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Download: New EK06 and EK04 Radios and Bootloader for the Galaxy Nexus

 

New LTE and 3G radios have been leaked within the last few hours along with a new bootloader for the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. It’ll be tough to tell with Big Red’s 4G network having issues across the country, but these should help to improve your signal strength and call quality.  

Download:  403radios_btldr.zip

Instructions:

*You need to have an unlocked bootloader and should probably be rooted so that you can make a backup first. You can get all of the information to do this in our Guide to the Galaxy Nexus.

*Warning – Flashing these files while the network is having issue may not be the best idea just yet. I’m sure after doing so that your phone will have to resync itself with the network and that could pose a problem, basically leaving you without data. These files aren’t going anywhere, so you may want to wait just a bit before doing this.

1.  Download the file from above and drop it on your SD card.
2.  If you have not permanently installed recovery, head into ROM Manager and flash a recovery again.
3.  When that finishes, reboot into recovery.
4.  Scroll down to “backup and restore” and select it. Then choose “backup” to make a backup.
5.  When that finishes choose “install zip from sdcard.”
6.  Then “choose zip from sdcard.”
7.  Locate the “403radios_btldr.zip” that you downloaded and select it. Choose “yes” to install it.
8.  Recovery will now flash the .zip file which will give you updated radios (3G and 4G) and a new bootloader.

*If you are watching your screen during this process, you may notice that it appears to freeze up during the LTE portion. Just be patient and let it finish – do not battery pull.

9.  Reboot your phone and head into the About screen to check for the new EK06 and EK04 radios.

*Note – If this seems to break something, you can always use fastboot to flash the stock files that were released by Google. Those instructions are here.

Via:  MyDroidWorld

Cheers jnyce!

  • Marc

    Ok, thank you kindly.  Will holler at you if I need help lol.  Will do this, this afternoon.

  • Anonymous

    Does anybody know what the other two circles are between the galaxy nexes front facing camera and the ear piece. 

    • Marc

      One has to be the light sensor, I believe

    • Bert336

      sensors

      • Anonymous

        Will it matter if they are covered by a screen protector?

  • Tblain

    Anyone tried this yet, now that the network is back up?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Mcclain/1463591684 Jim Mcclain

      not worth the gamble to mess this wonderful phone up, just wait for the update

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Mcclain/1463591684 Jim Mcclain

    just got my new exrended battery in the mail for my galazy nexus  

  • justin thomas

    my 3g isn’t work on the new radio but 4g is fine… is it a network problem?

  • emdubs

    From what I was reading these code updates help with switching between radios, not with signal strength itself at all. If this is true you shouldn’t see ANY gain in db, but you should see your gnex more quickly deciding to switch up to 4g or down to 3g when necessary. Although this is a radio (and bootloader update), you should think of it as a battery update because you will spend much less time and power hanging out in “no data land” pushing out power to a signal that is too weak to use. I am on a custom lte 4.0.3 and it did NOT have the radio updates. pushing them now (but im not in a 4g area, so i expect to see zero difference.

  • Marc

    I was trying to unlock and root my phone at work but I think I’ll hold off.  I was following the steps one by one for the android sdk but I’m just afraid im gonna screw something up.  I wanted to try these new radios but I think I’ll wait for 4.0.3. and read up more on doing this unlocking.  I do want to fully utilize my phone and thats 1 reason I bought it but its been 2 years since the last android device i’ve owned.  I had it rooted but it seems a little more complicated now.

    • Vaglvr

      try doing superboot. it’s much easier.

      • Marc

        care to point me to instructions and I’ll be glad to try it :)

        • Vaglvr
          • Vaglvr

            it should be noted that installing the samsung driver makes installing the android 1.0 driver redundant. also you may not see android 1.0 listed under your device manager. in any case i installed the samsung usb driver and had no issues following the other steps.

          • Vaglvr

            oops disregard my previous statement. DO install the pdanet drivers then uninstall the program. however you will probably not see android 1.0 driver listed as step 11 says. i read on other forums that lots of people didn’t see it on their windows 7 pc, like mine. hope this helps!

          • Marc

            lol so basically do ALL the instructions, correct?  And Dan, did you use the superboot or the other way

          • Vaglvr

            to reiterate, yes follow the instructions step by step…just “ignore” step 11 if you don’t see it. i followed the same instructions step by step as well. 

