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Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 Update Arriving May 22?

Could this be the week? According to a handful of readers who either called into Verizon support within the last few days or entered a store looking for help, the Galaxy Nexus is scheduled to receive Android 4.0.4 tomorrow, May 22. One of our readers said that a VZW employee went as far as to show him her screen which mentioned the date specifically.

Are we ready to fully buy into it happening? After seeing 3-4 months of delays and 2 leaks fly by without mention from Big Red, it’s tough to even consider putting any money on this. However, we like to see information flow into our inbox in bunches and that has happened with this 5/22 date. Still take it lightly as these things change and depending on who at Verizon you talk to, you may get 5 different answers. This at least gives us a day to focus on for a brief minute.

Cheers Bill, Derek and everyone else!

  • zeus

    2days gone by and still nothing….. wtf Verizon!

  • destroyer101

    Me to we need to blow that $hit up

  • jawtab
  • Qbanito

    Is everyone enjoying their 4.0.4 update?

    • arc

      Too soon, man.

  • was just in a verizon store, they are selling the nexus with 4.0.4, so that are selling it with the updates, but wont give it to us

    • tik

      if thats true, i’m almost tempted to go in the store and request a new phone. Wonder if they would give it to me if I told them my phone isn’t working right (data sleeping, etc) and I’d like one of their completely updated models.

  • [email protected]

    This is turning out to be just like the initial Incedible phone from VZW. Stringing us along promising update after update until finally everyone says “screw it” and buys a new phone. If this happens again like before I will be very pi$$ed off. Send it out already and fix the problems Verizon. Stand behind your service for once.

  • Beebs42

    As silly as this may be, I just sent a tweet to @VZWsupport and used #FreetheNexus. Maybe, we can use that to get our point across. I figure if it trends, its better than one of those petitions.

    • arc

      I have now, too. Trend, damn you!

      • MikeSaver

        i did it too. does three people make a trend?

        • SlapNuts3000

          Make that four!

          • Act of God


          • Act of God


          • Act of God

            Five, screw them

    • arc

      Let’s also tweet @SamsungSupport, @google, and @android

  • theNewDanger

    This is an example of why unlocked is the best way to go. I wish there were less of a headache dealing with CDMA devices though.

    • InyRules

      When my Verizon contract is up in 2 years I’ll be going unlocked. The Google Play Store should have some nice phones out by then πŸ™‚

  • preston

    I have the nexus and im sick of thw bugs of android had a iphone 4 before im going back to yhe 5 this is rediculous

    • jawtab

      Droid X has no intentions of going to iphone. After this flagship nexus, I actually did. But believe Samsung is just crap or put more energy into form than function. Moving on to Razr Maxx for now!

  • Suckas

    Verizon has your money! Verizon has your money!! They don’t care about your phone, they have your MONEY!! SUCKAS!!!

  • Spoken Wordβ„’

    All this angst over an update tickles me to no end. It’ll get here when it gets here. My Galaxy Nexus has 1 issue and it’s a rare issue; once a week or so it it reboots. I understand that everyone with issues wants them resolved. Hell, I want the random reboots to stop. But “showing out” online isn’t going to make a fix come faster.

    • jawtab

      ever get a your alarm clock app to crash on your nexus? I did. late 2 hrs. awesome!

  • Stewie

    Wow, suprising, no update, wait a minute, I’m on 4.0.4 …. whew!

  • Vattaboy

    May 22 has come and gone…nothing from evil big red. Tired of waiting…love the phone …not loving Verizon. Has ANYONE seen the 4.0.4 or whatever update yet?

  • Packratako

    May 22 my butt..

  • TurdFerguson1

    Just as I suspected, the day had come and gone with nothing to show for it. Thanks again Verizon for giving us the big bone up the arsh. I really like paying all that money for sheight.

  • Sccarlin

    Yet another broken dream…

  • BobMarr

    LAMEEEEE, It’s my update and i want it NOWWWW!

  • jawtab

    I bought a used Razr Maxx.

    Selling my Nexus.

    I’ll use my FOREVER battery life w/ the Razr Maxx MIFI with a tablet if I want a nice screen and internet when traveling.

    I won’t miss you nexus. Goodbye.

    • diobando

      enjoy your 2.3 Android phone, oh and about the battery life in the RAZR Maxx, it last a long a the extended battery I bought my gnex. My buddy at work has the razr maxx and we compare every day and it’s about the same duration. And the thickness is the same. He’s gettinga gnex. Love the gnex.

  • yes Verizon is being annoying saying they are going to send out an update and then dont, dont blame the phone. if some of you really hate the phone that much; sell it on eBay, go buy a new one, buy out of your Verizon contract and stop whining.

    • Jwhap

      Anytime I see a phone I want, I purchase the new phone and sell my old one on Ebay. I may have had 4 android phones over the last 3 years but I keep my phones current as possible.

      • i do too, this is my second android going into 3 years, i am also all about keeping everything up-to-date, laptop, phone, tablet, everything. sure i’m pissed that verizon is taking forever to release the update. every phone has bugs, and thats the point of updates. so i just dont get why everyone is taking it out on the phone when it’s verizon holding back the fix to the bugs

    • you are another fool that worships a pos

  • dx2gnx

    I’m shocked! SHOCKED I say. No, don’t
    speak, it’s too soon. No big deal. (sniff)
    No! Don’t touch me! I’m taking a cab

  • Iny


    So, after my hour long debacle with Verizon tech support, I found an old email of a woman from the email response team that called me back on May 1st. I remember her being very nice, and she’s actually the one that told me around end of May for the update. I decided to send an email back and chronicle to her my frustrations. I just got a call from another woman on the response team, and she apologized for the no information I was given previously. She stated that the reason there haven’t been any update is because Verizon keeps refusing the software Samsung is sending. She stated that their software was causing too many bugs, and was unstable.

