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Android 4.0.3 Announced: Better Social App Integration to Contacts, Camera Capabilities, and Polish

Say bye, bye to Android 4.0.2. In the coming weeks, the Android team will roll out the next version better known as Android 4.0.3. Through the new API that has also arrived, developers will have the ability to integrate their social apps into contacts like Google has done with G+ and Google Talk. You can imagine that this likely means Facebook and Twitter updates showing in you friends’ contact pages as well. In other goodies, apps will now be able to access more camera and calendar capabilities while additional polish was added to graphics, the database, spell-checking, etc.

  • Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each. This new API lets apps show users what the people they know are doing or saying, in addition to their photos and contact information.
  • Calendar provider enhancements. Apps can now add color to events, for easier tracking, and new attendee types and states are now available.
  • New camera capabilities. Apps can now check and manage video stabilization and use QVGA resolution profiles where needed.
  • Accessibility refinements. Improved content access for screen readers and new status and error reporting for text-to-speech engines.
  • Incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more.

More:  Android 4.0.3 Platform Highlights | Blog

  • Anonymous

    Nexus = failure

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      Angelface77=wrong

      • Anonymous

        Wrong ! how do you figure? I have said that the nexus is a failure and it was. Look at all the radios problems and it lags like crazy. I am 100 % right all the time.

        • Anonymous

          You seriously think the Galaxy Nexus is a failure? I bought it on release day and I haven’t had any problems with it other than a couple things caused by restoring my OG Droid’s data from Titanium Backup. It’s the greatest electronic device that I’ve ever owned.

          • Anonymous

            ICS by Itself, it will not make a device better. The nexus does not have good radios, build quality and the sound is low.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, however baseband software improvement can improve radio issues. Someone made this comment and it seems to be perpetuating itself.
            The DX radio was a mess and reception was crap when it was first released. Motorola made several software adjustments to improve performance. 
            Too many people have collective amnesia here and are historically myopic. People were saying the same thing about the DX and were claiming they were going to return it and go back to their Blackberries, etc. It was 6 months before the DX was doing well with reception and battery performance. Now its part II with the Nexus and everyone wants to return it and go back to the DX.
            CHILL THE HELL OUT FOLKS. 

          • Anonymous

            Moto fix their devices unlike Samsung lol. Samsung has a history of weak radios, look at their profile.

    • Guest

      …..

  • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      I have the extended battery with the Otterbox Commuter case. Pops on there snuggly.

  • Gadgetgirl5

    Anyone having problems with their new galaxy nexus? Upon reviewing droid life on my phone, the left hand side disappears and when increasing the font size to make it easier to read, the left side disappears (like it is not centered). Also when opening my email app, the emails font overlaps so it
    is hard to read the titles of my email. Lastly going from vertical to horizontal, the response is very slow or not at all. Help! Any suggestions? The verizon guy told me to give it a couple of days/weeks for update to fix my issues but I don’t want to wait to see if whether or not if it is a defective phone or just a software issue that is fixable. 

    • cjacobsen79

      I keep having troubles with mine powering down and getting stuck in bootloop.  I then have to open up recovery mode and whipe all of my data for it to start again.  Anyone else having this problem?

      • Anonymous

        cjacobsen, if you are unlocked and rooted, use ROM manager to wipe both cache and dalvik cache. Or you can boot into recovery and do it manually. This resolved a similar issue on my DX.

        • Cjacobsen79

          I am not rooted or unlocked, probably don’t plan to anytime soon. Can I do that in recovery mode without being rooted. Every time it happens I have to go into recovery mode and while al user data. Hate doing that, it will work if I just clear the cache?

          • Anonymous

            cjacobsen, I am pretty sure you have to unlock your bootloader to be able to clear your caches. But understand something, life is going to be soooo much easier if you unlock AND get root access.#1. You will be able to load apps like ROM Manager, which will enable you to boot into recovery with 2 taps and clear your caches. 
            #2. You will be able to use Titanium backup to create an image of all your apps and settings which would be restored if you wiped your phone.
            #3. You could create a backup image so if anything happened, you could revert to stock and then flash the image of your phone you wanted to restore.

            You will still be able to get platform updates if you didn’t go the extra step of flashing a ROM. So I assure you in your position its best to unlock and root. 

