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When is the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Going to Receive Jelly Bean?

Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released on December 15, 2011. At that time, Big Red customers all thought they had hit the jackpot. This was the first time since the original DROID that they would be able to lock into a 100% stock Android phone with an unlockable bootloader. Not only that, but as a “Nexus,” it should receive updates before the rest of the world and in an incredibly timely manner.

On day 1, it received an update to Android 4.0.2 – life was grand. Then the next day, Google announced that Android 4.0.3 was the new starting point for Ice Cream Sandwich and the waiting game for it to arrive on Verizon’s version began. As you all know now, we waited almost 6 months for that update to arrive. In fact, 4.0.3 never did show up. Instead Verizon skipped it in place of 4.0.4, which was nothing more than a bug fixer.

But now, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) has been announced and is already rolling out to every GSM Galaxy Nexus on the planet. As you can imagine, every Galaxy Nexus owner on Verizon has asked countless times, “When will we get the update?”ย 

It will receive Jelly Bean

First of all, the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is going to see Android 4.1, no matter what. It’s the most current “Nexus” device and since other versions of it are already receiving it, we have no reason to suspect that this version won’t. Not that any of you were questioning this idea, but we just want to make that clear.

But when?

Well, if you go off of the previous schedule for the 4.0.4 update, we could be looking at upwards of 6 months. Since we have no other time frame to go off of, you shouldn’t be surprised if it takes a while. We should also point out that the jump from 4.0 to 4.1 is much larger than the jump from 4.0.2 to 4.0.4 was. In fact, Android 4.1 is big enough to warrant a name change, but beyond that, it introduces so many new features that it would take us an hour to list them all out. Again, if it took 6 months to push a bug fixer, how long could it take to push a significant update?

What’s the holdup?

Unlike other Nexus devices, this one requires carrier approval on updates before Google can release them. The updates still come directly from Google, but Verizon wants to sign off on them beforehand and that’s what took the update from .02 to .04 almost 6 months to be released. I hate to say it, but if we have to wait for Verizon’s extra long testing process on 4.1, you can uncross fingers and try to get comfortable with 4.0.4 for a while. VZW is known for having one of the slowerย more thorough testing practices when it comes to both devices and updates. We would have hoped that this process would have been streamlined for a bare bones Nexus, but so far that hasn’t been the case.

Seriously, when can we expect an update?

If you want Jelly Bean today, go ahead and root your device and flash one of the many Android 4.1 custom ROMs that are available. If you are only into official builds that come from Google, it could be weeks or even months. Unless there is a separate team at Verizon dedicated to testing only Galaxy Nexus builds, I can’t imagine they are going to drop testing of ICS for the Rezound, Spectrum, Bionic, and DROID 4 so that G-Nex owners are happy. While that would be ideal to many of us, it’s probably not a reality.

I know that doesn’t give you much of an answer, but it does lay out the process and the past. We know that not all of you are into ROMs, but the quickest way truly is to take advantage of your Nexus phone and think about rooting it and tossing on a custom Android 4.1 ROM. If you are afraid to, don’t be. It’s almost impossible to do anything to your phone that it cannot be recovered from. Google has given you the stock files to return from anything disastrous. For the time being, feel free to dabble and hack, you may learn something or find a new passion for Android. Not only that, but it will help pass the time while we wait for the carrier barrier.

  • Everyone needs to remember that it took Google until the end of March to release 4.0.4, Verizon’s update appeared 7 weeks later. Unlikely to take 6 months as the author stated.

  • jrfergy

    Verizon claims it is Samsung that is holding up Jelly Bean. Who is really responsible, Verizon or Samsung?

  • don omar

    Flashed JellyBean Bugless Beast Toro and it works amazingly smooth

  • don omar

    Reading this article made me finally unlock my boot loader and root my phone. The wugfresh was self explanatory. But it did wipe everything out, including picks.