    She recounted the old Fascinate, and said that Verizon basically accepted any update for it willy-nilly, and that’s why it was so riddled with bugs. I told her guys doing development as a hobby on the weekend came up with better software, and she laughed and agreed. She then said that for whatever reason, Samsung software is not as good as that from other manufacturers. I told her all the reasons why I bought the Nexus, and she agreed with me on all counts of bloatware sucking, and that there is something being tested now, and that hopefully it will make the ETA the earlier woman told me. These two have been the only people at Verizon that have given me any kind of good information.

    • i’m on my 5th nexus and all have been crap this is the first samsung phone I have owned and it will be my last,worse thing about it is the constant mic cut offs, samsung just threw this thing together,

      • Iny

        That’s kinda what she was alluding to in a nice way. I stopped wanting to receive replacement phones after my 4th Nexus.

        • Jwhap

          not trying to be a douche…..I was having the mic cut off’s. As soon as I downloaded the 4.0.4 leak from two or so weeks ago they mostly have gone away. I know a ton of people hate the whole root your phone crap, but it really did help. I just got tired of waiting and took it into my own hands. Besides setting up the SDK which was the hardest part, it was super simple. I have only had one nexus. I keep seeing folks take them in for what is assumed “hardware issues” but I believe these to be software problems. Hope this helps. I also read you can update this without root but you have to unlock the bootloader.

  • hanes24

    Haha I knew better than to believe this garbage. Screw Verizon, they suck assssssss!!

  • Iny

    This is just a cruel lie. I was on the phone with Verizon for a little over an hour. I worked my way up the tech support ladder, and they didn’t tell me anything that I didn’t already know. I scoffed when they said “Well, let me go to Google.” Dude, *I* can go to Google. I spoke to a tier 2 supervisor, and the most I can get out of him was “They gotta test it on our servers first, so it’s not ready yet.” He also told me that Google doesn’t send the update to all carriers at the same time as not to overload their servers. When I asked why Sprint had the update on their Nexus launch date, he didn’t have an answer for me. He then transferred me to someone above him, and it was the same song and dance about “not having any information” and that Samsung needed to send out the update. It was an hour of “I don’t knows,” “I don’t have that information,” and finally “We’re testing some stuff, but no dates are available.”

  • InyRules

    End of the work day for me, 4:55pm EST, and no update.

    • Jwhap

      Right! I figured. I was going to restore to stock and unroot my phone. But I will wait for a few weeks after the launch, unless it is exactly what I am already running (the leak IMM76K)

  • pat kerby

    well so far its the 22nd and no update again!!! This is such crap i am starting to hate this Nexus!!!

    • Jwhap

      just curious, why do you hate it? The Gnex is a great phone, with awesome software (ics). It is buggy as all get out, well at least 4.0.2. is.

  • like I said before, worse phone ever made, when this contract is up, i’m done with verizon,google,samsung and android , i’m going apple,had it with all this crap,its like android phones are made in someones basement

    • goatodoom

      Worst fun ever made because it didn’t get an update? Sounds reasonable.

      Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

      • you need to educate yourself,then you would know how many things are wrong with it,,,try to think before you talk

        • im with him, whats wrong with the Galaxy Nexus? besides low signal here and there?

          • dude really ?, have you not been reading about all the problems with it ? speaker is a joke as in the camera and radios, reboots,3g to 4g handoffs,hell sometimes when i pressed the text message icon it randomly loads apps, might be the camera or what ever,have to reboot to make it stop,etc etc, have you two been living under a rock ?

          • well maybe i got the only one good galaxy nexus out of the tens of thousands sold, because i’ve never encountered any of these problems. personally i’d say it’s the best phone i’ve ever owned. if you’re phone is such a POS, why dont you go throw it in the ocean and go buy another phone that you can find problems with.

        • CharlieK

          Yeah Joe, what’s wrong with the Gnex besides horrible voice and data reception? I mean how important are those features in a SmartPhone?

    • KenLarson

      I hear ya, Joe. My GNex blows. Voice quality and reception is horrible. Unusable. 4G works well when there is a decent signal. 3G is terrible.

      I hope Verizon kills off unlimited data so I have no reason to stay.

      However, I will give Android another shot. I had 3 years of iphone and I hate iTunes. However, if my next android sucks and the iphone get a decent sized screen (at least 4.3″) then I may need to rethink my dislike of Apple.

  • My GNex has been giving me nothing but problems, and I was on the verge of unlocking it and installing 4.0.4 manually, but saw this and thought I’d wait. After sounding like it’s not going to happen today, I called VZW Support about exchanging my phone out, and asked about a software update…she said that there’s nothing in her system at all about any software updates for the Nexus πŸ™

    • its a pos,cant wait for my contract to expire,will go to the beach the throw this thing in as far as it will fly

      • KellyO

        I hope it hits Sergie and whoever that other Google turd burglar is (no, not that Nazi freak Eric Shitmidt) in those greasy heads of theirs.