          • Marc

            Thank you, I’ll attempt that when I get home this afternoon.  I need my phone at work haha.  That does look a lot easier.  Question is, why wouldn’t everyone use this method instead of the android sdk method of unlocking the bootloader, it seems more complicated.

          • Dan Letsch

            I was a little intimidated at first, but it was really simple, more so than the directions look and it only took about 5 minutes.

          • Flyinion

            For me, there’s a slim chance I might get into development or something on the phone so it was worth it to set up the SDK and use ADB.  I followed all the instructions listed last week in the various posts and it was extremely easy.  As far as the other method I really didn’t want to install some thing called pdanet just to root my phone then uninstall it.  

            All those instructions are doing is making it slightly faster to do the actual rooting, but taking out the slightly more involved setup for the SDK.  The other bonus to figuring out ADB is if you have any issues saving files to your Nexus from your computer through Windows Explorer, setting up the SDK and being able to use ADB will work great for pushing files over.

  • Hunter Wilson

    I have not experia?nced any radio issues, so I think I will hold off installing this for now. I will be interested to see what official 4.0.3 has .

  • Anonymous

    Did the update put anyone else’s phone into airplane mode upon rebooting? I was texting my wife before I applied the update so I know that I had airplane mode off before I applied the update and rebooted.

    • Jason

      I just did it but I’m not seeing your problem. Installed fine I’m just not seeing any improvements, I was getting -105 now I’m down to -112 so who knows. Im in jacksonville, fl was seeing good strength with the Rzr before gnex but it could just be vzw, doubt it though

  • Anonymous

    Got ‘em but will wait ’til the smoke clears. Users on various sites reported bricks after flashing but could have very well been from the outage.

    BTW – Rockland County, NY – got LTE back on my GNex around 10am EST.

    • PC_Tool

      Running these radios now.  Have not been affected by the outage and have been using 4G all morning.  (flashed the radios last night)

      Bird’s Rootzboat 4.0.3 V4 with Achilles 2.3 kernel – 4..0.3 radio

      • Anonymous

        Notice any improvement?

        • Jason

          I wasn’t noticing any improvement at first and was initially worse, -105 before -112 after but now I am up to -99 dbm so a slight improvement. At least it wasn’t painful to do. The back up before you install the new radios is the longest part but 5 minutes total soo might as well

          • Anonymous

            Does a ROM manager backup include the radios though?

          • Jason

            I wasn’t sure on this and did some digging around in the forums and it looks like rom manager does not mess with the radios. but if you are flashing new custom roms they should be adding the newer radios to there roms. they have the stock files in here on DL so if something were to happen you can just flash the stock file. I had zero problems with this. I wouldn’t be to worried.

          • Anonymous

            True, thanks for the help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1285727956 Adam Montes

    can this radio be applie to OG droid?

    • gorexinfx

      I hope you’re kidding…

    • Anonymous

      if you have to ask you shouldnt be playing with flashable radios.

    • Anonymous

       Dude!!!  Your joking right?

    • Stewie

      Ask your kid that you’re holding in the picture, her answer will be the rule. In fact, ask her about any serious decisions that you make for your tech hardware….

    • Anonymous

      To answer your question in a non-sarcastic, non-snide way: No. Absolutely not. These radio flashes are for the Galaxy Nexus only. DO NOT try to put it on your OGD.

    • Anonymous

      Oh no… I flashed this on my Thunderbolt and now it’s bricked.
      .
      .
      .
      .
      This guy was just kidding… lol

    • Anonymous

      The good: You were smart enough to ask before bricking your phone.
      The bad: The front page of DL isn’t the best place to ask, because now everyone knows you’re a noob.

      I guess 1 out of 2 ain’t bad…

  • Anonymous

    My girlfriend sitting next to me on 4g with tbolt. My nexus on 3g. I think this is a nexus problem…well obviously

  • Anonymous

    Now THIS is what I like to see. Its good to see posts about mods(and kernels, radios and ROM’s).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Mcclain/1463591684 Jim Mcclain

    I think i’ll wait on the update, not going to mess a new phone up,not worth it

    • Anonymous

      +1, I’m satisfied with the connection aside from the interruption this morning. I’ll wait for the official update.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nadeemqasem Nadeem Qasem

      the nexus isnt the phone for you, if you think this will mess it up

      • Dan Letsch

        Just because somebody does not feel comfortable flashing radios does not mean the nexus is not for them.  While this is billed as a dev phone, there are plenty of qualities of for other people.  This is the first smartphone I have ever owned, and it is all still a little intimidating.  I did unlock it first, but have not rooted it yet as I have not seen a reason to.  I will not be using these radio files at the moment, but still plan on keeping my Nexus.

