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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Receiving OTA Update IMM76Q? (Updated)

A member over at XDA is claiming to have received a notification this morning to update his Verizon Galaxy Nexus to Android build IMM76Q. As you can see from the shot, the size is only 945KB which is fairly small in the OTA update world. What could be included is anyone’s guess, but if it is real, then we would immediately wonder if this has to do with dumbing-down of the Search functionality that Google must do in order to continue selling the device in the States. So far, no one else has been prompted to install this.

We will update this post as we find out more.

Update:  As was pointed out, the phone picture above has a serial number up top and is likely a test device. If that’s the case and this guy is a tester, it would be surprising to see it within the next few days or even weeks for that matter. Well, unless Verizon wants to continue selling the phone, then they’ll push this thing through.

Via:  XDA

Cheers Tim!

  • still waiting….(august 18th)


    i work at verizon and this update is a fix for the purple tint at low brightness levels. But We are expecting Jelly Bean to roll out within a few weeks.

  • Got my phone two days ago off of Amazon, and received this update as soon as I activated. Definitely not JB.

  • PadraicThePrince

    It’s funny that they can push an update out so quickly that caters to Apple and their sales, considering the Rezound was promised ICS in “Early 2012” as a selling point, and its July, I left that phone for a Nexus, so screw Verizon. I’m not updating anything. Jelly Bean all the way!

  • Sean Cahill

    Just another reason to be unlocked, rooted, ROM’ed… and free of this BS. Cheers!

  • gorkon

    XDA came through. It’s been posted/mirrored on Randomphantasmagoria.com: http://www.randomphantasmagoria.com/firmware/galaxy-nexus/i515/

    This came from a google server before it’s mirrored. XDA Link:


    So far there’s chatter on just WHAT is in the update. Looking like it just might be the nerfed search but there’s a kernel patch? From my limited understanding, the kernel version does not change. It really sounds like they don’t know what’s in it just yet.

  • ulnek

    anyone know what this will actually break? i’m sure it’s supposed to remove some feature or downgrade something. anyone know what it is?

  • I keep forgetting that some people actually buy a Nexus and not hack it….lol JB FTW… Or heck, at least CM9…lol

  • jcastle482

    Probably just adds a persistent WiFi notification.

  • It would be nice if they include jelly bean with this. Makes sense

  • i’m running 4.1 and it runs perfect so i’m most likely not going to want to update

  • Gf1 fanatic

    Is there a way we consumers can fight back? I would not buy an iPhone if it was the only smart phone available. For Apple, this has nothing to do with competition. They are in it purely for the blood and kill.

  • JulianZHuang

    update of removing some features haha

  • Others have received the update. I purchased the unlocked Gnex right before they removed it from the Play store. As soon as I got it out of the box yesterday I hooked it up to WiFi… no more than 3 minutes later I got the update notice and went ahead with the patch. Only took a couple of seconds. My boyfriend should get his today, and will probably also get the update.

  • br_hermon

    I just got a replacement GNex last week and rooted it. I haven’t installed any rom, I’m just stock. Will this OTA break root? Though I really am not even interested in accepeting it. I’m more interested in, Can I just refuse the update? Any advice here folks?

  • “Well, unless Verizon wants to continue selling the phone, then they’ll push this thing through.”

    Verizon doesn’t give a crap about the Gnex. It doesn’t carry the Droid name, doesn’t have bloatware and isn’t an iPhone. I wouldn’t expect them to push out an update any time soon.

  • Good time to root and get some butter flavored jelly beans…

  • It’s an “emergency” fix to fix whatever it is that Apple was beefing about, and get the GNex back on the market. It was reported at ABC News.

  • TheWenger

    “Well, unless Verizon wants to continue selling the phone, then they’ll push this thing through.”
    Verizon’s made it pretty clear IMO that they don’t want to sell this phone. 😛

  • Trevor

    how will this affect a rooted nexus?