    • Iny

      They will always tell you that.It’s their default response. “Software update? What update?” “Why, I’ve never heard of the issues you’re having!” “Let’s wipe your phone RIGHT NOW!”

    • Jwhap

      Seriously. Install the most recent leak. Instructions on this site about 2 or 3 weeks ago…You will ask yourself why you did not do it sooner!

  • MikeSaver

    I know one way we can get the update. Cancel our verizon contracts and go to sprint! Either that or wait 2 years for 4.04 to come out.

    • theNewDanger

      Great idea, because Sprint did such a great job getting its LTE network up before launching devices that use said LTE network just like they did when they promised they’d do the same for people buying WiMax devices regardless of locale /s

      • MikeSaver

        i don’t know what most of that means but yeah!! that’s exactly why!

        • theNewDanger

          Going to Sprint is not a good thing, sir. Would you trade great coverage for an update that you would be paying the equivalent of an Early Termination Fee to gain?

  • IdanShtayer


    • IdanShtayer

      Kidding… I got nothing… This sucks

  • Drummer62

    Just got off a live chat with Samsung. Verizon forums are reporting that Samsung is pushing this update. I’m not sure that is true but at this point who really knows?? Here is the copied chat……

    Vincent: Hi, thank you for contacting Samsung Technical Support. How may I help you today?

    Visitor: Hi, When is the galaxy nexus for verizon going to receive its update to Android 4.0.4 ?

    Vincent: Hello.

    Vincent: I understand that you are inquiring on the ICS update on your phone, is that correct?

    Visitor: people on verizon are reporting in the forums that samsung is pushing out the update soon, is that true>

    Vincent: I’d like to inform you that

    Vincent: Please ignore the above statement.

    Visitor: Our
    phone has ICS already but it is very buggy and there is supposedly an
    update to address all our issues, I am trying to find out when that is
    coming to our handsets

    Vincent: I’d like to inform you that as of now there are no reliable information on the ICS updates.

    Vincent: You can check under the new section of the Website for the reliable update on the ICS.

    Visitor: what section?

    Vincent: I mean the News section under the Samsung Website.

    Visitor: ok ty

    Vincent: You’re welcome. Is there anything else I can assist you with?

  • duke69111

    Well its the 22nd… Whats the over/under on whether this gets released today?

    • L9VYWmcJXO

      Not gonna happen

    • hateverizon

      damn Verizon

      • MikeSaver

        Why did I get my hopes up?

  • Markuz

    Nada, nada, nada… F*** you big Evil Red!!!!

  • L9VYWmcJXO

    Screw this its just BS verizon would have posted something if it were real

  • 12:00 central and still no update.

  • Scott

    No update…I call bull!

    • wolf26915

      I second that motion

  • why cant google just release the update on their own website and we could side load it? leave the 2-6 month late OTA for verizon?

    • Jwhap

      even better. How about Google puts it on their website and allows us to download it from them directly. I would even pay for updates if I knew I could get them consistently!

  • its the 22nd, and no update today

  • Very Disappointed!!!! I was really looking forward to the update…

  • Michael Johnson

    GET BENT VERIZON! You really are evil.

  • InyRules

    This is a Direct Message I received from Verizon’s Support account on May 1st

    “Thanks for talking to me this morning. I trust that software update for your device will be push some time soon. HvAgr8Day!^AC”

    Still nothing…

  • joe buck

    11:46 and i still have a pos in my hand

    • Jwhap

      joe……you seem to really hate this phone. Do you think an update is really going to change your opinion of it??? Just curious.

  • feelme

    not yet, when is it coming?

  • L9VYWmcJXO

    11:04 here in new york and nada

  • achaf86

    10:08am here in northwest ohio & still nothing!!!

    • Matthew Harmon

      NE Ohio nothing…

  • So its the 22nd. Wheres my damn update? lol

  • microdot

    Big giant surprise when i checked this morning and there is nothing. this is getting old. I knew it wouldn’t be there so i guess i am mad at myself for being mad…
    ps. you suck Verizon

    • Beebs42

      You are not alone. I have more faith in the Nigerian Prince coming through on his side of the deal than I do Verizon at this point. What’s more, I’m not a litigious person, but maybe a “false advertising” suit against Verizon would get the point across. Google has had the updates ready, Verizon just has not released them, therefore this is NOT a Nexus device.

    • It’s cool. Droid Life got their hits.

    • wpscompute

      I been hoping that this update would fix the issue with mobile data shutting itself off and other poor service connection problems…. guess I keep waiting. Verizon – Ditto!

  • Rick

    Verizon doesn’t give a shit about updating your phone PERIOD ! Why would they ??? They will sell another $500 dollar phone to you to replace your 6 month old p.o.s. And since they mostly push motos you can guess why their bootloader is locked…no updates for you !

  • ill oozin

    Oh, verizon, we are not each other’s
    favorite people, but I know this time
    you were only holding back my upgrade
    to make it that much better. Because
    I know you care. About me. So, I am
    hoping it comes with a bubble machine,
    a painted pony, and the gym socks I lost
    in seventh grade. We’ve done so well with each
    other this year, please don’t break my phone.
    Please. Checks in the mail.

  • Michael G

    It says something about my pathetic existence that as soon as my alarm rang at 6 this morning the first thing I did was do a manual refresh on my GNex to see if there was a system update. Verizon, look what you’ve done to me……

    • jodytamar

      i did the same thing πŸ™ at least i DID get my daily random reboot!