        Quick question, does rooting the phone wipe it like unlocking does?

        • Marc

          I do not believe rooting itself wipes it, but unlocking bootloader does

        • Stewie

          Rooting no, but you have to unlock the bootloader TO root. . .

          When they release 4.0.3, then you will get these radios anyway …

          • Mike

            You can root without unlocking the bootloader.

          • Steve

            I don’t think you’re right about this one.

          • Stewie

            Uh, no, plain and simple:

            You can unlock and not root, but you must unlock to get root.

        • Jason

          Unlock wipes, root does not

        • Anonymous

          Very good points

        • Anonymous

          I don’t have any problem with rooting or roms but this leaked radio update seems like a bad idea. I read about it last yesterday and I’m hearing mixed results. Some are claiming to have 3G connectivity issues after the radio update.

          Overall leaked radio updates, while tempting, are probably a bad idea. The official update containing these radio updated should be here soon.

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

          ….phones are intimidating?

        • Anthony Armando

          reason to root: to use setcpu to downclock the CPU while the screen is off and the phone is idle. this will drastically increase battery life. even after playing shadowrun for an hour, about 30 minutes of web surfing, 30 minutes of youtube, an hour of talking, random text messages, and switching between 3g and 4g based on need i still have 25% battery (extended) from morning until bed without a charge.

          • Roshan John

            so how do u do this? i just finally rooted my phone

      • lightlong

        That’s harsh. Just because someone doesn’t need to tweak their nexus to infinium doesn’t mean the nexus isn’t for them. Sheesh.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed – especially with radios

      • Anonymous

        It’s understandable Jim Mcclain being cautious – I do recall I ended up solving your issues when you tried to unlock the bootloader, after all. Please don’t ask for help when you can’t solve something in one thread, then make out like anyone who is cautious shouldn’t have a developer phone.

        • Anonymous

          Daaaaamn that was harsh.

          But well deserved.

      • Anonymous

        you really think everyone is rich? 

      • Insect Overlord

        this website isn’t for you if you feel someone shouldn’t have this phone just because they’re not as tech savvy as you think they should be

      • Anonymous

        Not everyone buys a Nexus Galaxy just to hack it up. Sorry.

  • Anonymous
  • Anthony White

    This may seem like a dumb question but I’m a bit confused here. Are these radio files coming in 4.0.3? If so, will me flashing them NOW then later updating to 4.0.3 when it’s released mess anything up?

    • http://twitter.com/PSchrader Paul Schrader

      Was wondering the same thing

    • Anonymous

      There are no dumb questions. They are the same radio files, they are straight out of the 4.0.3 release. It won’t mess anything up later.

  • http://twitter.com/OreWaZero Christopher Zoellner

    Worked like a charm

  • http://twitter.com/PSchrader Paul Schrader

    I rooted my OG droid after all the major updates so I have never experienced this but does the phone still receive the official updates as lock as you are running the stock ROM? I am curious because I want to wait to get the update instead of installing these myself and wasn’t sure if I would receive the update after having rooted the phone.

    • http://twitter.com/PSchrader Paul Schrader

      As long*

      • jonathan caruso

        On the OG Droid, you’d still get notifications to update. The ROM Developers eventually blocked the notifications from hitting your phone (usually because you were already updated to the latest OS in their ROM)

        • http://twitter.com/PSchrader Paul Schrader

          Good deal, thanks Jon

          • jonathan caruso

            Oh – btw. What I ultimately meant by that was that as long as your rooted and not on a custom ROM I would imagine you would receive the update. That’s how it was on the OG Droid, but can’t speak on the Nexus as I haven’t rooted mine

    • http://twitter.com/PSchrader Paul Schrader

      Anybody know? A simple yes or no would suffice.

    • Jason

      If you do not put any custom ROM’s on the root and unlocked bootloader will not have any affect on the OTA updates. Most ROM’s have it built in to ignore them as they have already had the updates installed in the ROM so you will not get the annoying reminder to install the update every 30 minutes

  • David

    Can this be downloaded even if I’m rooted?

    • David

      Nevermind, just saw my answer.  Need to be rooted, but should probably wait anyway.  

  • Marc

    I have horrible 3g signal, could care less about 4g as its not available in my area.  Should I root and unlock my bootloader for these new radios?  Are they helping 3G reception at all?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

       These new radios are for both 3G and 4G.

