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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!

  • 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 😉

    • 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. 😛

  • 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 😉

  • 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. 😛

    • 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. 😛

    • 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