    • PC_Tool

      Rooted or rooted and rom’d?

      With a rom, ota is disabled.

      Just root, you’d normally lose root but the update would apply. In this case, no idea, as the update is so incredibly small…

      • Trevor

        i still am running aokp 38 with linaro and tried jelly bean but thought it was worse than 38 linaro. If i decide to switch to a stock jelly bean rom when they get all the kinks out will ota be disabled on a stock 4.1 rom? i assume from your response that it will be but i’m just curious if a stock rom will have ota turned off. thanks for the reply.

        • PC_Tool

          “If i decide to switch to a stock jelly bean rom when they get all the kinks out will ota be disabled on a stock 4.1 rom?”

          What device are you using? Toro? If so, I would guess OTA is disabled. Any OTA for the current batch of GSM nandroid-built JB ROMs would be for GSM-only devices and would royally hose any non-GSM device.

          Honestly, I haven’t looked into that. The thought of getting an OTA from the GSM leak never even crossed my mind. Sure, the devices it actually OTA’d to will be able to still receive OTA updates to it, but I highly doubt any but the takju(?) devices (bought on the Play Store) would even be able to “ping” for it (and if it did somehow pull it, the update would likely fail during install while “verifying system”.)

  • lol when I first saw the headline I was all “WTF?!, that was quick for JB and I just unlocked and flashed JB last night!”. But then I read the topic and was reassured to VZW normal approach of putting out updates months later. 🙂

  • Hahaha, since when is dumming down a device’s functionality considered an “enhancement”?

    • flosserelli

      I dunno, ask Steve Jobs.

      Oops. I guess you can’t. Sorry.

  • Bigsike

    There is an odd number above the speaker which leads me to believe that it is indeed a test phone.

  • Mike

    The phone above is a test unit.

  • I feel like every time I get on a post about ICS, bros are commenting about how stupid people are for not having JellyBean yet.

    • EC8CH

      And what should that tell you 😉

  • TheWenger

    If it is because of the “infringement” it’s funny they call it a software “enhancement” in the description.

  • Havoc70

    Even if i get notified and its the fix (patch) about Crapple, i wouldnt download it anyway. Besides being rooted and running the V1 JB release with WiFi fix not even sure i will get notified.

  • Q

    A software update doesnt have to take months.. Remember when ICS first came out and there was a bug with volume or something? 4.0.2 was being pushed to everything days later.

    • summit1986

      Not even days… I got the OTA update the day of release.

  • d1gital

    This isn’t out to the public yet. If you look above the speaker grill, there is the standard 8 character engraving for test units, although the leading and ending character seem to be obscured. This is a VZW tester who may be in some deep stuff for taking a careless snapshot.

  • You mean there are Gnexs out there not running JB?

    • Timothy Miller

      Sadly! I ran it for awhile but ended up restoring my 4.0.4 backup. I ran in to a few annoying bugs and UI glitches that were frustrating. Those wouldn’t have made me switch back on their own, but I also didn’t feel like setting up my exchange account / apps / homescreens all the way when I’ll just be flashing again once the source hits.

      • KleenDroid

        Which rom were you running? Did you try Theory’s? I have not had any issues that would want me to downgrade back to ICS.

        • Timothy Miller

          I’ve admittedly only tried Team Liquid’s V3 so far. It didn’t leave a bad taste in my mouth per say, but it was a little bit glitchy as far as the UI went, which kind of killed the whole fun of trying out Butter. I also seemed to have some of the same GPS issues that people are complaining about. By the time I had some spare time to start setting my accounts / apps back up I decided it wasn’t worth it for now and just restored my backup.

          I may try another one this weekend out of boredom, but I really prefer source AOSP ROMs that don’t have a single extra feature baked in. If I want extra features I stick to apps and flashing them in myself.