  • Anonymous

    I updated my Android SDK Manager with 4.0.3. Any chance for a for quick tutorial on how to get it loaded into my G Nex manually or is it better to wait for the OTA push?

    • Anonymous

      Whoops, seems the SDK 4.0.3 platform is the version for GSM phones. Guess I’ll have to wait for the CDMA copy to surface here….LOL

    • Anonymous

      Peter Alfonso (who made the excellent GPA rom for the OG Droid), says he has a 4.0.3 rom ready to release, but he’s at his parent’s house with slow internet and won’t be able to upload until he gets home. He also tweeted that 4.0.3 is a lot smoother.

  • http://twitter.com/lennyd43 Why So Serious?

    So will this fix the LTE 4G signal issues that lots of people seem to be having?

    • Anonymous

      I checked out the aspects of the new platform posted from Google and none of them address the baseband aspects of the GNEX. So I think the answer to your question is NO.

      But I am sure this will be addressed soon.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.ie/7fb

  • guest

    So will this update include the ability to start a hangout on Google+ from your phone?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.shepard3 ryan shepard

      already works in g+ messenger

  • Anonymous

    Think I will be returning mine terrible connection in both 4g and 3g and switching between both never had problem with Droidx staying connected and battery only lasting 4 hours thats crappy.

    • Anonymous

      yellow, don’t throw the white flag of surrender so soon. I came from the Droid X too. The DX ALSO had terrible battery life and radio issues at release. There were several updates that eventually improved upon performance and then ROMs that expanded on those. I acquired the DX before the Froyo update and it was lasting 4 hours tops and needed charging mid day. I have a quick suggestion for now. 
      1. Unlock the bootloader and root. The ROMs and toys are forthcoming2. Go into your data and switch to CDMA only. You will be 3G and will get more bars than in CDMA / LTE. Your battery life will improve as it won’t constantly be trying to grab LTE service which is not quite there yet in most cities.

      IMO, this phone is leaps and bounds ahead of where the DX was at release. Don’t step backward, you will regret it.

      • Anonymous

        Not sure I can wait that long even my 3g is even lousy which was really good on the DroidX in the house every now and then the 4g shows up but when it goes from 4g to 3g I lose any phone use.
        Doctors taking my leg at the knee Jan 4th and need it to be reliable wife works 12 hour nights and doctors say it will be up to 6 months for new leg.

        • Anonymous

          Yellow, first let me say sorry to hear about your medical situation. I pray all works out fine for you. Hang tough!
          Because I think the G-Nex is going to improve by leaps and bounds I offer an alternative to returning it so hastily:

          1. Switch your phone to CDMA only in data. I did so and I am getting 3 bars at home where I barely got one. I think this matter will be resolved soon with some baseband improvements.

          2. If you can’t resolve the reception issue at home by switching to CDMA only, keep the G-Nex and switch back to your DX until the matter is resolved, which I am sure will happen in a month or two at the most.

          Follow the threads while you are convalescing and switch back to see if your reception issue is resolved. Worst case scenario, you ride the DX for a couple months and you still have the G Nex to jump into when all is said and done. I am saying this because that is exactly what I would do. I have faith the G Nex is going to be the hottest thing out there for a while.

          Add me in Google if you would like to chat. I just retired and am in college for a medical degree for the second carrer. My Google name is: Emrooz Farda

    • Anonymous

      It’s simply some early 4.0 bugs, totally inevitable. They are pushing updates out at a rampant pace. 

    • STiK

      You all kept bitching at Vzw to release and take your money even if it wasn’t ready. You got your wish :) 

  • RJFrank

    Will we have to un-root to get this?

    • Anonymous

      No, you will be able to get the updates until you flash a ROM. However, you may have to re-root after the update. Sometimes the updates make you lose root access. 
      The only time you lose the ability to update the OS is when you flash a ROM. Devs do that for your protection so the updates don’t crash your ROM. However, if you stay vigilant for ROM updates, you will get improved builds which fix ROM flaws and that play well with new OS builds. 

      Welcome to heaven!

      • RJFrank

        Thanks for the info. Came from the OG and love this phone!

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

        this isn’t always true. i had my thundebolt rooted on the stock ROM and when it installed the update, it went into a bootloop and i had to ROM it

  • Anonymous

    Just out of curiosity–I don’t live in a 4G area–for those of you with signal issues, are you actually having reception problems, or could it simply be faulty software logic that displays the bars?