    • Dshudson

      Visually, numbers/bars ext. this made no difference at all.. 

      • Marc

        Well visually I dont care about the bars, I just know im getting -120dbm which is horrible.  I was hoping 3g would improve with new radios.  Didnt you say earlier that yours improved?

        • Scottholstein Sh

          Same as you. no 4g just 3g. -120 db. loaded these radios…no improvement  :(

          • Marc

            Scottholstein, thanks for the reply.  I was really hoping for different news.  Just in case the new update wasnt going to work, I went ahead and ordered the Verizon Network Extender for my house.  That should boost me enough to be ok.  Hopefully it comes in today.

  • RW-1

    May the assumption be made that if you’re unlocked and rooted and flashign this new bootloader (besides the radios) that you will remain unlocked upon the reboot?

    • Anonymous

      Even if not, the cool thing is it takes about 2 minutes to unlock and put SU back on.

    • PC_Tool

      You will remain unlocked and rooted if you were unlocked and rooted prior to flashing.

      Tested and working.

    • Jason

      Just did it, took 5 minutes, bootloader still unlocked, still have root

      • Marc

        any improvements?

        • Jason

          I wasn’t noticing any improvement at first and was initially worse, -105 before -112 after but now I am up to -99 dbm so a slight improvement. At least it wasn’t painful to do. The back up before you install the new radios is the longest part but 5 minutes total soo might as well

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Robertson/1571088713 Mike Robertson

    What SD card are they talking about, because from what I’ve read it doesn’t have one, so how are you flashing anything from SD? Please someone enlighten me, because this has been a major concern to me…

    • Adam M

      The internal memory is referred to as the SD storage

    • Adam M

      When flashing, the phone is able to read the “SD memory”.  However, I haven’t flashed a rom yet that required wiping the memory.. probably will have to do via adb

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Robertson/1571088713 Mike Robertson

        Thanx, I’m uneasy about getting Gnex because of this, I mite wait for HTC Edge

        • Dshudson

          Don’t be.. this phone is fine.. trust me. I love it and have absolutely no issues at all. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Robertson/1571088713 Mike Robertson

            Thanx Brotha

          • Tim242

            That’s a stretch. Battery life is horrid, even with the 2100 mAh battery. I hope they fix that in this next update.

        • Anonymous

          judging by your knowledge of the way android works, you may want to reconsider rooting at all.

          it would take two minutes and astro file explorer to figure out that the “sdcard” folder is your phone’s internal (see: only) memory

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Robertson/1571088713 Mike Robertson

            What you seemingly don’t know is that I’ve been rooted for more than a year and have modified many things on my Dinc, on it shows separate internal and SD memory. Pretty presumptuous on your part.

          • Anonymous

            congrats on your unrevoked one click (just because you can acheive root doesnt mean you actually know how the android system works.)
            on the droid incredible, there was interal storage in addition to the sd card. but other than the rom, android doesnt need any internal storage – only an sd card. what youre seeing is the result of getting the galaxy nexus’s internal memory to be treated as an sd card.

          • Jason

            who are you to be passing judgement? People come here to learn as I did 2 years ago with the OG and people being smartasses to newer people that are trying to learn do not help the android movement. If you are that informed on the inner workings of how android works than you should just share your knowledge and leave your smartass comments.

    • babadush

      There’s a symlink between partitions so it’s like a virtual sd card

  • tyguy829

    If I flash these new radios, then later revert to a nandroid backup made before flashing them, will the radios go back to the old versions?  Just don’t want to get screwed when vzw releases the official update…

    • RW-1

      I’ve never seen the nandroid back up the radios, but I could be incorrect …

      • tyguy829

        thanks!

    • Adam M

      nandroid does not back up the radio, you can however re-flash the old radios.  

      Download the stock 4.0.2 image from droid-life.com/2011/12/16/how-to-unroot-the-galaxy-nexus-re-lock-the-bootloader-and-return-to-a-factory-state/

      Unzip it to your sdk platform tools folder (you’ll have to unzip it twice)
      Make sure the files are not in their own folder, but actually in the platform tools folder where your adb and fastboot are

      Then,

      adb reboot bootloader
      fastboot flash radio radio-toro-i515.ek02.img
      fastboot reboot-bootloader
      fastboot flash radio-cdma radio-cdma-toro-i515.ek05.img

      Then just power button on the start screen. Verify in about phone>status 

      • tyguy829

        thanks!

