Earlier this month, Verizon started pushing out its long awaited Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update to owners and while we didn’t run into many issues with the new software, it appears that many Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners out there have indeed stumbled upon a myriad of issues with the Android 4.2 update.
After a fairly lengthy wait, Verizon finally rolled out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for its Nexus smartphone, several months after the initial arrival of the update. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus became the last Nexus in the U.S. to receive the upgrade and many hoped that the lengthy wait would result in a well oiled update, free from bugs.
We went hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 update and did not discover any major issues with the upgrade. However, it seems that plenty of Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners are experiencing a number of different issues that is tarnishing the experience of the new software which also brought, in addition to these issues, a host of new features including a gesture-enhanced keyboard, more Google Now options, Quick Settings, and lock screen widgets.
Over the past week, we’ve heard from a number of Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners who have complained about a host of issues including, but not limited to, battery life issues, problems with Bluetooth, lag and random reboots.
Android 4.2 Battery Life Issues
A number of Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners are complaining about a host of problems with battery life after downloading and installing Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The biggest issues that we’ve heard about and seen are with the device not being able to hold a good charge. As in, the battery is suffering from an abnormal battery drain. This is not an issue that we ran into after installing the update. In fact, as we’ve mentioned, the Galaxy Nexus is notorious for having terrible battery life.
From the looks of things though, some owners are having even worse battery life than usual. What’s more, it appears that some owners are seeing extremely slow charging times as well.
This was an issue that affected the Nexus 7 when it first got Android 4.2 and it’s an issue that wasn’t corrected with Android 4.2.2, the latest version of Android that is on board the Galaxy Nexus.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has had Bluetooth problems for many months and it appears that the issues, which were thought to be solved in Android 4.2.2 are still prevalent in Android 4.2.2 for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
Specifically, we are hearing from owners who are once again complaining about scratchy sound when it comes to Bluetooth streaming, something that many owners rely upon during the day.
Thus far, in our tests, Bluetooth connectivity has been solid with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus though we have in recent days experienced a bit of choppiness when using it with a Bluetooth speaker. This did not occur in the first few days of testing.
Some Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners are reporting that the smooth and fast user interface that arrived with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Users are complaining about a sluggish UI, something that occurred on other Nexus devices with the arrival of Android 4.2.
One of the culprits was discovered to be Google Currents, Google’s app that delivers the news, and disabling it, at least on the Nexus 7, seemed to shore up the lag issues.
That’s a fix that Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners may want to try, though there is no guarantee that it will work.
Almost immediately, our inbox was inundated with complaints about random, sporadic reboots of the Galaxy Nexus that saw the device turn off and turn back on without warning.
The Galaxy Nexus owners we’ve spoken to say that they are infrequent but that they are still happening now, more than a week after installing the new software.
Thus far, we have not seen a single reboot on our Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners are complaining about a broken camera application after the update though this seems to be an extremely limited issue and not widespread.
From what we’re hearing, Verizon is recommending that owners who are experiencing issues, factory reset their device. This of course means wiping all of the data from the phone, requiring a backup of all of that information.
Besides a few of the quick fixes we mention above, this seems to be the only way to truly try and hash out some of these issues. And given how long it takes Verizon to roll out updates for this device, particularly bug fix updates, a factory reset and a little tinkering may be the only way to address these issues for the time to come.
The next update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will likely be Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie and that release could be many months out.