    • Anonymous

      I think thats the case. I live in a 4G area but I never got more than 1 bar. I switched to CDMA only for now. More bars and better battery life.

      • Anonymous

        That just describes the nature of 4G, though. 4G and 3G coverage maps don’t necessarily overlap–Verizon has a nifty tool on their website to estimate the 4G coverage where you live–and the technology uses significantly more battery power.

    • Anonymous

      Nevermind, already asked and answered by Zep I see.

  • dkuhlman

    anyone know how to get WiFi tethering working on 

    vzw gnex?

    • Anonymous

      Root or pay Verizon for the privilege.

      • Dkuhlman

        Already rooted. Wifi tether, Barnacle, etc. dont work

        • http://twitter.com/BigSassy Eric Palakovich Carr

          It’s a known issue for Wifi tether.  It’s being worked on.  See here:  http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/issues/detail?id=1257

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.ie/7fb

  • Dylan Blom

    anybody check if you can sync facebook contacts

    • Anonymous

      No you cannot hopefully that is what this upcoming update will fix.

      • Anonymous

        There is also an app that will sync your contact pix in the app store. Sync my pix

  • Anonymous

    I sure hope the Samsung Galaxy Nexus update 4.03 is better then 4.02 I like every thing about the phone but the Brightness level in low light in auto brightness. Its way to dark to see. Why is the notification bar so small and the notification bar is alot darker in color and hard to see there are no bright colors in the notification bar, what was bright green is now dull. The GPS, why does samsung not fix the jumpy movement that it has had for a long time. Samsung fascinate was the same way. When driving your arrow moves like a frog, it jumps across the screen. I need GPS for my work it needs to be dead on. Its is far from it. Droid X was so smooth moving. I might return for this reason alone.

    • Anonymous

      I am astounded to hear this. I had the DX from day 1, before Froyo. It was a complete mess relative to the Galaxy Nexus at release. The battery life was equally as terrible and it had all kinds of problems. Hang in there folks.
      You are going to jump ship because the G Nex is not running as perfectly as a previous model that has gone through several OS build improvements!?!
      With your rationale, you should have waited a year before buying this phone. But then another new one would be available. The fun is getting the new model and growing with it / modifying it to suit your particular needs.
      Hang in there peeps. I think this phone has great potential. At stock, its still ahead of my rooted / ROMed DX so I am sticking with it.

      • Anonymous

        i have a charge, thunderbolt DX and DX2 here. and the gnex kills them all i dont know  how so many people are unhappy? I dont get it out of the box updated to 4.0.2 and its still much more pleasant to daily than any of the phones i listed.

  • ViciousKing1914

    So how long do you guys think VZW will wait to put the GNex on a BOGO promo?

  • FortitudineVincimus

    “Better Social App Integration” – great, just what the world needs, more social media crap. One day, mark my words, this whole social media deal is going to implode as it is just to much already. NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS SOCIAL MEDI AND SOCIAL MEDIA INTEGRATION!

    • Anonymous

      Well, they are simply catering to a large portion of their customers who aren’t terrified of their shadows and don’t think social media is “the devil”. 
      You do realize GOOGLE is very much social media oriented right? Google +?!?

    • Anonymous

      this isn’t new, just a requested add-on (Android’s been deeply integrated in social networking since its inception) – Relax, no one’s forcing you to use it. Some like it.

      And like xelandroid mentioned, Google’s pushing Google+ pretty hard on this phone, doesn’t seem like it’s going away anytime soon

  • Anonymous

    Ever since i downloaded the 4.0.2 build my 4g has been really weak. With ny old thunderbolt i got 4g all the time. Now it sucks. Hopefully this new build will fix this issue.

    • Anonymous

      AMEN sir. I shut off LTE and am running CDMA only for now. The battery life is better too.

  • james

    if i root, to enable wallet, remove verizon apps, will i get these OTA updates, or will i have to go back to factory, then update, then root again?

    • Spideme

      I would like to know this as well

      • Brianreeb

        I know in the past with my og droid simply rooting didn’t stop updates it was custom roms that blocked them so you wouldn’t lose root. it was usually downloading those updates that would cause you to lose root access. i dont think google would update to block root access but this is my first nexus so i may be wrong

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=585765043 Andre Brown

          Most devs block ota updates bc they can mess your phone up if your running a custom rom or rooted. The benefits of being rooted is that devs most of the time update their rom’s with the ota before the ota is out. In summary dont worry just keep up to date with the rom of your choosing and you will always be up to date with google.

