Dec 19 AT 5:53 PM Dustin Earley 84 Comments

Monday Nexus news roundup


Now that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is in full effect, news on the device is dropping faster than RIM’s profits (ba-dum tsss!). If we were to cover every individual nugget of Nexus news that hits the web, your Twitter and RSS feeds would look like a green, red, yellow and blue bomb went off. And while that might not necessarily be a bad thing, doesn’t everyone else deserve a little face time too? That’s where today’s Nexus news roundup comes in. Here’s a list of all things Nexus that popped up online today, gathered in one neat place for your reading pleasure.

Limited edition Galaxy Nexi being handed out to employees

They did it with the Nexus One and Nexus S, and now they’re doing it with the Galaxy Nexus. Google just loves to make limited edition versions of their Nexus handsets and give them to employees to spread holiday cheer. If you just can’t live without a battery cover plastered in various Android icons, then you might wanna hop on eBay or get a job at Google. That’s the only way you’re gonna get one of these bad boys. [1]

Verizon Galaxy Nexus car dock: three-pin connection not included

There’s not a whole lot to this story, but it’s good to know nonetheless. The Verizon Nexus car dock that attaches to your windshield via suction cup does not have a three-pin dock connection built in. Instead, you have to use the device’s micro-USB connection. The GSM Nexus car dock supports the pins, so why the Verizon version doesn’t is a mystery. [2]

Verizon Nexus extended battery on sale now

Don’t be sad that your Verizon car dock doesn’t utilize the latest in dock connecting technology, be happy that an extended battery for your device is half off at Normally $50, the 2100mAh extended battery can be yours for a low, low $24.99. The original $50 price tag shows up on the product info page here, but the discount will be reflected at the checkout. Better hurry. Who knows how long this will last? [3]

Google Wallet available for unrooted Galaxy Nexi

Rooted Galaxy Nexus users have been enjoying Google Wallet since the device has come out, while unrooted users have had to sit back and wait for an NFC system of their own. Not anymore. A region-based (it only works in the US) Google Wallet .apk has been made available for unrooted Galaxy Nexus devices. The only requirement? Allow the installation of non-Market apps. You can find more info here. [4]

Tips on fixing the Galaxy Nexus’ low-res contact images

Complaints from Galaxy Nexus users on the low image quality of contact pictures is nothing new. For some odd reason, the contact images Google syncs look incredibly poor wherever they’re placed throughout the UI. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to fix that. DroidLife has some tips on how to get high-res images to stick, but they’re a far cry from an official solution. [5]

An in-depth look at the data connection problems surrounding Verizon LTE

Verizon’s LTE network is incredibly fast. There’s no denying that. But there’s also no denying the connection problems that have come with it. David Ruccock over at Android Police has taken the time to go in-depth with the issue, and offers his insights on why the issues still exist today. [6]

That’s all we have for now, but don’t surprised if a couple more stories happen to make the list.

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

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  • goncalossilva

    The only news missing: “Google giving away a few more Galaxy Nexus to devoted fans” :p

    • Thomas Biard

      And follow up news missing: “I still can’t get lucky enough to get one of the phones given away” haha. My devotion isn’t enough!

      • Jorge Eslava

        Of course your devotion isn’t enough.

        • Joshua Melling

          Obviously more then yours…..

          • Jeremy Johns

            get in line as I have been told by @androidandme on twitter.

    • Michael C.

      How about, “ICS roll-out to all Nexus S owners is now complete”? :D

      • Lewis McGeary

        I got mine a few hours ago, is it complete now?

        • Futureboy

          It’s not complete, but I am surprised I received the update so quickly (over the weekend). It should take a a month or so to roll out to all the devices.

          The following is from: Dustin Earley’s post on Dec 16:
          “As for how the update will play out, it will be rolled out in waves (much like every other update has), with GSM devices first in line. Sprint’s Nexus S 4G will come later on. It may take around a month for the update to be completely deployed, but rest assured you shouldn’t have to wait that long. Once the update is out there, developers usually release a flashable update file that doesn’t require root to use.”