  • yummypocalypse

    Fark waiting. I am about
    to do the root canal to my

  • Woody Fentress

    Wugfresh Nexus Root Toolkit is seriously a lifesaver for backing up, unlocking and rooting for someone like me who has not rooted a phone in over 2 years and has no idea what he is doing. I was about to walk away from the idea of rooting but my mostly android clueless ass was able to follow his instructions and app very easily.
    Hope this helps someone out there!
    Just putting it out there in hopes that more people use it!

  • cgmartin33

    Just wanted to say that I am a Motorola fanboy (since the OG)…over the years went to the DX…Bionic…now RAZR running ICS and couldn’t be happier. I stayed away from the GNex because of the radio issues, poor build quality, etc…but on Amazon’s 1 penny day I added a line and couldn’t resist. Holy sh!t this think is badass! Within an hour I was unlocked, rooted, running Vicious V1 (based off of 4.1.1) and overclocked to 1.8ghz. I feel like I did with my OG Droid customizing everything from the battery indicator to the navigation control height and color. Call quality is great…no data drops…no WiFi issues…feels just like the RAZR but much faster and running JB..Love this thing and can’t beat it for a penny ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • A Network locked Nexus is NOT a true Nexus… Simple…

    Also, being a Nexus device, you need not always need your operator’s permission to enjoy latest and best Android experience… Root it, flash custom ROM, ENJOYYYY….

  • Chris

    I went to the local VZW store yesterday to get some help with my GNex voice connectivity issues, still having occasional, but less frequent, mic mutes (or whatever they are) and sometimes my phone doesn’t connect to the network when I dial out. The sales person gave me the typical run around telling me that the issues are from their upgrading our local network to LTE and that there are also some known issues with the GNex and Charge. She claimed that the phones had the same issue and that a software fix is coming “ASAP”. When I asked what ASAP mean, she said, “who knows with these guys, it could be tomorrow it could be next week”. She then said she could give me another GNex but it would have the same problems. So I just thought I would include to this discussion what I found out. Of course it doesn’t really mean anything, just one more example of lack of support from VZW.

  • Idk what y’all are talking about my Verizon gnex already has 4.1…….I do t know of this slow update process you speak of ???

    • Yes, we get the joke. You know how to flash a ROM.

  • Well, mine received JB about 12 hours after it was announced. If your question is when will it OFFICIALLY receive JB… probably about the time the next OS comes out.

  • Gr8Ray

    I really don’t get it. Out one side of your mouth, you complain about locked bootloaders, while out the other side, you’re complaining about slow OTA updates. Seriously, WTF? The whole point of unlocking a bootloader is to manually flash updates. If you want to wait for OTA updates, get a Droid and STFU.

  • Russell Sprague

    It’s a nexus, it suppose to be rooted. The root process is so easy on this phone, there is no excuse not to root it. Why wait, JB is the best android build so far, get to rooting!

    • HueThree

      You almost have to root if on Verizon

  • VZWDicks

    My Maguro has it already. If you have Toro you should probably root if you want JB, cuz Verizon isn’t giving it to you anytime soon. They are dicks…but they are giving you what you wanted right. Family Shared plans are more important (lucrative) than updates. Go carrier unlocked and enjoy freedom. Tell VZW to eat it.

  • John Hance

    Some of these JB builds have been really iffy for me. I finally found one that doesn’t get stuck in a bootloop every time I turn it off (JellyBelly 3.7), but the actual performance doesn’t seem much better than ICS. I’d like to know how VZW tests these phones and why they have a >6 month queue to release an update.

    • Jwhap

      Bugless Beast is close to flawless! I have ran Jelly Belly, Vicious and Vanirbean and BB is smoking them all! you should check it out he just released a nightly 2 days ago.

  • Guest

    Suckers!! And you think Verizon cares about its customers?

  • trust_worthy1

    someone point me in the direction of the most stable ROM for the VZ gnex please. I haven’t rooted, but I think its time. I cannot wait 3-6 months for JB. That’s insane for a “nexus” device.

    • jk

      i’ve been running razor’s jelly for the past three weeks and have not had a single problem, not even one reboot the whole time. it’s by far the most stable rom i’ve ever run. it’s not based off of 4.1.1 but it’s been spectacular – i don’t have a single complaine.

