Mar 28 AT 6:01 PM Dustin Earley 68 Comments

Google confirms Android 4.0.4 rolling out to multiple devices, Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus not included


Android developer Jean-Baptiste Queru, or JBQ as he’s so lovingly called, has announced today that Android 4.0.4 is finally being pushed into the Android Open Source Project.

According to JBQ, Android 4.0.4 features “a few hundred changes over 4.0.3,” and it “matches the update that has been sent to a few devices since yesterday” (more on that below). As previously mentioned by Google, “files related to CDMA devices have not been tested in the context of AOSP.” There’s no solid timeframe for when 4.0.4 will reach all of the various Google Experience Devices out there, but some devices are already seeing the update.

The WiFi version of the Motorola Xoom has already been pushed the update, and an update file for the Nexus S has made available online.

That’s right, after months of waiting for Google to finally get their act together, an Android 4.0.4 update file for the Samsung Nexus S has finally been uploaded to Google’s servers, ready to be manually flashed over the botched update to Android 4.0.3.

Coming in at just 18MB, today’s update for the Nexus S is meant strictly for flashing over Android 4.0.3. It has been confirmed to work on both the i9023, and i9020-T (the T-Mobile Nexus S variant). There’s good reason to believe 4.0.4 should hit be available as an over the air update sooner than later, but if you don’t want to wait to receive it on your stock Nexus S, you can download it directly from Google now.

According to those who have successfully flashed the update to 4.0.4, it runs much smoother than 4.0.3, and features quite a few big fixes to well documented problems.

To check and see if your Xoom is ready for the update, simply head to Settings > About tablet. For GSM Nexus S users, check XDA for more info.

I’ve been running CM9 nightly builds on my Nexus S for quite some time now, but I may revert back to stock to see if the update fixes any major problems. Let us know if you’ve given the update a shot.

Update: Google just announced that Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich, is rolling out to mutiple devices. The latest update includes “stability improvements, better camera performance, smoother screen rotation, improved phone number recognition and more.” Some devices are seeing Ice Cream Sandwich for the first time, while others are receiving updates from previous versions of Android 4.x.

More devices will be supported soon, but the first wave of devices includes:

  • UMTS/GSM Nexus S
  • Xoom WiFi
  • HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus
Devices we expect to be upgraded in the “coming weeks” include:
  • Sprint Nexus S 4G
  • Verizon Galaxy Nexus
  • Verizon Xoom 4G

Current rumors suggest the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will see a newer Android 4.0.5 as soon as April, so it could be skipping Android 4.0.4 entirely.

Via: Google Groups

Source: Google

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

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  • mickjen

    Still, no love for Nexus S 4G….

  • lucasmpinelli

    best birthday gift ever

  • oddball

    Congrats to all users of these devices. I’m sure that the dev community will have 4.04 headed out to the rest of us soon. Rocking Gummy ROM on my Droid 2 Global and my Droid X right now and loving it

  • Fulaman

    I’m curious if this 4.0.4 will be made available by devs on devices running CM9, AOKP, or any other ICS based ROMs. I’m curious how much better this is than 4.0.3, and in addition to that, what other modifications have been added to this latest update.

    Grats to people who are getting it.

  • Nexus311

    Myself and others with the i9020T Nexus S are getting Error 7.

    • Corey

      Same Ive looked around everywhere and no one seems to know why we’re gettin error 7

      • Nexus311

        Turns out the issue is that since ICS, you can’t manually update with stock recovery. You have to use ClockworkMod recovery. What people are doing over on xda is reverting to 2.3.6 flashing 4.0.3 then this update file. It works, but you have to wipe your device, which I’m not willing to do, so I’m here still waiting for the OTA to hit!

  • Richard Yarrell

    Great to see this update going out google has making up to do.

    • jonathan3579

      Richard, you’re great at regurgitating what other’s have said yet somehow you manage to make it sound more…stupid.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Hey scabs. Great to recieve the attention. What a bunch of androidandme losers led by the biggest leader squiddy20. Meanwhile in the real world i am enjoy my Gnex what do you guys have nothing like i do that’s for sure..

        • squiddy20

          Hahahaha wow. The only thing you “know for sure” is that I currently have a Samsung Moment. You have no f*cking clue what phones other people have because you don’t know a d*mn thing about them, just like you know relatively nothing about me. Just like you threatened to “pimp slap [me] and [my] momma”, when you have absolutely no clue even what general area I live in. What. A. F*cking. Joke.
          “Meanwhile in the real world” you’re just as stupid as you were 2 years ago. You still claim things as truth you can in no way hope to get right, such as how you “know” the GS3, Galaxy Note, AND the Nexus tablet will all be coming to Verizon, when there’s only been 1 *rumor* of this occurring for any of the three devices.
          No Dick, you’re the “loser” with you blind fanboyism, self-importance, and utter ignorance. You really are just as bad as, if not worse than, the “iSheep”.