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      you can disable the apps already.

  • Djstar2k2

    ok speaker loundness and mtp support better(help me find the roght driver)  and is it me or my speaker grill gets super hot on me when in calls

    • Anonymous

      It’s not you. Mine does too. Also when I use apps. I surmise its the processor heating up. It does have a beast in there.

  • Anonymous

    Question: Is anyone able to make screen come on just by swiping your finger across. Mine does it sometimes and sometimes it won’t do it and will stay black. Tried googling it and have not seen question or answer. I usually swipe across bottom and screen will come on and then I unlock it.

    • Anonymous

      none of that here

  • r8rs

    Is anyone else not seeing the lock signal when the phone is booting up. I’ve yet to see this symbol and have not tried to unlock or root yet.

    • Anonymous

      Nope I have not either. 

    • Anonymous

      There isnt a lock symbol.  Only the unlock symbol when you unlock the bootloader.

      • r8rs

        Thanks

  • Will

    Hey question for all of you?!?! Can you lock in desktop mode all the time somehow??? Or are you forced to check it under settings each time you go back to use the internet? My wifes charge has a selectable desktop option to set and forget about it…so far after i back out and come back later it goes mobile again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553490749 Preston Brown

      As far as I know, type “about:debug” in the browser and press go or enter or whatever…then go to the settings and find the option that says “UA String”..change it to “Desktop”

      Again, I know this works on 2.3…no clue about 4.0 ICS

    • Anonymous

      just hit the menu button and request desktop site….

      • Will

        I know, but you have to do that every time you come back to surf the web.  i would think there is a setting or update to make it perm to desktop webpages?!?!

        • Anonymous

          Maybe, But since its so easy to hit the button if there was no option I wouldn’t be shocked.

  • Raven

    So, with “Social stream API in Contacts provider” they are now doing what Blur does, but it is from Google so it is “Good”.  I have always rather like that feature of Blur except that it sucked in every one of my FaceBook friends as well and gave me a bunch of other contacts on my phone that I will never call.

  • Drinksprite

    how about fixing the speaker volume?

    • xyzlene

      volume+ in the market.. the free app does nothing. $1.62 (paid app) to make ur nexus just a little bit closer to perfection… hopefully an ota can fix the lack of volume from  the speaker

      • Anonymous

        …and the battery suck

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    I’m interested to know if anyone is having signal issues on the Galaxy Nexus.  I had the Nexus S 4G from Sprint for a few months, and the signal was horrible.  It is well documented by others on the net, too.  I was going to get a GS II, but then I read reports of other Samsung phones having this same problem. Now, I’m starting to hear about signal issues on the Galaxy Nexus from some.  Anyone else experiencing this?  It may be just a Samsung issue in its entirety. I switched to a Motorola phone, and the signal is stellar.

    • Keith Sumner

      It does seem to be an ongoing problem for Samsung. Moto has very reliable radios, Moto is one of the leaders in the mobile communications industry, they make the police radios in cop cars, long range walkie talkies used in many businesses, the radios in ambulances, fire trucks, etc.

      • Vaglvr

        trolling

        • Guest

          all the time!!

    • Anonymous

      Definitely not trolling.  I have had bad signal issues as well.  Very rarely go above one to two bars.  Battery life on 4G is also horrendously bad.  Even with the extended battery.

    • JJ69chev

      +1

    • xyzlene

      nope it is not you.. everyone on 4g for the gnex is getting 2 bars MAX. be it nebraska or nyc..  i live in nyc queens.. outdoors i get two bars,  two blocks away from a verizon corp store.

      • Somewhere

        thsi is not true, i get 3/4 bars in Corning NY which technically doesn’t even have 4G yet 

    • CK1

      I’ve noticed this as well. The GNex appears to be using the actual LTE signal strength rather than the CDMA 1X signal previous phones used. I previously used a Thunderbolt and noticed slow LTE speeds even with full bars in some areas or fast speeds with 1-2 bars in other areas. LTE on 700mhz has a much further reach and is more efficient so they can space the towers further apart. That’s why we are seeing the low signal strengths on LTE. That said, real world performance seems a little slower, but inline with the thunderbolt. It’s definitely slower with the ookla speed test app for some reason, but similar to, if not faster with the Speakeasy web app. Battery life is pretty bad, similar to, if not worse than the thunderbolt.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553490749 Preston Brown

      I am usually getting 3+ bars…my up/down speeds are 24 Mbps down and 11Mbps up..I haven’t had the problems everyone is complaining about yet. I wouldn’t jump to conclusions and blame it on the phone…I have strong 4G in my area.

