Dec 15 AT 3:03 PM Dustin Earley 45 Comments

Verizon Galaxy Nexus updated to 4.0.2; factory image released


Today’s a great day for Galaxy Nexus users on Verizon. Not only do you finally have the phone of your dreams in your hands, there’s good chance you’ve already seen an update that makes it even better.

Android 4.0.2 is rolling out for the the Verizon Galaxy Nexus in order to tackle some data issues, among other things. Weighing in at 10.6MB, software build ICL53F includes the following changes:

Device features

  • Optimized Mobile Hotspot when used with VPN
  • Optimized 3G/4G data sessions for faster response times
  • Fixed an incorrect notification that “data was disconnected due to roaming”
  • WiFi now automatically reconnects when returning to a known Access Point
  • Improvements to special visual effects feature when using front-facing camcorder
  • Visual improvements to the lock screen

Email and Messaging

  • Fixed an issue where some email attachments would not open correctly

Apps and Widgets

  • DivX support has been removed and will be supported in a future upgrade
  • Improved audio volume in Google navigation turn-by-turn directions

For the most part, the changes listed are pretty straightforward. The only bad thing is the loss of DivX support for the time being. But as Verizon has said, it will be brought back with another update in the future.

Users have reported that it only takes a couple hours for the update to 4.0.2 to hit their handsets, so if you haven’t seen it yet, just sit tight. It’s coming soon.

In other Verizon Galaxy Nexus software-related news, Google has already hosted a factory image for the device. Released just for those who will “be looking under the hood of their shiny new Galaxy Nexus,” you can download the image from the Google Groups Android Building page here. In the words of JBQ, “happy tinkering!”

Source: Droid Life

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • stenzor

    So this is the advantage of owning a Nexus device eh? It hasn’t even been out for a day and there’s an update already :P

    • stenzor

      That wasn’t meant to be sarcastic by the way, I actually am amazed.. Makes me want to buy a Galaxy Nexus, but it hasn’t been released on my carrier yet

  • Toonshorty

    Does this OTA cover all phones or is it just the 4G LTE version?

    • redraider133

      Just the lte version right now.

  • keridel

    this is not a good start. we now have two different versions of an OS on the same device.

    does not bode well for android 4.0

    • Leonardo Leal

      I’m no expert on this, but despite people are prolly giving U negative Votes without even knowing what’s going on, I understand your concern, but my guess is that this update doesn’t generate a new Plataform API Level, so It doesn’t generate any Fragmentation problems to the ecosystem, just a fix for this device alone. :) Don’t Worry.

      • Leonardo Leal

        I mean not just a fix, but enhancements to these features… my point Is… the guess (only a guess) is that this doesn’t generate a new API Level.

        • keridel

          i see what you are saying yeah.

          to be honest the update is only to 4.0.2 but i just think that if they wanted to do it right they would have just updated the build number not the version number.

          ah well. i can handle the neg’s :D

    • redraider133

      the gsm version is updated to 4.0.2 also now….

  • zyphbear

    I hope this update they released today is why the GN was delayed, that way, everyone can get started with a great working device with all the original bugs worked out!

    • plasmoidia

      Seems like it must be. That is, the update must fix the reason for the delay. I guess you can argue which is more frustrating: a launch delay or dealing with initial bugs.

  • nephalim3

    Mine updated within a minute of turning it on for the first time

  • plasmoidia

    So I wonder which of the things that were fixed was the show-stopper for Verizon. Sure seems like this update must be what convinced Verizon to go ahead and release it. Some of the data related stuff sounds like it could be the culprit (bullets 2-4).

    • redraider133

      Verizon does not issue the updates. This is a nexus, updates come from google, so will come no matter how small an update it is.

  • Jimmy13

    that’s nice :) Kinda jealous of the new toys lol

  • Starship

    Just a quick question to people who own the device now : When you upgraded – do you still have Unlimited 4G or did you have to change the plan to limited data. I’m looking at the site now and it says that I have to sign up for a 4G plan.

    • Conduitz

      do it through a phone or in-store rep. the web isnt capable of fielding an unlimited data plan anymore because it technically doesnt exist.