          • Steam

            He’s worse. Much worse. At least an “iSheep” will counter an agrument with something intelligent and try to make a point and not resort to pre-school “insults”, or simply ignore it, or say something completely irrelevant in random caps.

        • Steam

          Nope. The only thing I have that you may have is a GNex. Other than that, you have nothing that I want, and I have nothing that you can afford.

        • Steam

          “Great to recieve the attention”
          Great of you to reinforce what I’ve already said about you. Well done.


      hey your that homeless dude right?

      • jonathan3579

        I’m gonna go ahead and guess you’re Richard (or just as stupid) based upon this rhetoric that makes little sense and the inability to use you’re instead of your. Knowledge is power.

        • Richard Yarrell

          @jonathan3579…Guess you think your judge or jury. Your just another misguided soul on this site. At least you have a face while the others are cowardly hiding behind made up names and the vail of secretcy. Piss on them and you.

          • squiddy20

            1. You do realize that the @username is completely redundant given the fact that you’re replying directly to him, right? What a f*cking moron.
            2. The words you were looking for are “veil” not “vail”, and “you’re” not “your”. This really only proves his point, not yours. Keep that “brilliant” mind sharp Richard, you may actually need to use it someday.

          • Steam

            Richard. Stop projecting again. No one can help what your dad did to you in the basement, but trying to project it on others and repeating the exact same thing over and over and over and over and over is completely and utterly stupid. Even for you, a person who craves attention and abuse and revels in ignorance, it should be beneath even you. Ignorance is one thing, wanton stupidity is another. People aren’t nearly as stupid as you are. They don’t necessarily *want* their names and faces on a website. It’s incredibly stupid for you especially to do it, and you should count yourself as incredibly lucky that androidandme removed your little hate crime post you wrote about a week ago regarding squiddy and I. I do still have a screenshot of it, but to their credit, they removed it. What would the difference be anyway? If I called myself “Joe Stevenson” and put a random picture on a profile, you would have zero idea if it’s real or fake. You wouldn’t know how to find anyone anyway, your “boss, pimp-slapping devices” suck. They don’t even have a spell check for nearly illiterate people like you, and you don’t have the resources or money to do it, so what would the point be? Or is this just another pre-school insult to garner more attention for yourself because you know that people are going to rip on you for it?
            You really should stop with the “misguided souls”, “useless bums”, and everything else that you say, we all know why you do it. I suppose that you’re getting what you want, as time goes by, more and more people hate you, and even now, at least once every week or two, I find someone who donated (past tense now) to the people who took you in, put a roof over your head, and laughed at your mental problems “Hey guys, watch this, we’re going to give this guy a roof, but we’re going to completely ignore the fact that he has more issues than the New York Times, and see what he does in society. It’ll make a great paper for my kid, she’s majoring in psychology.”

          • Steam

            I should also point out that this isn’t twitter, Richard. You replied to the guy, the @ is redundant as squiddy said. I do recall you referring to everyone with an @, even when not addressing them at one time. Maybe, every once in awhile, you actually do learn something, nothing important, or big, but something is better than nothing, I assume. You’ll always be a mentally damaged idiot, and no phone is ever going to change that.

          • Steam

            Also, it’s “secrecy”, not “secretcy”. Your pimp-slapping devices suck, a GNex (actually, pretty much every smartphone in existence) has spell-check. You don’t even actually own one, do you? Is that why you’re always going on about how smartphones are status symbols, and people without them are “useless”? Because you don’t have one, but wish that you did? I’m starting to think that is the case. No one with a smartphone could possibly have so many typos.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Ha ha,

    • squiddy20

      “Google will fix this issue then what will everyone who owns a Nexus device will be saying??” ~Quote by Richard Yarrell about a day ago right here:
      Apparently, you’ll be complaining because you didn’t get the update on your “bitch/pimp slapping” Galaxy Nexus. What a f*cking two-faced crybaby. You can’t have your cake and eat it too Richard. Surely, you of all people should know this Mr. Rumors-Are-100%-True-And-I-Believe-Them-All. Grow up.

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  • Derek

    I already have the update on my xoom. And it’s not rooted or anything. That’s odd.

  • Taylor Wimberly

    Let’s see how fast ASUS gets this on the Transformer Prime.

  • rauelius

    Hopefully the Prime update that Asus has been talking about is an “unofficial” part of the 4.0.4 rollout.

  • josh

    I am getting error 7 message when trying to manually update on my tmobile nexus s running 4.0.3,this is the first time ive ever had issues with updating manually,does anybody know what the issue with this is?its getting a bit annoying…

    • jonathan3579

      You have to downgrade back to 2.3.6 and then go back up and then update again.


    crap ware

    • NotRelevent

      Yes, yes you are.