  • tjmonkey15

    Ah the joy of owning a Nexus phone :-)

  • Anonymous

    Just curious, is this update LTE only, or will it sail its way over to us GSM folks?

  • Anonymous

    VZW botched my order, shipped an hour ago, now getting it Tuesday. Ugh. Maybe 4.1.3 will be out by then. :p

    • Deiler

      Same here.  I’ve been on the phone with them all  morning.  Ugh.

  • Interstellarmind

    will the image stabilization access coem to the stock camera app?

    LOVING nexus updates. !!!!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I hope so too! That stabilization can get pretty funky.

  • Zebra

    They need to release a Google Music API so I can user other apps (Power Amp) with the Google Music Cloud

    • PC_Tool

      +1 million.

  • Michael Allis

    That’ll be nice, considering that Facebook won’t sync at all for me…

    I do know, however, that the stream is shown for my twitter and G+ contacts right now, so I think this is just an improvement? perhaps it will allow for the statuses to shuffle through or some such wizardry?

  • Jason Purp

    The Galaxy Nexus is the only phone that I am 100% sure was a good purchase. I love it so much.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Rafita.Sandoval Rafa Sandoval

      Definitely :D

      • Dbarden31

        What about the radio? I’ve been hearing ppl not get but 1 or 2 bars most of the time. Well that’s on 4G Idk about 3G

        • King sized

          I’ve gotten 4 bars of 4g in my job just a few hours ago. It works as advertised so I’m happy.

        • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

          yea. where my thunderbolt used to be on 4G at work in limited access area, this one can’t hold it. maybe they need to update the radio

        • Obi_Shwan

          Getting 4 bar 4G all day long in Albany NY..

    • http://twitter.com/EatMoreFat Eat Fat, Get Fit.

      i knew within 5 minutes i was going to love it.

      and i do.

      (that’s never happened before)

  • Youngthinka1421

    Did I mention I love Android

    • QtDL

      Me too!

  • Anonymous

    The best keeps on getting better. :)

  • Anonymous

    This is why I love a nexus. When will motorola catch up, when we already have the next version?

    • James Friedman

      motoblur, motoblur, motoblur…..maybe if they say it 3 times it will all go away

      • Eazy

        U mean not-motoblur

        • James Friedman

          No…that was a jab at motorola

        • James Friedman

          No…that was a jab at motorola

  • Anonymous

    “Going forward, we’ll be focusing our partners on Android 4.0.3 as the base version of Ice Cream Sandwich. The new platform will be rolling out to production phones and tablets in the weeks ahead, so we strongly encourage you to test your applications on Android 4.0.3 as soon as possible.”

    Guessing that could mean after christmas it starts rolling out

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

    They need to do something with the 3G/4G handoff as well. i Used to be on 4G at my job, and now it’ll switch to 4G and show 1 bar, but no data transfer

    • Anonymous

      Verizon is testing a new radio file beyond the one that rolled out in 4.0.2. Don’t know when it’ll get pushed but it’s in testing. 

      • Anonymous

        that’s 4.1 right?

        • Anonymous

          That is the quote, but who knows if that really meant ‘next update’ or the real 4.1 (which is still a good way out). with .03 rolling wouldn’t be surprised if it was part of it. It’s existed for 2 weeks already. 

          While I hands down absolutely love this phone. The Razr does own it, convincingly, in the reception department. Not that it’s been a problem, but side by side I’m lucky to get 2bars LTE on Nex vs 5 on the Razr.

          • Guest

            but zep does that relate to the actual signal or is that just the reading on the phone.  what’ i’m saying is…is it possible that they have the same strength but just different reading on their display??  is there an actual signal reading number in isc???

          • Anonymous

            I knew this would come up. No if you open the status and check signal strength dbm its quite noticeable. But seems to be more LTE related than CDMA. it’s not just the display graph .

          • Guest

            Okay. Thanks for the feedback Zep. Keep up the good work! Enjoy your post!