          • Greyhame

            I’m running the same thing, but with the stock kernel.. I tried using the kernel that comes with it, but it was way too glitchy. I didn’t know th3ory had a jb rom… might just have to look into that!

          • KleenDroid

            I don’t know if they would want me to let the cat out of the bag… lol, but all the best roms are at Droidhive.com. The best ICS roms and JB roms.

            Of course this is an opinion. But most of it is either Theory or based on Theory work. The newest stuff is amazing Theory, DHO, and PrimeDirective do nice work.

            I ditched XDA many months ago and visit Rootzwiki sometimes… but DroidHive has been my go to for roms for some time now. At least for the Nexus….

          • Greyhame

            Amazing. 😉 haha

            Seriously tho, definitely agree with you on the pure awesome that are droid th3ory roms!

        • Agreed.

        • erod434

          Yes anything from droidhive.com is automatically a solid ROM, however th3ory said he would not be updating his JB ROM so I would try out PD’s Transcend V2, its the smoothest my phones ever run with air kernel.

        • His color tweaks gave me a headache. Reflashing now.

      • Kyle Fullmer

        The only thing I had to setup on JB was my widgets, jrummy’s ROMToolbox restored all my apps perfectly, and Nova Launcher’s restore feature put everything where it was. Seriously took me like 5 minutes to get back exactly where I was.

        • Greg Smith

          How is Nova Launcher getting along with JB? What about the long press for Google Now? I am on Liquid Vicious Toro V3 with Faux kernel, and only had a problem when I tried to patch it to center the clock and add battery percentage icon, then decided to reverse the change using the revert to stock zip file. This lost my phone connection. Did a dirty reflash of the JB ROM & kernel and all back to normal now, so I’d hate to screw it up again. But I did enjoy Nova Launcher when I was running AOKP M5

      • zepfloyd

        JellyBelly with LeanKernel ftw.

        You can thank me later 😉

        • That’s what I’m running. Razor’s Jelly 2.5 with lean kernel. Runs perfect. I CANNOT go back to ICS now. It’s too slow and buggy.

          • Aaron

            Razor Jelly 2.5 is awesome, love the completely stock look. I’m running the stock kernel and my battery life is the same as ICS how much better is lean kernel?

          • Aaron

            Agreed. I’m running the stock kernal on RJ 2.5 and battery life seems the same as on 4.04. How much better is lean kernel?

          • To be honest, I really don’t notice much of a difference compared to the stock kernel. I’m not into too much customizing, I really want to stick with stock everything as much as possible, but I figured I’d give lean a chance just in case it did help, but it doesn’t really seem to do much at all. But it also doesn’t hurt anything either, so I just left it on.

            Razor’s 2.5 is really phenomenal. I HATE customization and added crap in ROMs, and Razor’s is the smoothest, most stable ROM I’ve tried, and it’s pure stock, which I love. I want Google’s vision of Android, and that is as close as I can get until Verizon releases JB (if that ever happens).

        • Larizard

          I installed VanirBean v5 and it came with Popcorn kernel.. Newbie to this whole thing, what’s the difference?

          • T_Dizzle

            Update to version 7. It runs great. I had some issues w/version 5 but so far version 7 is phenomenal.

    • EC8CH

      They’re doing it wrong then.

    • Trevor

      Over hyped its not that great. I like ICS’s feel and look much better and 4.1 is buggy and it won’t run hbogo or my max payne game that i just got. won’t be switching from aokp build 38 with linaro. so much smoother than 4.1 for me.

      • erod434

        You obviously have not used JB then because if you chose the right ROM there are no bugs and it is 100+% smoother than akop 38 linaro (I know because I came from it). At this point, if you know how to install JB I see no reason not too. There is an in the play store for notification toggles called power control that I love if you need those. Just try it out.

        • Trevor

          “for me” i tried liquid smooth v.2 the day of its release into the wild. it didn’t feel like an upgrade to me. i felt like linaro 38 was faster on my phone. plus wifi failed for me and i tried the fix that was posted a day after JB’s release to the public and it killed my wifi compelety. Im willing to try it again. what rom is do you recommend? and kernel?