      • Unexpected62

        do you mean adb reboot bootloader in line 3?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594727685 Matthew Marshall

    Do you have to wipe anything before doing this? Like cache or dalvnik?

    • Dshudson

      No

  • Anonymous

    so there are 2 radio files, 3g and 4g, which one do you flash first? does it matter?

    • Dshudson

      the one zip does all 3 things

      • Anonymous

        excellent. thanks. im going wait for 4g to pop backup in los angeles…

  • http://twitter.com/AndroidScottRox Andrew Scott

    Have most people rooted their Nexus? 

    • Anonymous

      Unlocked, Rooted and CWM Installed literally as soon as I got home with the device.  With the amount of development going on over at XDA and Rootzwiki this phone will have enormous ROM support.  So if you are into ROMing/Modding than root is a must.  Hell even if you run stock having Root for Titanium Backup and AdFree is well worth it in my opinion.

      • Anonymous

        Ditto here. The irony is ROMs won’t concern me. I ROM’d everything else to get to a stock experience..With a Nexus, no need. but Root is never a bad thing to have, especially for a number of apps including those you mention. CMW is a must for new kernels and tweaks.

        • Anonymous

          I agree.  If i do ROM it will be an AOSP ROM that is deodexed and has some features like Reboot Options and Power Controls in the Notification bar but other than that I prefer the stock experience as well.  I’m hoping they roll 4.0.3 to us soon.  I loaded up birdmans 4.0.3 and the UI is MUCH smoother on 4.0.3, but eventually flashed back to the stock 4.0.2.

        • Anonymous

          Same here. Not interested in ROMs at this point. Considering it’s a Nexus, they will most likely be more buggy than the stock build anyway.

          Rooted for the same reasons. I love this phone, took my DX mountain biking with me yesterday as a GPS unit. Even using it for that short time made me cringe a little.

          • Anonymous

            TOTALLY agree with you here. I pulled out the DX last night to load the ICS ROM for fun, it had Liberty DX which i used to think was so fast;  was cringing…nearly threw it at a wall a few times. Man we get spoiled easily.

        • babadush

          I flashed pure stock rom on here. I did it for a kernel

        • Anonymous

          Agreed – but will be interested perhaps in OC’ing this bad boy.

          • Anonymous

            Hahaha only if we get a good UV kernel otherwise it won’t last 3 hours.

          • Anonymous

            True, lol. Got the extended battery + door. Not much thicker at all, and I get a couple more hours. Worth getting IMO

          • Anonymous

            I have it. Unfortunately the extra life is about as additional as the extra thickness .

          • Anonymous

            lol. I know, but we have to take all the battery we can get. I was starting to get used to running through 3 OG batteries a day.  :p

      • http://twitter.com/AndroidScottRox Andrew Scott

        I rooted my OG Droid a long time ago but I’m a little hesitant to root my G-Nex. I think it’s more of a matter of being comfortable with the process. I used super one click on my OG and it was perfectly streamlined. I gotta say, I’m a little intimated with the current process. 

        • Anonymous

          If you aren’t familiar with ADB shell and fastboot protocols I wouldn’t jump in with both feet.  Take some time with fastboot and abd with your old OG and get some experience.  There are plenty of resources to teach you how the adb shell works and how the fastboot protocol works.  Basically if you don’t feel comfortable that you could restore your phone from being bricked with the factory images I would hold off for an easier method.

          • http://twitter.com/AndroidScottRox Andrew Scott

            Very well put! I need to do some research. I loved my OG more and more after I rooted and started flashing ROMs. I think it’s a different experience with the Nexus since really I was just using ROMs to keep my previous device on life support. 

        • Anonymous

          It’s actually not that bad.  Just follow the instructions step-by-step and you should be good to go.

        • Anonymous

          The biggest obstacle to rooting the GNex is getting adb setup & working properly. There are multiple resources for instructions on how to do this, just google it. Once you get your computer to “see” the device, it’s just a matter of copy/pasting adb commands into the command prompt window.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t and not sure if I really plan to…

    • PC_Tool

      Aw hells yeah.

      I’ve flashed more roms on this thing more times than days I’ve had it.  Got the new radios too. 

      …of course, I did the same thing on my Fascinate, so no surprise really. 

      Addicted to flashing…

  • Anonymous

    Be aware if you reflash that doing a factory reset will wipe your internal storage, including the “sdcard” partition!