  • zeeshan


  • Tristan Goodchild

    I am also getting an error 7 message with i9020XXKI1

  • cthonctic

    Yesssss… will probably take a couple days for the OTA wave to reach my GNex but it’s good to know it’s coming. :)

  • curtis

    Wtf! Nice to see most of us still sitting and waiting for any kind of update ….

  • Nutz

    The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon already got this update like 2 months ago. It was the first to get it and it made a huge difference in the performance and stability of the device.

  • Nathan D.


  • tw

    It means I need to get 4.0.3 first.But there’s no 4.0.3 for i9020A!

  • Mike Hale

    Man… still nothing for the Nexus S 4g. this is such bullshit!! This is NOT a Nexus Device.

  • Slith

    So now the old Nexi are further updated than my new Galaxy Nexus. I blame Verizon.

    • teecruz

      You’re stupid.

  • jamal adam

    It looks like Google has been reading up on some Android and Me articles lately. Well done!!

  • teecruz

    Oh .. isn’t this the update everybody was complaining about yesterday?
    Foot-in-mouth much? exactly. Shut up and learn the arts of being patient.

    Enjoy! :)

    (I blame for creating this nonexistent stigma of Google neglecting their Nexus devices. STOP IT!)


    • teecruz

      *bloggers .. I blame bloggers.

  • msgnyc

    So nice of you to neglect the Nexus S i9020A in your article, tho why not right?
    Google has aswell……..

  • Joel Bird

    Lol. See? Nothing to worry about. Google always comes through. Goes to show though that Nexus doesn’t work on a carrier locked phone like the Verizon Nexus. GSM all the way!

    • martin

      Yeah maybe for all you i9020t users.. the i9020a are apparently non existent and I’m still on freaking 2.3.6. I just want to slap Google in the face for this. What makes it worse is I’m in Canada. Longer wait…. if at all.

  • spazby

    keep the updates coming pls

  • Trevor Cameron

    Why is my Galaxy Nexus still sitting on 4.0.2 and telling me it’s up to date???

    • halo0

      Because it hasn’t been pushed out to your device yet.

  • Odin

    Its absolute horsesh!t that the NS4G was left out, again. I’ve always been a Google faithful, but time and time again Google manages to disappoint yet again. Sprint is no better because we all know they are sitting on the update until the Galaxy Nexus is debuted on their network. I’m leaving Sprint and Google and I’m going to Apple and AT&T. I’m sick of the games and the he said she said crap. Bye Android and bye Sprint. Ill be sure to spread the word.

  • Odin

    Its absolute horsesh!t that the NS4G was left out, again. I’ve always been a Google faithful, but time and time again Google manages to disapoint yet again. Sprint is no better because we all know they are sitting on the update until the Galaxy Nexus is debuted on their network. I’m leaving Sprint and Google and I’m going to Apple and AT&T. I’m sick of the games and the he said she said crap. Bye Android and bye Sprint. Ill be sure to spread the word.

  • Odin

    Sorry about the double post.

  • halo0

    Has anyone had this pushed to their GSM Gnex yet? Still waiting…

  • snowbdr89

    I see the dummy dick yarrell is still an embarrassment to himself

  • fingers26

    When will be out for Galaxy Note N7000? even still waiting for the 4.0.3 =}

  • bob

    this is such a joke…
    months ago ICS was promised to pretty much all android phones especially high end ones.
    constant reassurance that ICS will come to our phones for moonnthhhs on end.
    this is one of the reasons so many ppl use apple. this kind of bullshit does not exist with them. yes i understand they only have a small handful of phones to update but this a joke, apple still update more phones at a faster pace than android and google do.
    google have gotten SO lazy over the past few years

  • asdf

    finally, today, i got 4.0.4 on nexus s in holland.

  • David

    We had a 4.0.4 OTA in the UK as of yesterday too. Looks very pretty.

  • Edixted

    The Play Movies and Play Music can’t open the media files after upgading to 4.0.4, it happened on both my Nexus S and Xoom Wifi. But the files can be played with another app.
    Does anyone have the same problem?????
    or anyone with the sollution???

  • AndroidNoid

    After numerous issues with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus with verizon and multiple calls regarding dropped calls, spontaneous reboots, and signal strength issues, I finally got some info when I stopped into their store. I was tempted to just root and flash my phone to 4.04 after reading how many bugs it fixed and I asked when verizon planned on releasing a new firmware update. Previously their customer service played dumb and said they had no information, but in the store I was told they had a listed date of early May. Whether or not this is true I guess we shall see.

  • HWL

    Does it work for rooted NS4Gs?