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Android Engineer: Verizon is Holding Back Your Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 Update

Android software engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru, who you see mentioned here quite a bit as he handles the AOSP, shared his thoughts yesterday about the update process for Ice Cream Sandwich. He talked about how Sony spends a lot of time contributing to the AOSP, thus the reason for their early update schedule. He also talked about how different Gingerbread and Honeycomb are from ICS “under the hood” which may lead to a more lengthy update process from OEMs this time around.

But then he finished off with a comment that I’m sure will not make you all that happy, but one you sort of figured to be the case at this point. He said that the part of this all that “blows” his mind, is the fact that “some variants of the Google-engineered flagship devices” (read: Nexus devices) still have not received ICS or are stuck on older versions “because of delays introduced by operator approvals.” Can you guess who he is talking about? 

He may not have called out Verizon specifically, but since the Galaxy Nexus and XOOM 4G on their network are the only “Google-engineered flagship devices” not on ICS or that are running an older version of Android 4.0, I’m not sure who else he could be talking about.

Are we surprised at this news? At this point, not at all. We know that Verizon tests their devices more thoroughly than any other carrier, but with a Nexus and a developer tablet, we thought it would leave them with less worries and that the approval process would fly by. It’s tough to believe that any longer as we have gone almost 5 months without seeing a Galaxy Nexus update even though it has a list of critical bugs that we write about almost daily. The XOOM 4G which was the first Honeycomb tablet on the planet, is still stuck on Honeycomb, while WiFi tablet after WiFi tablet across the globe seems to have already been updated to Android 4.0.

The updates still come directly from Google for these devices, but that’s after they get them ready and then pass them off to Verizon for approval before being able to send them out OTA. Unfortunately for all of us, it looks like we will have to continue to wait for that approval.

Via:  Google+

  • parsonbrown11

    Verizon is protecting their users from a deeply troubled OS.

  • parsonbrown11

    Is Queru the “black_man_x?” source for all the wrong stories previously about updates?

  • parsonbrown11

    Actually if you read between the lines here Verizon is protecting their customers from turdsandwich. Verizon is already stuck with the nexus and tablet on crappy google turdsandwich, they don’t want to ruin all their stable android devices. The problems with ics are on all platforms, gsm and CDMA both…….right now they just have us nexus owners to worry about, imagine if half their customers, the lower android versions, suddenly had the myriad of problems the turdsandwich users have? I’m starting to get it with the android writers on these forums, they zealously protect google and blame everybody else. It will eventually be disclosed that the 4.0 fas fatal kernel flaws. Why do you android people so zealously defend a bad product? These are machines. Machines should work, no excuses. Phones that crash can get people killed. This isnt funny and end users don’t know what rooting is, sounds like something a pig does…..and I suspect those builds are bad too or we’d have one by now. Verizon is halting 4.0 because it currently has fatal flaws that they can’t risk infecting the other phones with…….

  • parsonbrown11

    Google has been focused on that dog google+ and now their OS is failing. Turdsandwich is a big bummer.
    I greatly reduced the number of reboots and crashes by looking at the running processes and dumping any non google app that has running processes. Since I dumped all the apps about 4 days ago I havent had a single tile of death reboot. The OS still sucks but the crashing can be reduced by tossing the apps. I suspect the ics kernel has a giant memory leak and/or ram management issues. Hope that helps, sorry we’re stuck this crap. I’m typing is on on iPad that smokes turdsandwich. Can’t wait for the kiddie- flames from teenagers with unpronounceable names. Big LOL

    • Billyrouth2000

      Are you stupid or something?

      • parsonbrown11

        I couldn’t respond to this on the turdsandwich. I’m on an iPad now. Turdsandwich using stock browser, chrome beta, or Firefox not capable of using Disqus or I would have replied earlier. Case and point. Useless flawed toy. On iOS now and replying. Android users, try logging on to your Disqus dashboard and then tell me how great turdsandwich is.

  • parsonbrown11

    I’m stuck with this lemon. Nexus running 4.0.2 on Verizon. I managed to reduce the crashes by trashing most of my apps that had running processes, I kept Facebook and accuweather, tossed almost everything else including the Speaktoit which I think was causing many of the tiles of death crashes.
    The google OS is still crappy, the email client is lovely, displays vertical stacks of one letter emails, stacked , using apostrophes causes garbled text, emails accidentally put to the trash can’t be retrieved, but the trash can’t be emptied. Who designed this junk? This is a class action ready to happen. If you’re an attorney searching for class members, mail me, I want a new phone Verizon! Give m a berry or an iPhone, no more pitiful android.

  • Bristecom

    I knew this would happen. Some told me Verizon wouldnt be directly involved in the updates but I had a feeling otherwise. Annoying…

  • Moninvo

    As soon as my contract ends, Adios verizon!!!.

  • No

    “The updates still come directly from Google” no they dont which is the problem with Verizon.

  • Jlmcc

    from day one we always hear that the updates are next month,then next month comes and we hear no its next month,  a total FUBAR from the start

    • parsonbrown11

      Truly FUBAR……..good choice of acronym. Looks like Verizon and/or google has taken a powder on this lemon.

  • GrrrRrrRRrrr. Verizon, I bought the Nexus so I wouldn’t have to wait this long for an update. When our contract is up, my decision on moving depends on your update schedule. Increase the priority of these updates. I don’t want to root my phone.

  • Really, no 4.0.4 update not found jokes…

  • Tyler Cameron

    Just gonna correct you on one part, T-Mobile doesn’t have unlimited data.

  • Will S.

    I’m still on 4.0.1 up here in canada on Virgin Mobile =(