  • nothing here,really didnt expect it,still the old pos

  • kfath1978

    NADA…..lie…but what did we expect!

  • wolf26915

    Its 5:44am Central Time (US & Canada) do you know where your update is lol

  • GeO

    as of 4:15am EST, still have received no update.

  • yellowcanary73

    I say the Razor Maxx will be updated to 4.04 ICS before GN gets its update.

  • Just to let you guys know, dial
    *#*#2432546#*#* to force a manual update (if it’s available that is)

  • Metakarma

    So it is 12.05am on the East Coast. Anyone seeing the 4.0.4 OTA coming through or this was a Hoax!

    • Metakarma

      Tried turning phone on/off, removed battery, SIM card etc. No new update yet πŸ™

    • Stereo

      Just checked for the update and got nothing.

  • what happened to 4.0.5…i tried the 4.0.4 updates and still had troubles with signal and had horrible battery life 4-5 hours between charges with extended battery…at home im on wifi because cant find a solid 4g connection (sisters razr gets 4g in the same area just fine) and 3g is so slow on this device my dads droid 3 kills it…

    • Chris Anderson

      Mine is exactly the same. I think it’s a hardware problem. I can’t imagine that they’re all like this. I’m about to have mine replaced since 4.0.4 (which I installed manually) didn’t fix anything. I hope that it’s not a design flaw, because there really aren’t any other phones that I would want.

      • Jwhap

        which leak did you install. The more recent one is way less buggy with much better signal. Battery I do not notice a difference but I would not expect to. The battery readings are more accurate however they do not say android system consuming most of the battery now it shows screen being the culprit which I would have suspected anyway!

  • Counsel Dew

    If it doesn’t make it so my phone can have a 2-way convers
    ation, It’ll be worthless to me…


  • yarrellray

    Honestly at this stage of game WHO CARES the overall situation with this one device has soured me on Verizon all that glitters isn’t gold. The network they tout in so many markets isn’t as great as they claim poor signal strength, poor dBM and asu,
    constant switching from LTE to 3g in one of the strongest markets according to it’s coverage charts Manhattan New York. Enough is enough of all this overrated garbage and poor communication. At this point of the game here almost June 1st I will except this update but that will be it for me as far as Verizon is concerned. I will take my two lines of service to either T-mobile this CDMA Verizon Galaxy Nexus won’t see jellybean that’s for sure. I will plan to purchase the Galaxy Note 2 on T-mobile when that launches by July and just lay in the weeds till November when the new Nexus gets announced with jellybean. I will purchase that device from the google play store and place that on t-mobile as well and be happy getting my updates directly from google. CDMA devices are done in my world every single devices I have ever had has been CDMA EVO4G,EVO 3D, LG REVOLUTION, GALAXY NEXUS. The one GSM device I had my Galaxy S2 Skyrocket on At&t was a amazing device always kept a signal at all times. Plain and simple GSM technology makes CDMA useless. Verizon can keep there overratted network as well as there overpriced devices.

  • JDHokie

    Overheard at VZW corporate headquarters …
    “How do we shut all these people up about losing their unlimited data plans?”
    “I know, let’s release that Nexus update we’ve been sitting on for 2 months!”

  • Verizon, is the sole reason I root my phone and install custom ROMs. If I didn’t have to wait so long for some half baked ROM that they supposedly thoroughly tested -hence the reason for the delays- then I would be content leaving my phone running stock. Hopefully this build is better than the 4.0.4 that leaked out a few months ago. Although it was better than 4.0.2, it still left quite a bit to be desired.

    • Jwhap

      I have tried both leaks….the most recent is almost perfect. No major changes though. I will be keeping my eye open to see if going back to stock is going to be worth nabbing this or if it is exactly the same thing I already have….

  • its about damn time…. if it really happens

  • lugoogle

    Verizon has done this with every phone they hype. Build it up put it out and leave you hanging when it comes time for update look at the Droid X the Thunderbolt now the Nexus. They will do the Sam with the S 3 nothing wi ll change

  • MikeSaver

    Any one have any idea of what time these updates usually roll out? Should I expect my phone to update on May 22nd at midnight on the dot?

    • If it truly does start rolling out tomorrow (which I doubt), then you’ll get it sometime between tonight at midnight and a month from now. We won’t all get it at once and it could take weeks before everyone has it.

  • Greyhame

    FWIW, I spoke with a VZW rep yesterday (lack of signal issues in central WI). She didn’t mention anything about an update for the phone on the horizon. When I asked her what was taking so long on the update front, she said VZW had nothing to do with updating the phone and that I should contact Samsung at 888-987-4357.
    I told her I didn’t think the delay was due to Samsung since the Sprint Nexus is already running .4. She reiterated her earlier statement.
    This whole CDMA Nexus fiasco is a mess. Finger pointing all around. I don’t know why Google, VZW, and Samsung don’t realize an updated, fully functional phone is WIN for EVERYONE involved (and their respective reputations).
    Also, I asked her about updating a 3G phone with unlimited data to a 4G phone without renewing the contract (i.e. buying a 4G phone myself). She mentioned the SIM card is free and the line would keep its unlimited data status. Thought I’d pass the word, as this will be my plan before the family plans get shoved down our throats.

    • Hawkm

      I called Verizon about the updates and I was told that it first has to be let out by Google, then the hardware company (i.e. Samsung) and then by the carrier (In our sad case, Verizon). I was shocked that they didn’t play the blame game or say that it isnt their fault.