    • Dshudson

      That would suck! 

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been wondering about this for a long time. Dang that sucks. 

      • Anonymous

        It’s not that big of a deal, just backup your stuff to your laptop if you need to do a factory reset. Was just warning people before they find out on their own like it did. :)

        Luckily for me I didn’t really have anything on the phone yet.

        • Anonymous

          I learned this the hard way. I lost a video I took of my sons first grade Christmas show due to unlocking and factory resetting my phone after taking the video. I was so used to everything being safe due to having an SD card in all my other phones that I forgot to backup my stuff. Oh well, won’t happen again!

        • Anonymous

          Ah yeah, I guess I have to get used to that. Not that I fill up a ton of space that quickly but with so much ROM flashing in the future it’s going to take some extra time import/exporting data. I was hoping the virtual SD partition would stay safe through all that. Thanks for clearing that up!

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

          I JUST learned that when i went to go delete an old back up, and it was gone since I actually restored that backup

  • Anonymous

    In NYC haven’t had problems with 4G dropping or poor phone quality thus far on my GNEX whatsoever. It works like a dream compared to my DX; couldn’t wait to be rid of the thing! I’ll just wait for 4.0.3 to roll out..

  • Anonymous

    This radio will help more with handoffs than signal strength. That’s the next one….smh.

  • Interstellarmind

    this may be an obvious answer, so, please humor me… but wouldn’t getting a new bootloader require it to be unlocked again? or is the “lock/ unlock” thing seperate from the bootloader?

  • Nybandit2000

    This didn’t do much for me. I only have 3G in my area so I can account for that. I was at 93db to start and still at 93db after flashing. Not complaining tough cause at least I am not at 107db like some. Just wanted to throw that out there for FYI!

    • Anonymous

      Funny. -93dBm seems to be where I live.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705034 Jeff Simpson

      zomg, 107dBm would be amazing. 50 MEGAWATTS!

  • Dshudson

    This will not wipe my phone correct? 

    • Anonymous

      Don’t quote me, but I don’t think so. I haven’t flashed anything on my G-Nex yet, but flashing radio firmware on my Thunderbolt did not wipe the phone.

    • Anonymous

      correct. it only affects the radio.

    • Nybandit2000

      No it didn’t wipe mine.

    • Jothen2002

      My experience has been no…only when I unlocked the boot loader….

      • Dshudson

        Here it goes.. I WAS at 109dbm

        • Dshudson

          The results are in.. NOW at 83 dbm but before i was connected at 4g now it is in the same location connected at 3g.. does the results vary 4g/3g? 

          • Dshudson

            Seem to have a stronger signal, but lack of 4g.. probably related to the network issue. I had no problem before this.. but i’ll give it a go for the day. 

          • Dshudson

            ok, back on 4g NOW 110dbm.. Made no difference as far as the numbers are concerned, but I will stay with it.. I will be able to tell better from home. 

          • Dshudson

            Mind you I work in a hospital.. lol 

          • Dshudson

            I just walked outside and had 78dbm on 4g.. not to shabby

          • Anonymous

            Yes, you cannot compare 4G and 3G signal strengths.  Check out Anandtech’s article on Gnex signal strength for a more detailed explanation!

          • Dshudson

            Thx, yes, I realized that now. 

  • gadgetryan

    On a side note: if you have a back up from CWM with the old radios and  you flash the new radio, and you want to restore your back up it will not work. you will get a MD5 Mismatch error. You may want to do a back up of your phone right after you install the new radio. 

  • GNEX(MOTOX)

    @kellex:disqus If you have not read, please do so…    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5254/investigating-the-galaxy-nexus-lte-signal-issue

    The galaxy nexus shows you your real signal actually, not a a placebo for “i have amazing signal and therefore 4g.” It is the most accurate out there so stop saying there is something wrong. 

    • Ybdri
    • Jarred Sutherland

      THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG. Period. 

      The 3G radio on the Nexus has significantly worse reception compared to other devices. Yes, this has been tested by setting the phone to CDMA only and checking the signal, not to mention other devices getting signal (period!) and being able to make calls, get data, while the Nexus is totally unable to do that. 

      The guy that wrote the story continually ignores people who have posted the above results, basically calling them idiots b/c he can’t manage to read that they are setting the device to CDMA only. 

      • Ybdri

        Man, I really hate people who can’t read before they post. Brian didn’t ignore it, he just hasn’t FINISHED the comparison of CDMA online.