          • Lewis McGeary

            Thanks, think I misread the intent of Michael C’s post, the rollout being complete would be an ‘ideal world’ headline rather than actual!
            Glad to have mine though, refreshing change.

    • azswift

      But I bet Android & Me will have one for a luck reader.



      I certainly agree:P

    • dafi81

      maybe tomorrow! there is always hope ;)

  • Bryan Stoner

    I can’t imagine ever getting an extended battery. With the battery stats i’ve seen on these bad boys who needs em. And let me say, OH YEAAA GOOGLE WALLET!!

    • Thomas Biard

      Need? Probably not. Enjoy a second, longer life battery for only $25…I’ll bite. Im tempted to get one at such a great price even though I don’t even have a G-Nex

    • Scott

      I went for the $25 extended battery because in my first few days of owning the Nexus, I’m looking at about 6-8 hours of use before it’s at a critical level. I’m hoping with the extended battery and some tweaks that I might see 12 hours, I just don’t know. Since the extended battery adds almost no thickness, I’m going make it my primary battery. The price was just too good.

      • DroidSamurai

        12 hours? You are seriously dreaming. The extended battery only adds about 200 mAh to the factory 1850mAh battery. So, at best, you are looking at about 1/9 of what the factory battery gives you — about an hour or so in your case.

        • Scott

          Well, I don’t think 12 hours is a huge stretch. I’m planning to root the phone and use Set CPU to underclock it when the screen is off. Couple that with a low voltage kernel and 12 hours may not be too far off, especially with the extended battery. I’m just holding off on rooting until there are some good kernels available, which should be within the next few weeks (I’m hoping).

          By the way, the extended battery adds 250mah extra, which is about a 13.5% increase.

          • John Walker

            6-8 hours on a standard battery? I hope that’s heavy usage. I was at 11 hours yesterday before I got the 14% warning.

      • booyootoo

        Im using a rom called android revolution. Battery lasts 2 days for me now… Better ghen a replacement battery i guess.

    • Michael C.

      You kidding? I want my old candybar phone’s battery life in my next smartphone. 3 days heavy usage, 5-6 light usage.

      Get me through an entire work week and I’ll be satisfied. Who’s with me?! :p

      • mmmark111

        Bit of a wild dream, haha. I’d be completely stoked to have a battery that would be at around 40% by the time I put my head on my pillow with heavy use throughout the day. I hate being married to my charger any time I want to play some GTA3.

      • Derek

        My original iPhone 2G would get 3-4 days on one charge of medium usage. I miss those days. Lucky to make it through one work day now, if I dont charge it periodically throughout the day it’ll be dead by the time I make it home.

    • Shadowlore

      I’d highly recommend the battery, if for nothing more than it seems to ‘fill out’ the shape on the back of the device.

      I can honestly say, this is the *ONLY* extended battery I’ve ever used that still feels good in the phone.

  • redraider133

    I think the special edition galaxy tab with the green robots on them looked better than the special edition nexus.

    • Angie Wimberly

      I do too. I think the back plate looks like a woman’s purse.

      • faun

        Hahaha now you mention it, it does kind of ape the Luis Vuitton

  • keridel

    only problem with the google wallet stuff is i still cant get it on my device :(

    • w9jds

      Thanks to xda you can now put it on your phone without even rooting your device :)

  • Ironzey Lewis

    For the 77th time, I hope Verizon has nothing to do with the next Nexus.

    • kazahani

      Verizon hasn’t had a major device launch smoothly on their network since the iPhone.

      Gee, I wonder why that is?

  • myandroid99

    I wish I was a google employee


    great lil informative article Dustin. Thanks

  • ramenchef

    Google should do more nexus giveaways. That would be awesome.

  • Billy

    Picked up the extended battery. It isn’t much bigger but every bit of juice is awesome … and 25 bucks is great.

