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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Update Nightmare Continues



As many of you know, I have problems with both my Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the fact that it hasn’t been updated and over these past few days, my Verizon Galaxy Nexus update nightmare got a whole lot worse.

When I travel, I like to bring both of my phones with me in case one dies and I need to find directions or make a phone call or text or I need to snap a photo. I did that this weekend taking along my iPhone 3GS and my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Sure enough, my iPhone died and I was left with old faithful, my Galaxy Nexus.

I almost wish I hadn’t turned it on.

Read: The Worst Part About the Wait for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Update.

I’ve been having issues with my device since launch and over the past few months, the problems have proceeded to get worse.

A few days ago, I detailed how my experience with Galaxy Nexus has gone from bad to worse. The microphone issues that were occasional at first started to become more frequent. My battery life has gone from atrocious to even more atrocious. And random reboots happen frequently.

No update. And, oh look, no 4G either, for whatever reason.I had left my Galaxy Nexus off during all of last week because of how frustrated I was with it and with Verizon for not providing any sort of information about an update.

With my iPhone 3GS dead, I had nowhere else to turn and so I decided to take the plunge and flip on the Galaxy Nexus. Well, not only was I greeted with an immediate reboot, the phone tried to outdo itself by rebooting five times in one day alone.

I’d open the music application. Reboot. I’d open the camera. Reboot. And what’s worse is that the phone seems to like to do this at random. Opening the Music or Camera app often works. But sometimes they just decide not to.

The whole experience is like walking on eggshells and it’s tiresome.

And then, today happened.

Sony began rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Xperia arc and Xperia neo, two relatively obscure Android smartphones.

Thing is, this isn’t any old version of Android 4.0, it’s Android 4.0.4. The piece of software that Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners have been waiting for since December. A piece of software that’s already on the Sprint Galaxy Nexus.

What? How is this even possible? The Xperia arc and the Xperia neo now have a more recent version of Ice Cream Sandwich than the Galaxy Nexus?

Infuriating. Unbelievable. Puzzling.

Read: Wait for Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0.4 Update Gets More Bizarre.

And it’s a nightmare and it’s one that won’t be ending anytime soon, not even when Verizon decides to release an update for it. Wondering why?

Google I/O is next month and Google is rumored to be announcing Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, its next version of Android.

If it has taken Verizon nearly five months to release a simple bug fix update for the Galaxy Nexus, I wonder how long I’m going wait for Android 5.0 on the Galaxy Nexus.

Six months?

A year?




  1. Rick

    05/29/2012 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks for the validation. I am seriously disappointed in all things Verizon. If you phone is not “Droid” you are the preverbial red-headed stepchild. I also have been waiting for my Nexus to update for 5 months. Last “nexus” branded device I will buy…extremely poor support.

  2. Hidroid

    05/30/2012 at 12:39 pm

    If you are having that many issues then you need to do a warranty replacement. While the update will fix some issues it’s not going to fix everything you are experiencing. I did a warranty swap and it runs almost perfectly. I do agree that this update is long overdue and I’m happy that Verizon has finally taken care of the Gnex users.

  3. ViperStrike

    06/06/2012 at 5:21 am

    Well I have the update and let me tell you it fixed nothing. If any thing they are worse. Unable to use LTE even when showing full bars because it either freezes up, refuses to respond or searches for service after. 2 or 3 minutes. I am done with the Google operating system and Verizon after bring ripped off for $300.00+ for nothing more then a over priced CDMA phone I refuse to give either one if them any more of my money. Screw them both

  4. JJT2200

    06/07/2012 at 7:50 am

    I agree. I have been waiting for the 4.04 update for some time now. My phone would reboot for no reason, my camera would not respond causing me to reboot. The signal strength was poor at its finest and could not make up its mind if it wanted 3g,4g, or no service at all. An the mic issue is very annoying. To top it all off, my phone does not even ring all the time when a call is incoming. My wifes Gnex has all these same issues plus really, really bad battery life. with no use it dies after 6 hours of standby. That is after assurance replaced her phone. Got the update to 4.0.4 and nothing got fixed. my email works better at least right!!!!! the one thing i hardley ever use on my phone. I think I am going to switch to the razor maxxx. The Gnex failed IMHO to impress me. I had high hopes for it.

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