          • erod434

            If you like a black “triage” theme and alot of speed use either Engage or Transcend (what I’m currently using and has the most black) from droidhive.com with either Air Kernel (more speed and less battery) or Franco.kernel (less speed but more battery and 1.8 ghz overclock) and if you want the stock JB theme but a little less speed use Jelly Belly with one of those two kernels above. Be sure to make a nandroid backup and hope you like it.

          • Trevor

            love that theme and the rom is fast but it won’t run my 2 favorite games tiger woods and max payne. and hbo go doesnt work. do you know where i can get that theme in a zip file?

          • erod434

            Well there is not zip for the theme but this should fix your app problems with that rom 🙂

          • AnotherAndroidKid

            I am on VanirBEAN v3 still since morning after JB hit. I am considering swapping over to Razer Bean v2.5. Based off the same rom but Razer is more stock (ie, stock kernel).

            I honestly have had no issues that were not operator (ie, i’m the idiot not the programmer) with this so far.

          • Larizard

            I have VanirBean v3 too. What’s the problem with Popcorn Kernel? I’m new to this, and I dunno if I should update my JB ROM. I’ve had it since June 30th, and so far, the only problem I’ve been having is the deep sleep issue. I installed “CPU Spy” and it says my Deep Sleep is at around 40-50% ish.. what does that mean?

            Oh and I had one freeze up. The screen stayed lit, on the lock screen, but I cant interact with the phone. The power and volume buttons didn’t work either. Freaked me out, but I ended up battery pulling, and all is well again.

            Should I be constantly updating and flashing newer ROMs? And how often? What if I’m not getting any problems at all?

            Thanks for the help.

          • AnotherAndroidKid

            I so far have no issue with the popcorn kernel. but i also can’t tell you why i want it either

      • Wait what?

  • tech247

    I’m taking mine up a notch. I am not even eating Apples no more! 🙂

    • Christopher Grame


  • KleenDroid

    Good thing most of us won’t have to accept it.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Honestly, who cares. Most of this site’s audience is already on JB for a GNex.

    • Truth!!!

    • gorkon

      Nah….I kind of will wait until the final builds hit the GSM version….kind of like things to be stable. 😉

      • Aaron

        Razor Jelly 2.5 is 100% stable. I haven’t found a single bug. GPS locks very quickly and battery life is the same as on ICS.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        I am on the only one i flashed. VanirBEAN v3.

        I wanted a full stock experience and although i have a different kernel, i’m having no issues after i turned the ring tone to something other than silent.

        I wasn’t expecting a lot out of JB. I really wasn’t. But JB is as much of a game changer as ICS was coming from Froyo and GB.

        I’m not saying my comment to be mean to those who haven’t made the manual switch yet, but more of a really everyone should. The phone can handle it. There are get out of jail free files to flash back direct from google. The downside is small.

        This is the first ROM i’ve flashed since putting something on my OG way back. I did put it back to stock at the time, but I would never give up JB for ICS at this point. Too much has changed for the better.

  • I think apple is trying to attract flies with vinegar – those sillies don’t know you’re supposed to use honey!

    • No, Apple is trying to attract flies by suing the flies into submission.

  • jbquartet

    wth? dude, stop chewing on your phone.

  • William

    Eat a d!ck Crapple.

  • It’s probably the temporary ICS fix for the lawsuit until JB is ready.

  • Immolate

    We’ll just load the forbidden software through an APK, side-load if necessary. Apple’s shenanigans will be just like copy-protection… expensive but pointless. You cannot keep the online world down.

  • Zach Grabill

    As per usual a custom ROM is the way to go. JB is up to v7 from what I understand. May just make the jump.

    • Do it its awesome and v7 is legit

      • It took them 7 versions to become legit? I am dubious.

