In late October, Google announced its latest version of Android, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an operating system that quickly made its debut on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 and rolled out sooner afterward to current Nexus devices including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7. The update won’t be rolling out to the Motorola Xoom or Nexus S but it will be rolling out to more Nexus devices including the Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Nexus. When it will roll out is a different story altogether however.
The Verizon Galaxy Nexus, first released in December of 2011, was one of the first smartphones in the United States to receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update as it came stock on board the 4G LTE beast. Soon though, it became clear that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update would be the only time that the word “first” would be attached to a Verizon Galaxy Nexus update.
It took five plus months for Verizon to roll out the first bug fix update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Some of those bugs severely hampered my experience with the smartphone, leading me to keep my iPhone 3GS as my daily driver. The iPhone 3GS, at the time, was going on three years old.
Then, in July, came Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Many hoped that Jelly Bean would be a fresh start for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus given the amount of abuse that Verizon received from owners of its Galaxy Nexus. The unlocked Galaxy Nexus got its Jelly Bean update in July and it was soon followed by the Nexus S, a phone that was two years old, the Motorola Xoom which sold terribly, and believe it or not, a Transformer Pad tablet from Asus.
Needless to say, Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners were shocked and disappointed. In fact, I know plenty of owners who, at this point, decided to throw in the towel and ditch their Galaxy Nexus LTE in favor of another device. In September, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update arrived and since then, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus hasn’t received anything other than an apology from Google about the terrible experience.
Not Android 4.1.2, not Android 4.2, and certainly not Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google’s operating system. And after watching other Nexus devices get their updates, it’s time to vent a bit.
Here are five new thoughts about the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update.
Three Updates Behind = Ridiculous
When I bought the Verizon Galaxy Nexus in December, I bought it under the impression that I would be getting a Nexus smartphone, with all the perks of a Nexus combined with Verizon’s amazing 4G LTE network. Suffice to say, that was a grave error in judgement. Instead, what I bought is a Verizon smartphone that is a Nexus in name only. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus, in my opinion is not a Nexus phone.
How did I come to this conclusion? Well, if the long five month wait for a bug fix update or the fact that an Asus tablet beat the Verizon Galaxy Nexus weren’t enough, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is now three Jelly Bean updates behind its brethren.
And who knows, maybe we’ll see Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean roll out before the Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets Android 4.2.
Last to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
There is no doubt in my mind that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will be last in line for the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. Sprint has been pretty diligent lately about it’s updates and I get the feeling it’s going to embarrass Verizon once again with this latest update.
At this point, I’d be surprised if Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners see the Android 4.2 update roll out in 2012 given all the issues that other Nexus owners have faced. Verizon is notoriously tough on bugs and considering the carrier treats the Galaxy Nexus like a standard smartphone, I doubt we’re anywhere close to a roll out.
Hope There Aren’t Any Bugs!
Once it does arrive, I’m really hoping there aren’t any bugs. Why? Because then I’ll likely have to use the phone that way for five months while Verizon pushes out Jelly Bean updates and bug fixes to other devices.
The though of repeating the nonsense from earlier this year is nauseating.
Google I/O is set to take place in May of next year and at the event, it will likely take the wraps off Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, its latest version of Android. I’m certain that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will get that update given that it’s going to be as old as the Nexus S was when it received Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. However, those are hoping for an Android 5.0 in May can keep dreaming.
July or August is a safer bet.
What a Mess
The mess that is the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is in a word, frustrating. Not just because of the update nightmare but because I’d be surprised to see another Nexus launch on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. With the Nexus 4, Google opted to release it on HSPA+ only and not 4G LTE, a move that was driven partly by Verizon’s issues with this phone.
It’s a shame because it would be hard for me to buy a phone that doesn’t have 4G LTE speeds and truthfully, unless an Android phone blows me away, I’d really only be interested in a Nexus device. Particularly, one of the nation’s largest 4G LTE carrier.
Oh well, there’s always AT&T or Sprint with the Nexus 5. I guess.