      • InyRules

        I’m shocked that they didn’t say they had no information on an update. Their inconsistency is really what gets me. “You’ll get an update soon.” “We have no information on a software update.” “Listen, it’s in the works now, none of your replacement phones will work correctly until they get updated.” And one of the dumbest I’ve heard: “No, that update is only for the GSM model, our model isn’t due for an update.”

    • Greyhame

      for anyone else in a fringe area… the radios leaked in March work much better than those leaked in May for attaining a data signal while in an extended network area. it seems to be able to find, lock on, and stay locked on EvDo much much better than the radios leaked in May.

  • Jeff “BIG RED”

    Why not just find the leaked version and download it to your phone? I know I did and It helped with several of the issues i was having……

    • gnex

      because not every person out there lives and breaths to root their freaking phones…so STFU about it. It’s not like we don’t know it is an option…let if F’ing go already…smh…

      • You don’t need root. . .

      • Jwhap

        I agree with you….but it took me two hours of my time and now I don’t complain about the update or signal issues or my phone rebooting. I have not had a reboot since installing the update. So though I agree with you and you should not have to, it is worth the investment of a couple of hours to enjoy your phone.

  • Damn well better come soon.

  • BrianWenger

    I’m rooted and all that, but as a matter of principle, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • EvanTheGamer

    YES, finally at last!

    If this is really the case. Guess we all shall see tomorrow, hopefully.

  • I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Will an OTA update break root?

    • summit1986

      get OTA Rootkeeper from the Play Store to be safe

    • florious80

      Yes it definitely well. I’ve got the OTA rootkeeper installed and backed up just in case.

  • JagoX

    What’re they talkin about? My VZW G.Nex has had 4.0.4 since I got it a couple weeks ago…thanks to AOKP πŸ˜€

    Android Community FTW!

    • wtsamatta

      ! And my gnex is so much better thanks to AOKP.

      • Jwhap

        just curious any major bugs with aokp? like cameras not functioning….I was running cm7 on my incredible. Seemed to work great mostly except video player.

        • wtsamatta

          I haven’t had any issues at all to be honest. OK, had the first one today…cant get myverizon to work. Actually had to go to the website… 0.0 …to pay my bill

  • Waiting Stock GNex Owner

    If this were true (and I hope it is) wouldn’t the Verizion update pdf be updated already? Don’t they usually change the page a few days before the update actually rolls out?

  • TurdFerguson1

    Just like everything else, I’ll believe it when I see it. Freakin’ Verizon, always trying to stick it to us.

  • hehe, i’ve had 4.0.4 for a while now…no more waiting for updates from them people, all they talk is lies and slander!

  • kal

    If I am locked and un-rooted with the last 4.0.4, would I still get the OTA (if it is in fact different than the last leak)?

  • Sometimes I wonder why I put my OG to rest… At least I knew that it wasn’t getting anymore updates!

  • KSAT

    While this is a nice update and all… it is a little late. However, that said, I will still go on record to say that this phone WILL receive an official Android 5.0 upgrade at some point in the future. Yea – go ahead and deny it…say what you want. But, I’m not sure how they can’t provide one! Yea, it won’t be quick….but, it will happen.

    • mustbepbs

      It’ll definitely happen within the community. I wouldn’t doubt it would be the first to get it, kinda like the Nexus S getting ICS first before the GNex came out.

      EDIT: You know..I was thinking. Since we’re CDMA, I doubt we’ll get any lovin’. ._.

    • Bionicman

      yea for jelly bean (which im guessing is an incremental update to ICS), since verizon will probably take forever to release the update, i’ll root and update. i waited for this update since my phone works ok and i rarely have issues but i’m not waiting again.

  • I don’t trust them, but it’d be great if it did come out. My bars were greyed out half the weekend, and the new radios will hopefully help.

    • wtsamatta

      radios in 4.0.4 gave me a huge boost in signal. At home I was teetering between 3g and 4g, after the update I get a solid 2 bars of 4g.

  • msnight04

    After a few emails with Verizon customer support this weekend outlining my disappointment regarding this update, they told me the 4.0.4 update is expected to be released this month. This along with the May 22 reports give me a little (literally) hope.

    • InyRules

      I spoke with a “higher up” rep after one of my own emails to their support back in the beginning of May, and she told me that at that time the update was being tested, and it should go out by the end of the month. Small grain if hope, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the OTA update doesn’t come out until June.

  • I bet $500 in Monopoly money that NOTHING happens tomorrow!

    • Ryan Powell

      Throw in Park Place and Marvin Gardens and you’ve got a deal.

      • wtsamatta

        I want free parking too πŸ˜‰

    • Your wager is roughly as worthless as Verizon’s commitment to its customers.

  • Jake

    If VZW keeps delaying updates for the GN, then this may be my last Android phone. As much as I hate VZW for the bloatware and delays they plague Android phones with, the fact remains that their phone network is the best in all the areas that I live, work, and play. If not even the GN can get timely updates on VZW, then my next phone will likely be an iPhone.