    • Jwhap

      Bugless beast seems to be the most stable from what I have come across so far. A good majority of them are running very good though. Vicious, Jellybelly and Nexusbean are all good.

  • Lamar Sumner
  • trust_worthy1

    thanks so much. I was waiting for a story like this from DL. I may root. I rooted and ROM’d a Nook Color, but that was a while back. I’m rusty. I might just hold off until CM10 RC1

  • Absolutely. I learned a lot unlocking, rooting, and flashing ROM’s on my Verizon G Nexus. Verizon has the best service by far in my area, so I am stuck with them. I’ve been running Jellybean for a while. My girl liked it so much that we got her a Galaxy Nexus and rooted and Jellybean(ed) it… LOL.

  • markuz

    All I got to say about this is F*** Verizon!!!!!!! They get paid every month but they don’t want to do their job! F*** Them!

  • SecurityNick

    This is one clear advantage that iPhone users have. Apple obviously bullied the carriers with their contracts that did not either 1, require them to test updates or 2, doesn’t even give them the option to test updates. It’s kind of ridiculous that Apple has that much power over the carriers, but it’s even more ridiculous that they bow down. Apple pushes out updates, and everyone gets them. Also, buying an iPhone is even a different process than any other phone at Verizon. They actually have a different ordering and payment process. It baffles me.

  • ABerry5

    simple answer.. 2 weeks ago .. but now i’m on 4.1.1 for about a week now

  • amen ramly

    if i rooted my phone..will it automaticly update when jb released?

  • yarrellray

    Thank God I am not on this wheel. The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is HISTORY in my world. I welcome my smooth working Galaxy S3 on Tmobile now and I couldn’t be any happier. I killed three birds with one stone. I dumped Verizon for Tmobile and it’s superior GSM HSPA PLUS 42MPS network, I dumped my poor reception and piss poor signal strength Galaxy Nexus thank God for that, and now I can wait for the next new Nexus coming November which will be brought from the Google play store. My Galaxy S3 bitch slaps any silly Verizon Galaxy Nexus even if it has jellybean.

  • Was deliberating “to flash or not to flash” since Google IO. But this post did it. Flashed 7/19 nightly Bugless Beast JB. Was paranoid before as had burned my fingers while flashing 4.0.4 before. This is what I did this time, if anyone in my situation wants to know –

    1. Took a full backup of the apps and data with Titanium bakcup root.
    2. Synced/Uploaded all these backups to Dropbox. (In case sdcard gets wiped)
    3. Used “FolderSync” to upload other important sdcard data to dropbox.
    4. Boot into CWM touch (wooo-hooo) and factory reset, wipe cache, wipe delvic.
    5. Flashed the rom zip. Reboot
    6. Thank god it didn’t boot loop. Initial Google login dance and I was in.
    7. Open play store and install Solid Explorer & Titanium Backup root.
    8. Thankfully SDcard wasn’t wiped and everything was still there. Else I would’ve had to download my backups to my sdcard.
    9. Fireup Titanium Backup; it detects the backups. Switch to batch operations and click “restore missing apps with data”.

    This is currently going on in my cell while I am typing this.

    Compared to horror of last 3 flash, this one was breeze.

    Issues with this ROM – any download from Play Store is taking too much time to start. Once download starts, it finishes fast. But start takes time.

  • trigun123478

    I have rooted and installed jelly bean and I love it. The point though is that Verizon shouldn’t be allowed to have this much control. I *******Verizon for this. I mean why doesn’t google just pay a bunch of money to ensure the Verizon Nexus gets updates pushed. I mean I wish google had the power apple does. I want to leave Verizon so bad but no other carrier has the coverage in my area. sigh.

    • Apple doesn’t have any more power than Google does. Apple just hides it better. They delay releasing GSM builds until their CDMA builds get approved, then they push them both at the same time.

