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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Update Could Miss the Mark



Yesterday, Verizon approved the Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0.4 update. Today, the carrier confirmed that the bug fix update would be rolling out soon. And sometime in the near future, when the Galaxy Nexus update does roll out, there might just be some underwhelmed owners out there.

After taking a look at the list of fixes and improvements, I couldn’t help but notice that a few major issues that Galaxy Nexus owners have been having seem to have been neglected.

We’ve had several readers chime in asking whether or not the software would fix non-listed issues. Issues like the terrible volume that the Galaxy Nexus has. Watching a movie and playing music is terrible because the sound is so low.

Issues like the sluggish keyboard, especially when its in landscape mode. I’ve had several people write in complaining about that issue specifically and it doesn’t appear as though Google and Verizon have taken care of it, at least not from the changelog.

The changelog also doesn’t mention the random reboot issues that many Galaxy Nexus owners, myself included, have been having for quite some time now.

It does list fixes for freezing and unresponsiveness but in past changelogs, for the HTC ThunderBolt for example, Verizon explicitly mentioned random reboots.

Lastly, it says absolutely nothing about battery life improvements. Again, I’ve seen this listed on many changelogs that the carrier has released.

Now, does this necessarily mean that these fixes won’t be included in the update? No, I can’t say for sure.

We’ve also had a reader named Dro chime in with a comment stating that Verizon doesn’t list all of the fixes on the public changelog:

The changelog does not list all of the issues that this update will fix. Verizon keeps the master list private. The 4.04 update includes better radios for 3g and 4g as well as improved calling. Random reboots and audio issues are also addressed.

He or she could be right, but to be honest, I’ve never known this to be the case and quite frankly, it doesn’t make much sense. Why would Verizon not divulge this so-called “master list” of fixes?

Even if this were to be the case, I am still living in limbo here. Sure, the update promises to address some of the problems I’ve been having, the microphone issue in particular, but it also leaves out some of the peskier bugs that owners like myself have been dealing with.

When I learned that Verizon had approved the update, I was elated. But that elation soon turned to dread when I realized that there were some key fixes missing and that I might have to wait another five months before they get solved.

Let’s hope that Dro is right, otherwise, I might be paying a hefty Early Termination Fee (ETF) soon.

Any other Galaxy Nexus owners feeling uneasy?



  1. Dan

    05/30/2012 at 3:45 pm

  2. GNexUser

    05/30/2012 at 4:34 pm

    Here’s hoping we get a similar update in Canada where the majority of us are still stuck on 4.0.1 (on the yakjuux configuration).

    Samsung Canada says it’s up to Google, Google says it’s up to Samsung.

  3. Tim Whittaker

    05/31/2012 at 11:10 am

    Adam, I’m in the same situation as you. I have been waiting for over 5 months because Verizon kept telling me the software fix was coming soon. If 4.04 doesn’t fix my problems I am switching phones. This has been ridiculous…..

  4. Dro

    05/31/2012 at 5:52 pm

    Here are some changes that a user who got the update has noticed so far.
    Only been updated for a day, but so far:
    Screen rotation much faster
    No mic dropout during calls yet
    Much better signal strength (not bars,) Dbm and ASu numbers.
    Battery life seems better.
    Better signal stength

  5. Nick In NC

    06/02/2012 at 2:08 pm

    So woke up this morning smiling after i saw the update. Installed made a phone call…..5 min in mic drops out..UPDATE FIXED EVERYTHING ELSE BUT WHAT MAKE THE PHONE USEFUL..switching to Razr Maxx

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