    I am really disappointed in the car dock and where is the desktop dock with pins. I really hope we see some better accessories in the coming weeks.

    Special editions are awesome of Google to hand out … although I think they should let Angie design the next one … not to keen on the look

    • Scott

      How much battery life are you seeing with the extended battery? I’m seeing around 6-8 hours before I need a charge with the regular battery. I ordered the extended battery online and I’m hoping that when it arrives, I’ll see at least a noticeable increase in battery life. 10-12 hours would be great, I’m just not sure it’s reasonable to expect that.

      • Billy

        I have not gotten it yet. I thought it was arriving today. Maybe tomorrow.

        I am seeing 5-10 hours of battery depending on how much I am using it .. I know that is a wide margin but some days I just get email while others I am streaming and gaming.

        I highly doubt the extending battery will give more than 30min to 1 hour. Standard is 1850 and Extended is 2100 … so not a huge increase.

  • ndub21

    I love my Galaxy Nexus! I think Google should give one away to everyone!


      I certainly hope they do. Free Galaxy Nexus for everyone. :D

  • McLovin

    My dream Nexus headline would be:

    “Galaxy Nexus with physical QWERTY keyboard announced”

    • azswift

      I’ve only used the physical keyboard on my phone twice in about two years. It’s Swype or input by voice.

      How many people are still using the keyboards?

      • Cole Loomis

        Correct me if I am wrong, but at this point in time Swype is not yet available on the GN.

        • w9jds

          I think it is available for all phones. All you have to do is go to their site and sign in and have the apk file sent to you through an email and just install it. Here check it out

    • GeauxLSU

      I’ve been waiting on that one too. Wasn’t there a rumor of one during the summer?

  • leo

    Does anyone know for a fact if the verizon galaxy nexus will fit in the GSM galaxy nexus Car dock or not?

  • ArticulateFool

    Sounds like the Verizon variant is having more problems than the GSM.

    • Anthony44

      Sounds that way but I bet the patches they send out will fix Verizon’s and screw up the GSM.
      I am sure of this especially since my GSM arrives tomorrow.

    • Cole Loomis

      Well at this point the issues are specific to the Verizon network and not the phone.

  • zyphbear

    I would so love to have that Special GN ! That pattern is so cool!

    I do wonder if a 3rd party will come out with a solution to use the three pin connection for docks in cars and such though too.

  • the5thdimension

    Can’t get enough Nexus news!!!

    I was at Foot Locker today and their credit card machine read “Now accepting Google Wallet.” When I saw that, I entered a day dream were I pulled out my Galaxy Nexus, put it up to the sensor and paid for my sons new sneaks. “Sir…sir…Is that all for you?” Then the cashier brought me back to reality. “Oh…yeah sorry…” and I swiped my card. Damn I need that phone!

    • booyootoo

      Lol, good story… I live in the netherlands and ithink we can keep on dreaming for nfc payments.

      I would really like to use it.

  • Lee Swanson

    Is it true that people are having reception problems?

  • tonis79

    How about “hey Tmobile members, since you’ve been so loyal to android and the nexus line, the Nexus Galaxy will be releasing on Tmobile starting tomorrow”????? That would be a nice headline…

  • thekaz

    Thanks for this. Got my Nexus Sunday morning and have been busy downloading all my apps I bought for my old phone/tablet (OMG, downloading and installing on this thing and 4G is amazingly fast!), now I am ready to start tweaking it some more.

    Also might have to get the extended battery. Almost too cheap not to, but I’ve been reading there is a struggle to find cases that fit over the extended battery..?

    • Scott

      I bought one of those soft/stretchy rubber cases which I’m hoping will still fit when I install the extended battery. It was only like $4 on so if it doesn’t work I’ll just give it to my friend who is using two regular batteries.

  • Willy Morgan

    I’m wondering how soon before The Galaxy Nexus is on AT&T. Even though I dislike the fact that they load the phone up with bloatware, at least after rooting the phone I can get an experience as close to the developer phone as possible,.

