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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2.2 update

While Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus bears the same design and name as the GSM Galaxy Nexus, many folks don't think of the Big Red variant as a "true Nexus" because it's not updated with the newest versions of Android as quickly as typical Nexus devices. For example, the GSM Galaxy Nexus was recently bumped up to Android 4.2.2, but the Verizon model is still sitting on Android 4.1.2. If a member of the XDA-Developers forum is to be believed, though, it may not be long before the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is finally same software as its Nexus siblings.

XDA forum user El Madhatter claims to have a tester version of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus that receives updates before they're rolled out to the public to ensure that there aren't any major bugs inside. According to El Madhatter, he recently received an over the air update that features the build number JDQ39 and brings the Verizon GalNex up to Android 4.2.2, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. Packed inside the update are some new radios.

Along with El Madhatter's report, there are a couple of other pieces of information that suggest that Verizon is planning to push an update to is Galaxy Nexus soon. Droid-Life claims to have been told by a source that the next Verizon Galaxy Nexus update will indeed bump the device up to Android 4.2.2. On top of that, the official Verizon Wireless Support account on Twitter recently told one user that an update will be coming to the Galaxy Nexus "soon."

This is all still very much a rumor at this point, but if it holds true, Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners could soon have cause for celebration. As I noted before, the GSM Galaxy Nexus is currently running Android 4.2.2, as is all of the other recent Nexus hardware, and even the Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus has been updated to Android 4.2.1. That means that the Verizon flavor of the Galaxy Nexus is pretty far behind in updates for being a Nexus-branded product. That may not come as much of a shock to some, as Verizon is known for occasionally taking longer than other carriers when it comes to pushing out updates due to its testing process, but it's still kind of a disappointment for Galaxy Nexus users. We'll keep an eye on this whole situation and give you Verizon GalNex folk a shout when we learn more.

Via Droid-Life, XDA-Developers, @VZWSupport


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Nicholas Bucholdt A Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7
Edgar Cuevas I have the nexus 4 and nexus 10 :)
Mark D. Cox Nexus 4
Marti Ruiz had it, sold it . cant wait to buy g s4
Marti Ruiz nexus 4
Pablo Emmanuel Nexus 10
Jeff Seaver No I hate nexus rather buy Galaxy or HTC One
Wayde Philpot Just bought a Nexus 4....i dig it. Note 2 is still better though
Andrew F Sheehan Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus 7. That is all I need. I may decide to get the nexus One just to mess around with. Always wanted to get the original nexus.
Abigail F McElroy Tablet-7. No google phone yet. So far love it. Except for the system download updates 3 times a day. That may just be my device though. But it's a lot of fun ! :-)
Mark Kornak I have the Galaxy Nexus phone. There was no reason to get the Nexus 4. The specs were not much better. Hope to see a Nexus phone soon with LTE, a 8 mega piece camera or better, and a SD memory slot.
Dan Cook Nexus 7
Douglas Prevo Nope, don't know why not besides the fact they just were never aligned with my buying schedule. Maybe if I am super patient I can hold out until the 5.0 release and corresponding nexus, whatever that may be. I doubt it though, which will probably result in another flagship HTC or Samsung.
QM McClean Nexus 4. So sad the gnex is still waiting on its update.
Pirarre Miller Nexus 7!
Vicente Reyes Nexus 7 32gb WiFi only. Don't need a nexus 4 since I have my atrix HD
Brandon Holley This testing takes forever because its on a CDMA/LTE network vs. the GSM networks that t-mobile and the rest of the world uses. Stupid I know, but thats the best reason Ive been given.
Thomas Boehnlein I still use my Nexus One.
David Hilgendorf Verizon Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, Nexus 10.
Casey Gordon Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the Gnex red-headed stepchild. Also, the Nexus 10.
Joernie Berrios GNEX...ftw
Tiger Panomthonichakul nexus 4, but heat & battery life annoying me.
Lukasz Dudek GNex 4.2.2
Angel Hernandez Nexus 7. Soon gonna be replaced with the Sony tablet z tho..
Matt Circonciso Nexus 10!
Sam Rick Nexus 4 here
Ian Baylon No one has the Nexus One? :O
Travis Bowen Nexus 7 ftw
Luis Reich Nexus 10. absolutely love it
Jordan Williams Also. Own and love my Nexus 4.
Jordan Williams Casey Gordon!
Chris Northcutt Own a Nexus 7 tablet.... love it!
Reese Woodson Nexus 4 owner here
Mark Belkowski Screw Verizon.
Jeremy Bleich Does it take Verizon's testing longer to make sure the software doesn't block the spyware in the service?
Tim Moore Had the Nexus One, have Gnex, and Nexus 4 on the way. 6 hour battery life? WTF were you doing? I get through a weekend day playing with it.
Lanh Nguyen both the Gnex and Nexus 4.
Josef Sakac Nexus 4 love it
Jonathan Kalm Had the galaxy nexus but couldnt stand the 6 hour battery life
Brian McGuinness Had them all, Nexus 4 w/ the Paranoid Android Rom has been great!




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