    • JB is up to version 7? That doesn’t even make any sense. I think you mean a particular JB ROM is up to version 7. I’m using Razor’s Jelly, which is on 2.5.

    • I am on v7 of VanirBean, it’s awesome. Been using it since v1 as my daily driver. Hardly any issues. Jump now!

      • Timothy Miller

        … hardly any issues, but there’s been 7 versions? So, on average, you’ve had to re-setup your phone every single day since it came out? Sounds annoying. This is why I wait for source ROMs.

        • KenBarnum

          Nope, Simple wipe cache and davlik, then flash new version…No setup. Still no bugs.

        • PC_Tool

          “hardly any issues, but there’s been 7 versions”

          Adding functionality, tweaks, scripts…

          Not all updates are “bugfixes”.

        • ha, not even close. i have over installed every version upgrade. most of these are small fixes.

  • Too late bitches(apple) I’m already on jb and doing local searches as we speak bitch

  • Asimoalex

    someone do it and report back

  • “Enhancement” haaahaaahaaa. That’s funny.

  • 4.0.4 took how long to come out? And now they get this update (if it is in fact related to search) out in days? Just shows you that Verizon can, in fact, get updates out in a timely manner.

    Edit for stupidity.

    • Jigga_Z

      If the update means they can keep selling their product, then yes. Otherwise….no.

      • I’m not saying they will do it – just that the potential is there.

      • Quort

        You would think if people heard that verizon’s nexus didn’t have the latest ice cream sandwich update, it would deter people from buying but I guess verizon didn’t have faith that people were paying attention to tech blogs and stuff like that.

    • InyRules

      The update to .4 wasn’t just software, but radios as well. I’m not saying that’s an excuse for them taking so long to roll it out, but this update only targets one tiny detail within the Android software.

      • I don’t know why I put 4.0.1.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Will this impact a custom rom or those of us running jelly bean? Should I jump on Root Keeper?

  • Jwhap

    For a second…..I thought about unrooting my phone…..naw!

    Edit…. Wow, Verizon was able to get “this” update out just fine now didn’t they?

    • KleenDroid

      Why would you ever unroot for any update? If the update were of any value it would be rolled in to your favorite rom probably on the same day or very close.

      Even if they rolled out Jellybean there is no reason to go through the hassle of unrooting only to go through the whole process again a few hours later.

      • Jwhap

        Lol…..I wouldn’t….I was being funny! I have been running JB since day 1. I would not go back to ICS anyway!

  • KleenDroid


  • theentropic

    No update over here either… but I did flash the leaked version of the current stock build. So I’m not entirely sure I’m still on the official upgrade path.

    • KleenDroid

      If not that would be a good thing. There is no reason to accept an upgrade that is actually a downgrade.

  • Yeah, this is to change the behavior of Search so that it only shows web results and nothing from locally on your phone in order to comply with the injunction on sales of the Galaxy Nexus. This doens’t infringe on Apple’s patents, so this will allow the GNexus to be sold again.

  • sc0rch3d

    does apple realize how many people are not on stock that may never receive this update? 🙂

    • Don’t tell them that, they might start taking legal action against developers.

    • KleenDroid

      Correct… We all have a Nexus which means we are not even on stock software. Well maybe a couple are….

      Most of us are running Jellybean

      • sc0rch3d

        got on it 3 days ago. just wow.

    • Dwayne H

      Ill guarantee you there are a hell of a lot more stock.

  • james dawley

    I ain’t got no update notification they need to push out jb

    • KleenDroid

      Good, you don’t want it anyway….

  • i have no update…

  • John

    This just makes me dislike Apple even more.

  • Timothy Miller

    If it’s the dumbed down Search function I’m mostly shocked that Verizon is getting it out so quickly. Then again, I guess I’m not shocked at the same time… this is, after all, something that could effect Verizon’s sales. I’m sure if it only hurt the customers they’d take another 3 months.