  • MrMrMan

    The only news that matters is when they’re releasing it on someone outside of sorryass Verizon.

  • Max Steel

    Not everyone is on Verizon, dammnit!!

  • Richard Yarrell

    Yes the Galaxy Nexus without question is a joy to have as my daily driver. My first stock android device being an early adaptor is what I always have done from day one. I was there day one for the EVO 4G day one for the EVO 3D and now day one for the GALAXY NEXUS. Regardless of the reception issues that exist on my current handset I know a fix is on the way very soon my device at home has -125dBm and 6asu with no signal and says 3g so yeah the singnal is terrible. Regardless I know others are sufferring also with this problem so I will ride it out with my Nexi why because it is clearly the best android device on the market and that will be for the next 6 to 8 months.

  • mclarensr

    Cant wait for the GSM version, hope it is released soon.

  • kungpaodragon

    Other countries always get the cool stuff…


      No at all, some Countries doesn’t have Galaxy Nexus out on the market.

  • Louis A

    Google needs to fix and hi res and 4G LTE issues. Ya for sure if you have google+, you get hi res pics but get us the fix for it.

  • Skis03

    I am sure they will push out fixes for this phone faster than normal being the flagship.

  • Joseph Banks

    even though there are some issues, this is an awesome device. i haven’t had no major issues, only thing was a live wallpaper that i tried to put on that didn’t work. got rid of it and now i’m chirping along. big up to Samsung

  • squiddy20

    ” David Ruccock over at Android Police…” His name is David Ruddock. Ya know, with two d’s? Would it kill you to proofread your articles to at least get people’s names right?

  • Ari32

    I’m upset about that car dock. What a half-assed job by Verizon… but that’s expected

  • Cole Loomis

    I was so glad to see the Wallet apk. I ate lunch yesterday for free thanks to it.

    • Ari32

      I just downloaded it. I’m glad someone got a work-around from Verizon’s bs so soon. The free $10 is a nice bonus

  • olentz

    Use HaxSync from Android Market ( to get high res pictures from Facebook on your Nexus.

    • booyootoo

      Thanks. Good tip!

  • jamal adam

    Now if only the other carriers released the Galaxy Nexus too. I would be a happy camper.

    • donger

      get a gsm one now

  • flamesbladeflcl

    I just wish I could get one on my current Verizon contract without paying full price. The only way I would get a new contract right now would be with sprint but they don’t have a shiny new galaxy nexus yet

  • Luke Haviland

    i wish i had some money!!

  • gherea

    I certainly agree

  • destinydmm

    With the few things bad with the launch and accesseries (sans extended battery) iPhone using friend of mine messes around with my Nexus, and is now 100% ready to make the switch to Android. My Droid X had hi staring over the edge, my Nexus made him jump!!!

  • Robert Whittaker

    In some ways I’m glad my current contract doesn’t expire for 6 months. Give’s me time to start saving and for the price to start falling. I wonder which one is most likely?

  • Alex Pena

    I would like to win one of these :)

  • nwilliam3

    Used Google Wallet at McDonald’s for the first time yesterday. Got admit loved the way everybody looked at me like…”What did you just do?” And I was like…”Yeah that’s right, I just paid with a tap of my phone!”

    • Tal

      LOL! well this is really a revolution in the way we manage $$$, people will surely notice and appreciate, and the new generation will never bother to think that once we used cards.

  • martymar3200

    So I got my Galaxy Nexus last ngiht. So far I have to say I love it. My only issue is that it doesnt sync my contacts folder with Facebook. I read some things that says that is an issue between Google and Facebook right now. Does anyone know a way to make it work??

  • LukeT32

    No where did I see where my free phone is in the mail…

  • humidity

    Nice roundup.

  • Brian

    I was able to fix the low-res contact image problem by adding the images on the Nexus side, instead of thru the desktop Gmail/Contacts interface. It’s tedious but it solves the problem without having to disable sync.