. I havent had any of those type of problems with mine and I have had the Gnex since launch day. id get it exchanged for a new one.

  • Mr. kendo

    Android 4.0.4 Changelog and download link. Work In Progress. Will update as I discover more. Improved quick controls in browser. New when coming from 4.0.2. Present in 4.0.3.

    Download Android 4.0.4 Changelog at http://www.droidapps.info/android-4-0-4-changelog