    • Google said it would go live today though.

    • Larizard

      But i already bought the device. Why do i have to be affected by this stupid lawsuit? I’m keeping my JellyBean :3

    • 4n1m4L

      I just installed it. If you open the update package the only thing it really changes is framework and the search app. But to me… search is exactly the same. Probably was just a workaround for copyrighted code

  • realfoxm

    Verizon’s fastest update evar.

    • Right, I wish they could push out JB this quickly.

      • 4n1m4L

        They jjust released the proprietary stuff for the i515. Time to learn to compile. ]8)

    • JSIN

      this update keeps money in their pockets JB would keep people from buying a brand new device just to get it.

    • TJEgan

      Because this will affect sales (or has Verizon already stopped selling the G-Nex altogether already?)

      • It is difficult to find the Nexus in the VZW store’s I have been in recently. They are hidden off in a corner usually.

        • Seems as if theyve been actively pushing people to other phones for awhile. Sales rep at the store i went to tried hard to push me elsewhere.

          • ERIC REED

            He was just trying to save you from being disappointed with your purchase for two years!!

          • Bassdj

            Not the best comment.

          • ERIC REED

            It’s not hard to upset a Nexus owner…

          • Ethan

            Too true. Snippy little fellows (my wife included!)

    • yarrellray

      The Verizon Galaxy Nexus will not see this update till Aug/September at best. Verizon never does anything worth wild. Plus we all know that the CDMA VERIZON GALAXY NEXUS isn’t a true Nexus anyway so way send the update at all…

      • squiddy20

        You really are stupid.
        1. Unless you have insider knowledge about Verizon’s update process (HIGHLY unlikely), you’re undoubtedly wrong given that A) you’ve been wrong on just about every statement or “prediction” you’ve ever made, and B) Verizon wouldn’t have test build floating around and not release it ASAP given the Galaxy Nexus ban.
        2. The phrase is spelled “worth while” not “worth wild”. Seriously, you can barely spell. How did you make it to 50 or so years in this world?
        3. Since you obviously can’t tell, let me spell it out for you. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is a “true” Nexus because A) it has the word “Nexus” in the name of the phone, B) it is/was touted by Verizon, Samsung, AND Google as a Nexus phone. Besides, no one from Google has ever come out and stated *exactly* what a Nexus phone is or is not. It’s morons like yourself who perpetuate this utter BS.

        • You sir, win 10 internets.

          • michael arazan

            This is the first time I don’t want an update. It’s time to go Tyler Durden on Apple. Time to start making “soap” ; )

        • yarrellray

          I see the trolling with you never stops now your on this Site too what a dick throb you really are. You are not a Verizon customer nor do you have a Version Galaxy Nexus so shut the hell up asswipe. You are on Sprint with that crappy as network your the biggest joke in any forum. Personally Sprint might be CDMA but they are not Verizon at all. Your not rolling with the big boys nor have you ever rolled with the big boys. Instead of trolling ever web site known to man open up a book and start learning more of your college studies you can definitely use it. Your so misguided and dopey it’s pretty comical college boy..

  • This is definitely the fix for the a*ple lawsuit.

    • Robhimself79

      Apple is sickening with this BS. They are really just re assuring me that I do not want an iPhone ever again.

      • RedPandaAlex

        Or any Apple product. I just don’t like the tech universe that they’re trying to invent and I want no part of it.

        • Robhimself79

          Google is trying to keep you using the play store but they don’t insist on it. Its the fair way to do it and its just sad that people don’t see what apple is doing.

          • RedPandaAlex

            It’s sad that Google is the only one giving you options these days. Microsoft and Amazon are going the same route as Apple. And I’m guessing Firefox OS by its nature won’t limit you to their store (whatever that looks like).

        • mjv5117

          i refuse to use apple products, i still own and use a zune…….