    • Your experience with a phone should not be all about updates. To swear off an entire mobile operating system because you don’t get updates as quickly as you’d like is a bit ridiculous in my opinion. And sometimes I think, not only you, but others too, crave updates a bit too much. Like, we’ll get 4.0.4 and then a few weeks later everyone will have lost that “I just got a new update” feeling and will crave another one, even if it doesn’t improve upon much (granted, 4.0.4 fixes a lot of stuff and should be well welcomed). Just use the phone and enjoy it. If getting updates (even if they don’t mean or amount to much) is your primary factor of enjoyment for a phone, you’re doing it wrong. Also, if you opt for the iPhone, enjoy your once yearly update.

      • ScottyByrd

        The issue is a lot of people cant use it as a “phone” with the mic cut outs and dropped signal. Supposedly the update fixes all that. As for a yearly update, how often would we get an update if there wasnt something they had to fix? I am by far not a fan of Apple,( dont own a single one of their products) but at least if its broke they fix it. What I hear anyway lol.

      • InyRules

        I agree with you on not swearing off the whole OS just because this phone isn’t receiving updates as fast as we need, but I think this case is a bit sensitive. It’s a Nexus phone, plagued with signal drop issues, random reboots, etc,. that has been left in the dust by the Nexus devices on other carriers. I think these are the reasons that have made Nexus users on Verizon so rabid for an update. It’s not just new software we need, but new radios as well, and only Verizon can give it to us.

      • Jake

        I want updates on my phone for the same reason I want updates on my desktop and notebook computers. Sometimes those updates contain security patches. That was the case when I had the Droid and Droid X. There were apps taking advantage of a vulnerability that Google had patched several months earlier, but the update was long delayed. In that instance, the malware was found on shady third-party Chinese app stores, but it could have just as easily been on the official Android Market (as it was known then), as other malware has been found in the official Market/Play Store.

        I’m no fan of i-stuff, but my primary aversion to Apple’s products was because I felt that Steve Jobs was downright rude to his customers. Now that he’s gone, my biggest hurdle from getting an iPhone is gone. I prefer Android’s integration of Google services, I like that Android has a user-accessible file system, and I love how I can easily share files between all apps. However, I’m sick of paying for a finished product, but getting something that feels more like a beta release.

  • Apologies for the Thursday note. People are being told MAY 22 which is tomorrow. I just get used to Verizon doing things on Thursdays. πŸ˜›

  • InyRules

    So sad that users of a Nexus device are happy that an update is *finally* on the horizon. Thanks a lot, Verizon. Also, can you please fix the typo in the main article already? It’s either by TOMORROW the 22nd, or THURSDAY the 24th.

  • amosk

    I’m calling it now, no Verizon Galaxy Nexus support for Jelly Bean

    • Ryan Powell

      Easy bet. We haven’t even had support for ICS. The window* for phones getting updates is getting smaller and smaller. Google needs to find a solution before they close the door* on themselves.

      *This comment unintentionally sponsored by the fine folks at Lowe’s Home Improvement

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        We get a free can of paint with a reply right?

        As much as I agree they’re going to keep pushing new and new out, these phones really need to last 2 years. And have support for that period. I hope at least google will help developers continue that.

        I agree if they squeeze it much more they’ll drive out too many.

  • WilliamKu

    i call straight up BS. razr ics been delayed so many times. why would this one be any different? and this is just the FIRST date. there’s gonna be a second, third, fourth, etc.

    • LiterofCola

      Since when was ICS delayed for the Razr?

  • Joel Gautraud

    So, do you guys think that IMM76K build that I installed is still on the “official” upgrade path? Or will this rumored update be another 4.0.4 build?

    • Q

      Hopefully since I already installed it lol. I cant see why it wouldnt be on the “upgrade path” though. It was pushed via OTA. You can go to your local VZW Store and see their phones have it. A small number of actual customers got the push too, so even if they push something that isnt IMM76, the IMM76 build should theoretically get upgraded

      • Drummer62

        I went to three different verizon stores, NONE of their Galaxy Nexus were on 4.0.4, none. Each store had two devices. The update could not be pulled either. I tried, lol

        • Q

          Interesting… I went to a to two stores here in San Diego (Mission Valley and Chula Vista) this weekend and their phones were on 4.0.4

          • gnex

            I went to my local Verizon store and the Gnex was not updated to 4.0.4…so of course I checked if any updates were available and there was not. Central NC.

  • Dan

    I have had a hard time routing this thing on a Mac. For some reason I cant get the drivers right in VMWare. My boot camp wont seem to make me a working install USB key. Just hours spent getting nowhere. Oh, and that program that is supposed to let you write files to your nexus seems to do nothing. Any advice, other than the regular, get a PC snarkiness? I’m wondering if it’s my phone. I never had any problems in VMWare with my Droid Charge.

    • dan

      what a terrible typo up there. routing

  • amosk

    The next Thursday May 22 is 2014…sounds about right.

    • MrEnglish

      Better bet, that’ll give them a year to work out bugs.

  • Q

    Already running the IMM76 build. No rooting, unlocking, or data loss.

    • Drummer62

      How did you manage that exactly without unlocking or rooting and installing the leak? How is it you can be on 4.0.4?

      • Ryan Powell

        Clearly he is infamous Q from Star Trek and has no problem accomplishing this strange feat.

      • Q

        Used these instructions here…

        Went from bone stock 4.0.2 to 4.0.4.. Im not rooted and my bootloader is still locked. Ive posted these instructions a few times in these comments threads, but everyone is so busy lashing out against the world that they miss it I guess…

    • Ice2097

      Same… I don’t see what the big deal is with this update.