          • Dbarden31

            So that means 3G works as good as the Razr’s 3G?

          • Anonymous

            Almost, still not quite on par, but not as bad as it seems to be with LTE. The issue appears to be stickiest going 3G to 4G where the 4G isn’t that strong, 4G to 3G is smooth so far. All in all I still haven’t had any serious issues, or no connection so usability is fine. Just side by side, there’s room for improvement.

          • JJ69Chev

            man i hope you’re right and it comes in .03

          • Anonymous

            It’s confirmed you will see a radio update with 4.0.3.

            It should take you to EK04 and EK06 for LTE and CDMA respectively.Further improvements are also being made from those.

          • Guest

            thanks for the info zep!  keep it coming man! you rule!!

          • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

            where did you hear this? just wondering

          • Anonymous

            About ready to break out the flame suit…but I do know people close to the project.

            Since mysid (VZ Nexus) is AOSP supported it actually should be popping up in building soon, if it hasn’t already.

        • Anonymous

          It’s confirmed you will see a radio update with 4.0.3.

          It should take you to EK04 and EK06 for LTE and CDMA respectively.Further improvements are also being made from those.

  • Anonymous

    God I am glad I have a Nexus.

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony

    #3 reason why I chose galaxy nexus…updates before anyone else.

  • Nick

    No NFC love? Still waiting for NDEF formatting issue to be resolved.

  • Michael Forte

    I’d expect to see a lot of incremental updates like this. It is a new OS version afterall. Gingerbread went all the way to 2.3.7 didn’t it?

    • Anonymous

      yeah but not in a month, haha.

  • Pog-Mo-Thoin

    But will this update get me a beer?

  • http://twitter.com/chairthrower Mike Richichi

    Is the implication here as well that we’ll be able to sync Facebook contacts with the People app again?

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      thats up to facebook to use the new API

  • Don

    Please facebook, allow contact photo syncing!

    • Bobert

      Use syncmypix in the market.

      • Adam Wiggins

        Okay, I’ve been using it, but do you get really low res pictures when the contact is pulled up?

        • http://twitter.com/Izaman93 Intesar Zaman

          yeah i’ve resorted to downloading contact photos from facebook to my sdcard. Tedious but its better than the blurry photos

          • http://twitter.com/Section179 Section179

            ive found it easier to go into facebook app, look at a photo, and set it as a contact

          • Anonymous

            Get syncmypix in the market. Its self explanitory when you see it. In the options tell it to get high res pics

          • Adam Wiggins

            Yeah, that’s what we’re talking about.  All my contact photos still show up low res after selecting that option. 

    • http://twitter.com/connorlevens Connor Levens

      Agreed, Don. From what I understand (and this is only what I’ve heard, so if I’m wrong, (someone) please clarify), Google and Facebook aren’t seeing eye-to-eye in terms of syncing profile pictures on Facebook with contact pictures in ICS. Hopefully, this will be resolved in this upgrade. Sounds like it will.

      • Anonymous

        Thats what I am thinking too… This phone is amazing. The only thing thats missing is the contact pictures. It has such a great “people” app but seeing it all blank is just sad. Came from HTC incredible 2 to Gnex and really miss the contact syncing. 

  • Anonymous

    “Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each. This new API lets apps show users what the people they know are doing or saying, in addition to their photos and contact information.”

    FacebooK SYNC addition incoming?

  • http://twitter.com/white_shadow001 Zach White

    wow and I just dled friend castor to sync my contacts

  • BiGMERF

    boy updates coming fast an furious

  • Anonymous

    Awesomeness!

  • WormDoes

    Nexus FTW!

  • Dan Letsch

    So will this be the first update to test how fast Verizon gets them out?

    • http://Twitter.com/eggoespada Eric Gonzalez

      Agreed. Excited to see how this turns out. As it stands, doesn’t the Verizon verison currently have a higher software verison?

    • Anonymous

      I was under the impression that google was sending out the updates…not verizon directly

      • http://twitter.com/belogical2 Be Logical

        me 2, can someone clarify?

        • Anonymous

          Updates are definitely coming from Google.

          • RaptorOO7

            But, there are pre-installed Verizon apps so Verizon may need to verify their apps work properly (they should).  Your right though this will be the first real test to see who controls the Verizon Galaxy Nexus updates.

          • Anonymous

            No matter if there are verizon apps on the phone google will still be controlling the updates!