    • Billy

      When I priced the phone through Amazon and others (last night and today) there is an option to keep your unlimited data plan (assuming you have it).

      This didn’t seem to be there a couple weeks ago.

      I was able to keep my unlimited data plan and my cheaper voice plan.

    • Billy

      Sourcing through VZW online directly also prompts an option to keep the unlimited data plan.

    • Ari32

      Kept my unlimited data plan, no problem.

    • redraider133

      I bought a phone before and it let me keep unlimited data. If you currently have unlimited data( not feature phone data that doesn’t work) it should have a box that allows you to keep the unlimited. I know some were having problems with the verizon site idk if they fixed it, but I went from a 3g phone(fascinate) to the nexus and got to keep my unlimited data.

  • Hall Lo

    lol is it becoz Verizon has delayed the launch so much that when it release the phone theres an update required already?

  • Adryan maldonado

    Sweet thats awesome looking foward to what people do woth it.

  • Billy

    Fastest update ….. ever!

  • Thomas Biard

    Why you get rid of DivX? Why increased volume on navigation? I loathe the way she talks to me!
    Anyone know of a way to get different voices for Navigation (similar to TomTom’s commercials with Darth Vader and Snoop Dogg)?

  • HoLfElDeR

    very quiq, is it?

  • Anthony44

    Did anyone with the GSM version get this update or is this just a Verizon thing. I would hate to think fragmentation is going on here

    • donger

      nothing so far.

  • Anthony44

    Sorry for off topic

  • voice of reason

    This phone is not overly impressive. I will take my rooted thunderbolt running custom ROMs and kernel that has mods out the wazoo over this phone any day. This phone is for the average user who thinks they’re getting something ground breaking. ICS is nice, but it’s not revolutionary. It’s very under-whelming. Flame away!

    • AmericanJedi001

      In the next few days and weeks this phone will have many similar mods, including custom kernels, CyanogenMod, etc. And then it will be a better phone altogether. Dual-core 1.2 GHz, 1280×720 4.65″ screen, etc.

      I agree that ICS is not revolutionary, but it’s a significant evolution from 2.x and 3.x. Hardware-wise, the phone is also evolutionary, but what were you hoping for? The Galaxy Nexus is a vehicle for Google to unveil Android 4.0.x, Ice Cream Sandwich. The hardware, while pretty nice, is secondary to the software from a marketing standpoint.

      I want one, but not bad enough to switch from my relatively cheap Sprint Unlimited data plan to a more expensive data plan with Verizon. Hopefully the Galaxy Nexus is released on Sprint in the coming weeks, and considering my upgrade is nearing… Who knows?

  • voice of reason

    And I keep seeing people who are impressed with a “fast” update. The update wasn’t fast. Why do you think the release kept being delayed?? Because they were working on an OTA update to fix all of these bugs! I personally don’t want to purchase a phone that immediately needs updating.

  • Anthony44

    You are officially what they call a ( Kill Joy.)

    • voice of reason

      I am officially what they call a “Realist”. By the way, I’m not the one that gave your comment a negative reading…like you did mine. What separates this phone from other android phones other than ICS? The sub-par camera? How about the cheap plastic exterior? The thing looks and feels like the fascinate and the charge. Once other phones are updated to ICS, this one will be just another average phone in the mix.

      • redraider133

        Yeah but the thing is it can and most likely will take months for the phones to be updated to ics. I mean moto already said 4-6 months so you aren’t going to see ics on their devices for awhile.

  • ndub21

    I can’t believe the Galaxy Nexus is finally here! Never thought this day would actually come!

  • eliander mendoza

    It took long but here we are today Galaxy Nexus looks pretty danm sexy!!!

  • Louis A

    Beautiful beautiful phone. Yup, that’s what you get for getting a nexus phone, timely updates.

  • LondonUK_user

    DO NOT UPDATE – if you have encrypted your phone.
    After update your pin will not be accepted any longer.
    Currently unless you hard reset your phone – you will not be able to get past the “Enter your Pin” part

  • humidity

    We love Google and Google loves us!

  • Sunny

    I am currently in the UK using GNex…. but am still waiting for the update :(