      Drummer, there are instructions here http://www.droid-life.com/2012/05/01/download-galaxy-nexus-4-0-4-build-imm76k/ . The ones in the post DON’T work, but there is a link in the discussion that does.

  • ashclepdia

    Verizon has been the KING of #FAIL lately….
    Their users deserve much better than the treatment we have been receiving lately.
    If they wanna remain “best customer service” as THEY say, they really need to step their game up with these updates possesses and the choices they are FORCING down the throats of their users…

  • 4n1m4L

    I hope they try some more radios.. I’m still getting hangs with the most recent ones.

    • Jwhap

      me too, though not nearly as bad as they were…..

  • kobalt7

    May 22, 2014 is a Thursday. With the way updates are released, that might be accurate!

  • cancerous_it

    I hope Verizon Wireless never gets another Nexus device.

  • PhilW

    That would make it in 2013.

  • good news for some, OLD news for others.


  • brian

    22 is tomorrow not Thursday

  • droidroks

    Great way to spice up this gloomy Monday in Chicago with an update talk for the G-Nex πŸ˜‰

  • That should be clue #1 the reports are false they can’t even get the day/date right. Thursday the 22nd is not until November. That sound about right for when an update will come out.

  • droidroks

    I will believe it when I see it.

  • LordVierge

    “… is scheduled to receive Android 4.0.4 by this Thursday, May 22.”
    May 22 is Tuesday

  • Nexusssss

    You cannot see it but my jaw dropped. Update for our Nexus?

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    I have flashed the latest leak as I just didn’t want to wait any longer.

    I guess I’ll wait and see what the differences are between this and that and go from there.

    I am sure someone will find some way to go from leak2 to official, if there is any difference at all.

    • Jwhap

      should be the exact same update.

  • spickle

    Tuesday haha

  • Ronnie

    Thursday is 5/24

  • Good thing 4.0.3. comes with a cool calendar function… too bad no one uses it. πŸ˜›

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      what’s the function?

      • amosk

        time travel

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Great Scott!

          • AnotherAndroidKid

            This deserved more than just a vote up.

            Very funny.

          • EC8CH

            wonder what a 1.21 jiggawatt extended battery looks like?

          • mechapathy

            Oh great! Who’s going to clean up all this toilet paper?

  • Kendal

    Isn’t May 22 a Tuesday, and in fact tomorrow?

  • Molly Housel

    the 22nd is Tuesday

  • tottenj

    If you’re not already on 4.0.4 then why did you buy a Nexus in the first place?

    • Ryan Powell

      I think it’s safe to say a lot of users buy a nexus phone for the pure android experience and update priority over how easy it is to root them.

      • tottenj

        True, starting to find out that Verizon is the absolute worst carrier for that (among other things).

      • Jwhap

        agreed….why I bought it. But after waiting so long…..to your point it is easy to root….and throw on the leaked update. Which is what I did.

    • BulletTooth_Tony

      To have stock, vanilla Android updated directly by Google, instead of forcing yourself to ROM to get it, which can be done on any phone anyway? What kind of stupid, pretentious question is this?

      • Keith0606

        agreed. i bought it so id get regular updates without having to root/rom or waiting a long time. While laughable now, and for sure I wont make that mistake again with Verizon, but that was my mindset when I bought in.

    • Jake

      Because I’d rather spend my free time fiddling with my hot wife than fiddling with my phone.

    • Gnex

      because we wanted a phone with pure Android and a phone that we were told would get updates in a timely manner. Not everyone lives and breaths to root and rom their phones anymore, I personally got burned out by always doing nightly updates on my OG…I happen to like ICS the way it is…I do use Nova Launcher to add just a bit of tweekingness that I want. Maybe when Jelly Bean comes out and we don’t get it from Verizon or Google or who ever sends it out then I will go back to the Tech Community for some help.

  • Cory Parker

    I was wondering when you guys were gonna mention this. I read about it on the VZW forum early last week. Guess we’ll see eh?

  • Krak J

    Thursday is the 24th. Tomorrow, Tuesday, is the 22nd. Which is it?

  • wickets

    is it the 22nd yet????

  • RedPandaAlex

    If you think this is bad, think about how excruciating the wait will be when 4.1 or 5.0 are released.

    • EC8CH

      AOKP to the rescue

  • um, thursday is may 24

  • theentropic

    I guess the big question is what are the changes between IMM76K and the one supposedly going to be released tomorrow? Also, what about the people that got the upgrade (those non-rooted, non-unlocked guys)… are they going to get upgraded?

  • Will this fix the mic/speaker issues? Other than that I love my GN!

    • cizzlen

      I’ve been experiencing that for the first time these past couple weeks. Really grinds my gears. I hope they fix it.

  • Ryan Powell

    May 22, 2013

    • John

      hah. prob spot on

    • Danny

      The next May 22nd is in 2014…

      • Butters619

        Today is May 21, 2012….

      • cizzlen

        quit yer bitchin

  • Dan

    i’ved moved on…..to aokp build 36

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Definitely not the right place for this but…when coming from Milestone 5 do I need to wipe to go to build 35 or 36? Do I need to do them in order?

      • ALWAYS WIPE. And no, you can jump from M5 to Build36…..just WIPE.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


        • Ryan Powell

          When presented with the dilema of wipe or do not wipe. The answer is always wipe. Saves a lot of embarrassment.

        • Derek Gelinas

          If you do wipe, grab the AOKP backup from the play store for 2 bucks. It was written by a member of the aokp team and backs up all your AOKP specific settings. Very convenient.