        “I
        still haven’t finished coming up with some intelligent conclusions/data about
        EVDO at all. Via 7.1 is a new part in the US, and that’s where I think people
        have seen voice issues and 3G data problems.

        -Brian”

        • Jarred Sutherland

          It’s amazing, he states this in the story but then continues to tell people they are wrong in the comments when they have obviously switched the phone to CDMA from CDMA/LTE.

          Yes, I did read the article. Try again.

          • Ybdri

            “Try again”?? That doesn’t even make sense. We have to wait until he or someone else puts together a full review with some data for CDMA online. I agree, I have a DX and Nexus sitting side by side on CDMA only it appears my DX has better signal, but I have not taken the time to do a full review, record, and quantify my data. My point is don’t jump on the poor guy for a review, if you want to complain put together your own article or wait until he compiles a CDMA only one. Then if he’s wrong, by all means pounce on him.

    • Drazyw

      I could care less about bars, numbers or any of that BS, but when I set my Razr and Nexus down beside each other and my razr is happily downloading at 10Mb/s on 4g and my nexus is sitting there downloading at 700kb/s on 3g and will never get a 4g signal, there is a problem. PERIOD.

      • Anonymous

        In cdma only area , wifes razr pulls down allways over 1,000 kbps while the GNex gets 400 – 700 kbps .

        Battery life is horrible on the GNex as is the camera, speaker, display must be at least half brightness or higher onvthe GNex or it looks really dull . The razr and galaxy II make the GNex look dull .

  • Anonymous

    I remember with my Thunderbolt that the Nandroid back up did *NOT* include the radio firmware. Is that different with this phone?

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Nandroid does not backup the radio.

  • gadgetryan

    *Note – If this seems to break something, you can always use fastboot to flash the stock files that were released by Google. Those instructions are here.—————

    This is what I love about the Nexus…coming from a Tbolt / X / X2 the process to me seemed longer and more complicated!!

    • Anonymous

      That’s why I love my Verizon Nexus. I upgrade every year and can only hope we will see another Nexus device on Verizon in 2012. There should be one Nexus phone released on all cell companies at the same time.

      • Chris Clancy

        VZW did a great job of pretty much ensuring they never get a Nexus line of phone again after this one.

  • John Hicks

    4G appears to be back up in Tampa.

  • Chucky32

    Do you have to be on 403 to install this?

    • Chucky32

      NM.  Looking at the picture at the top it looks like it works for 402 also.

  • john watson

    Thanks

  • EC8CH

    I quick compared my 3g signal strength on my gnex to my wife’s Dinc, and they were exactly the same… around 83db. So at least for me 3g reception is on par already.

    I also think call voice quality is improved over my OGD.

    Havent had an issue yet with 4g reception but better signal is always good, currently getting around 100-90db.

    • OG Droid

      Is this the results you are getting from the new radio’s? Or is this what your currently seeing on 4.0.2.

      • EC8CH

        Thats what I’ve seen with the older EK05 EK02 radios. I quick compared with my wifes phone this morning and have noticed muck clearer voice quality since switching from the OG.

  • Anonymous

    Foresee any problems using 4.0.3 radios on 4.0.2 builds?

    • gadgetryan

      from what I have read it will work with 4.0.2 builds.

      • Anonymous

        Updated, went thru ‘Android Update’ process after boot.  Marginally better power (-95 now vs -98 earlier).

  • RW-1

    I really have to just finish rooting, was going to flash CWM and root, pushing su.zip, and not worried about temp recovery, but with the absence of any others right now, might just go perm.

  • Anonymous

    Quick question I can’t seem to get answered anywhere.  I haven’t had the time to unlock the bootloader until now, but now I have images and apps and stuff on the phone.  I know unlocking it wipes the phone.  Is there a way to back this info up before I unlock it?

    • RW-1

      Well yeah, connect to computer and transfer, and if you have mtp issues, use wi fi file explorer avail from market to do it …

    • J RIDD

      You need to copy them on your computer. Unlocking will wipe everything, including your internal storage (/sdcard). There is no way to back it up on the phone itself, if you are planning on unlocking, or re-locking. 

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Get a backup app like MyBackup or TitBU and back up the stuff to the SD card, do your thing, reload the app and restore.

      Also, there is a cool app called AirDroid that can allow you to sync stuff to your computer – apps, contacts, music, photos, – so you could back stuff up, do your thing, reload AirDroid, put stuff back.