          • Anonymous

            Google controls the updates. Period. Not trying to sound demeaning, but it’s no different than how Apple controls iPhone updates. Yes there still is carrier certification. No matter who you are you aren’t going to run wild on any network without a look see. It will feel quick though, as they likely won’t acknowledge the existence of said update until it is ready to roll. The fact that  .03 is already being shown means it’s not far off at all. Keep in mind the GSM Nexus is just starting to get .02.  

          • Anonymous

            From what I’ve heard, only 1 variant of the Galaxy Nexus (yakju) is controlled directly from Google. The others go through Samsung and, at least with Verizon, the carrier. So… Google -> Samsung -> Verizon -> You

            But it should still be done in a timely manner as they don’t have to retest everything for a custom UI.

          • Anonymous

            Well in that case you have heard wrong.

          • Anonymous

            That may be. That may be…

          • Anonymous

            No, there was an XDA report about this. However apparently the Verizon version is the Yakju build and thus updates are indeed direct from Google. 
            http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/nbpio/verizon_galaxy_nexus_build_mysid_supported_by/

          • Anonymous

            You can definitely get some good stuff out of XDA from time to time….But you can get better info from people with @ Google.com emails :)

          • Anonymous
          • Anonymous

            Also, looks like mysid(cdma/LTE) and yakju(GSM/HSPA+) 4.0.3 updates were just dumped into AOSP. Good news there.

            http://www.androidcentral.com/android-403-source-code-being-pushed-aosp 

          • Anonymous

            Oh nice, that’s good to know!

          • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

            It’s very obvious that you’re completely lost when it comes to how updates will come out. Personally I would not question Zepfloyd either since he without a doubt has some good info. He’s one of the few people that you can trust what he types. 

          • Anonymous

            k, thanks for that.

          • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

            This one doesn’t go to Samsung. theres no Touchwiz. And it’s not hard to add their 2 apps from verizon lol

          • Anonymous

            Well obviously it’s not going to get TouchWiz but there was an article about how every other GSM Galaxy Nexus other than the base “yakju” gets it’s updates from Samsung and not Google. Fortunately, as Timoh pointed out, the Verizon version will also get it’s updates directly from Google, albeit tweaked as you say.

          • Michael G

            “The fact that  .03 is already being shown means it’s not far off at all.”
            Kind of like when the Nexus was first announced, it wasn’t far off?  ;)

    • JesseGNEX

      Well Must be pretty good I already got the 2 OTA updates lol… in 2 days of ownership

      I did notice the spell checker didn’t know some words like “she” I had to add them.

      The Voice recognition is pretty good but it is NOT displayed in real time not even by a long shot…I noticed the 4g LTE service is strange never shows more than 1 bar… haven’t done a speed test yet but this thing is blazzzing fast on the internet.Aso got the Adobe flash update to 11.1 already from market as well which was nice

      • James Friedman

        No ‘she” wow yeah that needs to be fixed…

        • Anonymous

          I just tested the ‘she’ incident on my Nexus, it does in fact know “she” on my phone…

      • JJ69Chev

        i haven’t had more than 2 bars on 4g, and its anything but “blazing” highest speed i’ve had is 12.91mbps, and I’m in an original 4g city

        • Nakouro28

          Im in a so/so 4g area and I got 22mbps once… The rest is normal 10-15mbps. It is still way faster than 3g. At home I still use WIFI. I have road runner Turbo and i get 15-20mbps on WIFI. And it helps save battery life too!

          • Anonymous

            I get around 40mbps on my gnex with 4g

          • JesseGNEX

            I had 3 bars of 4g and got 18 up and 18 down… pretty happy with that, 40 is insane! Lol

          • Anonymous

            I know right.. so awesome.

    • Anonymous

      Well, the VZ Nexus got 4.0.2 first so… off to a good start I guess.

      • Anonymous

        0.2 probably were all Verizon fixes, this next one should be a better test of both LTE and GSM models get same update.

        • Anonymous

          A couple were but there were general fixes too. The GSM version just updated to .2 today. I think you’re right though. The next one should be a good test. I’d be lying if I said I weren’t a little skeptical.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll word it another:
      Good test to see if Verizon f%cks up Google’s update process.

    • Anonymous

      I got 4.0.2 right after purchasing my phone, and activating it, so that was pretty fast.