      • Dan

        no youll be fine without wiping

  • Austin

    About time

  • I’ll believe it when I see the notification.

  • Scott

    If this even happens, you can bet that it will be first and last update the GNex officially receives from Big Red.

    • Ryan Powell

      Sad but true. Who knew the day Verizon released a Nexus phone would also be the death of the program itself. No one will trust a nexus purchase again.

      • r0lct

        I don’t think anyone will trust it on Verizon.

        • Ryan Powell

          I certainly don’t anymore but I blame Google equally as much. Communication up front would have fallen under the “don’t be evil” motto more than don’t say a word.

          • r0lct

            Well I would trust it on ATT or Sprint. But I agree, Google should have seen this through or not got involved with Verizon.

          • Scott

            Agreed. I have a hard time believing that an update for the iPhone would have been quiet for this long. Google is big enough to hold some sway over these things and slow updates for non-rooted GNex users is hurting the Android brand, not Verizon.

          • You are correct, this doesn’t hurt Verizon at all. Google needs to take a lesson from Apple and start demanding things of the carriers. They don’t even have to do it in a bad way. Just be honest with Verizon and convince them that a working, upgraded Nexus is good for everyone.

      • A few nerds complaining on the internet are not going to kill a great phone. I know plenty of people who have a Gnex and love it (including me).

        • Ryan Powell

          No one is saying the phone is not great. I love my Gnex. Not to mention everything ICS brought to us. I’m simply saying the nexus program itself is not going to be the same after this.

          We’ll continue to get pure Android phones but now there will be that question in the back of our minds of “will I receive the updates or will the carrier block them?” whenever we walk out of the store with one.

          • I think you’re under the false impression that the Nexus program was a raging, unstoppable success with consumers before it hit Verizon. I also think you’re confused as to what a Nexus phone is actually supposed to be.

            It is not Google’s iPhone killer or a superphone. It is a developer friendly phone that is meant to show off the latest and great version of Android to OEMs. It is Google’s “look at what Android does now” phone, no more, no less. Verizon is not going to kill that. You do realize the Nexus is available worldwide right?

          • Ryan Powell

            So in this case Google is saying “look at how our latest and greatest Android phone hasn’t received updates since day one”.

            Internet pissing match aside I truly love almost every experience Google has provided to me through their software and the Gnex has made me a big fan of Samsung’s hardware.

            The answer to all of this ridiculousness lies somewhere between Google, Samsung and Verizon. I really don’t care who is at fault. False impression or not I would like to see all of them get it right for the consumers sake.

          • Google is only “saying” that on Verizon. Yes, it ticks me off a bit. My only point is that I really don’t think it will affect the Nexus program, outside Verizon anyway.

        • AB

          The phone is great as long as you do not depend on being able to receive e-mails and make phone calls consistently. The signal / Radios problems are very annoying specially whe you have to reboot your phone to be able to use it. Other than that minor detail it is great!!

    • PC_Tool

      you mean, aside from the update on launch-day??

      (Not that I’d want to put the brakes on anyone’s hate-train here…)

      • LouManaggio

        No worries, I removed the brakes years ago.

        Verizon blows dong.

        • Christopher Bement

          THIS. After this unlimited data bullshit I’m moving to TMo or whatever the ….. I’ve been a loyal VZ customer for about 8 years, my first phone was a monochrome flip with no camera (LG VX3100), and everything has been pretty OK until I got into smartphones with them. They’ve been screwing us left and right.

      • Rick

        What the update that made it useable just to get out the door….your kidding right

        • PC_Tool

          OP stated it would be the first update.

          It will not be.

          No kidding.

    • Sasquatch4ever

      Except its a Nexus phone, so it’ll receive Jelly Bean. Verizon may suck, but Google still has its standards.

      • Christopher Bement

        We’ll get JB a year after maguro does, because Verizon will slow that update.

        • Noyfb

          If it takes more than 5 monthe just for 4.0.4 update, we won’t see 5.0 till 2014, right after they stop supporting the phone

          • Michael

            Verizon doesn’t give a [email protected] about updating phones, there’s no money in updates, corporate greed and bad ethics, it takes more than a good network to keep customers.

          • tik

            I’ve held off on rooting but after this update comes out (if it ever does), if VZ doesn’t start updating along w/the other Nexus’ then I’ll have to provide my own updates.

    • michael

      As of 1:50 a.m. cst no update

      • InyRules

        7:38am EST, no update

        • MikeSaver

          8:24am EST no update

          • not yet :/

          • 11:17 CST nothing. So disappointing!

          • EvanTheGamer

            10:12AM PST, no update. DAMN them!

          • user


        • Update?Naw

          9:42 PST, nothing. This sucks.

      • duke69111

        1:28pm cst no update

  • Towelie420

    May 22 is a Tuesday, tomorrow

  • i hope this actually gets released tomorrow

  • Justin Savarese

    Isn’t May 22 a Tuesday?

    • Justin Savarese

      I.e. Tomorrow. Which is it? Thursday or May 22?

    • Seems legit…

    • It’s tomorrow, May 22. I’m just so used to Verizon doing things on Thursday’s. πŸ˜›

    • LiterofCola

      Tomorrow is Tuesday, yes.

    • cizzlen

      One more time for good measure. We can confirm that tomorrow May 22nd is a Thursday?

  • Towelie420

    Yay first