    • http://twitter.com/Sandelb Kent Blackwell

      You can Titanium Backup the apps and plug the phone in to the ‘ole computer and copy+paste everything off onto a local disk. 

    • vargus21

      You could try one of the backup apps on the market that does not require root. I believe jrummy has a good app out that works a lot like titanium backup, but without requiring root access. Or if you are familiar with adb you could try this method – 
      https://plus.google.com/115995639636688350464/posts/b9ejZegfw8p

    • Anonymous

      This is why I love the Android and the Droid-Life community.  Always ready with a quick answer.  To bad the MTP doesn’t work on windows XP.  I will have to wait until I get home so I can use wifi.  Thanks.

    • CZeph

      AirDroid works like a champ! No cables required. Backs up pretty much everything…

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch Judah Richardson

    Except most – if not all – of the #GalaxyNexus signal strength issues were nonexistent to begin with. See AnandTech’s exhaustive testing and comparisons here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5254/investigating-the-galaxy-nexus-lte-signal-issue

    I’ll wait for this update to come in OTA, but it’s probably just a placebo.

    • RW-1

      bs article, issue is not strength, but quality and auth.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B
      • http://twitter.com/jdrch Judah Richardson

         Touche

    • Irishfascist1986

      I still have a hard time believing its not a real issue, my damn data cuts out everytime i am in my breakroom at work and sometimes on the floor, also a few times a night at home, my thunderbolt never had any of these issues.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Anandtech writing an article does not mean that the problem just disappears. Brian seemed to write a good article, but then refuses to listen to people who have told him over and over in the comments that they have set the radio to CDMA only and compared, not to mention ignoring signal strength completely while on CDMA the phone being unable to make calls while other devices make calls just fine.

      Sorry, but all of the book knowledge about a subject goes down the toilet when real life experience tells you a different story. Disabling LTE, only on CDMA one phone gets signal and can make calls while the other cannot? There’s a problem.

    • Herpderp

      You’re an idiot in denial.

  • Anonymous

    I’m seeing improved connectivity, I was usually consistent around 107 dBm and now I’m consistently in the low 90’s

  • john watson

    Will these radios and such be included in the OTA later.

    • RW-1

      Yes. part of 4.0.3

    • FortitudineVincimus

      IF these are from Dev’s like at XDA, not likely. That would mean they are home brewed by a dev to improve on stock. So VZW wouldn’t have them or push them or even recommend you use them. Again, assuming they are from some dev.

      • Hedney3

        this is just speculation but im assuming that by leaked, we are referring to actual verizon radios that will be in 4.0.3

        • http://twitter.com/tarund TarunD

          Possibly. I’m on 4.03 now (using Pete’s ROM) and just flashed this radio – no issues.

  • Anonymous

    Will do this once the network issues have been resolved. Don’t want to screw up my G-Nex…especially since I just got it! lol

  • Anonymous

    I’m assuming this is another LTE only?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      This will update both 3G and LTE radios.

      • Anonymous

        Sweet, thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/OHPrintMgr AG

    I need to take the time to unlock my phone. I’ve been putting it off since Thurs.

    • Anonymous

      Do it! It really is worth it, and it takes less than 30 minutes.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      If you unlock, you get to play with fun stuff like this when it is released. :)

  • http://twitter.com/canoy07 Eric Canoy

    is the 4G out in the west coast?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I had it when I woke up, but it is gone now. Either that or the new LTE radio hates me.

      • Jason Lee

        My Thunderbolt has only 3G at the moment. So for me (I live in the greater Los Angeles area), 4G is still out.

      • CC_Rs

        I keep seeing people comparing 3g data on these 4g phones to 3g on a 3g only phone which many fail to realize is still an apples to oranges comparison. I have found on my bionic that 3g uses ehrpd instead of evdo as I wojld assume all 4g phones do. I have found no way short of a nation wide outage that will let my phone connect to evdo, comparing evdo and ehrpd directly in my area atleast on my bionic evdo has a dbm of 79 where as ehrpd has a dbm of 108. The speeds I got over evdo as expected where faster as expected with a better signal, directly compared to my OG sitting next to it IDENTICAL results under evdo. I think ehrpd is also the battery life scourge of 4g and dropped 4g as when ehrpd is down battery life increases set to 4g/cdma and the amount of time connected to 4g also increases. Lte is spread thin yes but the true problem for all 4g phones is ehrpd. No one seems to mention this or pay attention close enough as I have never seen it talked about.