  • Its another life lesson. Not to buy a carrier branded Nexus. I’m riding my contract out

  • MrEnglish

    Here’s the answer I got from VZW today:
    Hello (redacted), My name is Steven. We apologize for any confusion regarding Googleโ€™s recent announcement of Android Jelly Bean. I too will be waiting for this new version of the Android OS when Google releases it. I have read many articles about Jelly Bean, there are many of them stating phones that Google has implied it will be available for first, but it is still being developed and tested. There has been a recent release of the SDK version by Google, this is a developer version of the software and is not considered a finished product. When new software is developed we do need to have extensive testing of the product on the phones it will be released for, before it can be sent out as an update to the public. This process is collaboration between Google (the software developer), the phonesโ€™ manufacture, and Verizon Wireless; please understand that this process takes time. We hope that Google and us are able to get this software upgrade soon after Google has released the finished product. We appreciate your business and loyalty. Please have a wonderful week. Sincerely, Steven Verizon WirelessCustomer Service

    • trigun123478

      I hate Verizon

  • CHRIS42060

    I’m just biding my time until the end of my contract with Big Red. My next Nexus device will be purchase from Google and activated on a GSM Carrier. I commend Google for attempting to reach out to us CDMA folks, but giving Bid Red so much power over the “Google Experience” is so unfortunate.

    • interstellarmind


  • UrDoGG

    I’m tired of Verizon’s tactics, so I’m going to root and rom my GNex this weekend so I can get JB. I’m looking for a really good totally stock JB rom (like as stock as they come). Can you guys give me some suggestions?

    • Tyler Chappell

      Bugless Beast is probably your best option. The one by Team Vicious is pretty nice too.

    • BuglessBeast great rom strick AOSP, only problem I’m having with all JB roms are GPS lock

  • BB Rockin out!

    Finally gave into peer pressure. I’m now rooted and sporting BB. I must say it is awesome! Now I’m back to ROM update addiction like I was with the OG Droid.

  • Str8Rippin

    FNV JellyBean ROM is running like butter…

  • chuckg73

    Does iPhone software updates get the okay from Verizon before it gets pushed out. If not then why is Google playing this game

    • Yes, Apple has to go through the same approval process so I’m told.

  • fanboy1974

    Last time I used a factory image was on the first day I got my Nexus and I never looked back. Within 10 minutes I already unlocked my device and had a custom rom up and running. At this stage having a unlocked bootloader beats out the importance of having timely updates on Verizon. Imagine if the Rezound had a unlocked bootloader from day one. For me that phone had more hardware potential but because of the silly workarounds I got a Nexus. And now look where HTC is. So as of today I still love my Nexus and I prey that Verizon gets another one this year with unlockable boot loader.

  • I can’t believe Verizon basically neutered a Nexus! Its the one phone that is supposed to get timely updates. This is beyond horrible.

  • Sith77

    Welcome to what rezound owners have been going through since nov, Verizon is horrible ………..absolutely horrible . I can’t believe their lies and bs . Then to see today that their quartly earnings report showed that their profits were up almost 50% that should show you they could care less about updating and more about making u buy new devices …..@ssholes

  • guest

    this post and the comments under it inspired me to root my phone. just installed pete’s bb… google now/siri-like thing is cool. working on getting all my old apps back on…

  • One question. I have an unlocked GNex and want to root and rom to Pete’s BB. Do I need to uninstall Google Wallet first so that it doesn’t lock up my NFC chip? Once I figure this out, its time to rom.

    • no u dont but make sure you wipe etc before flashing

  • I unlocked and rooted the first day I had it. I’m sorry to say that OTA isn’t what Nexus is all about. Nexus is about taking the power away from the carrier and putting it into your own hands.

  • Goat1202

    I’m unlocked but not rooted on Verizon. I heard you can flash stock jelly bean but will then be rooted. Where could I find this and would I flash it like I would a leaked OTA with CWM?

    • Check rootzwiki or XDA. They’re not 100% stock, but are community-submitted builds.


    If you don’t have Jelly Bean on you Galaxy Nexus it’s your own damn fault.

  • name

    Sorry guys but must ask what bout RAZR and the d4

    • Droidalicious

      Don’t hold your breath

  • Steve

    As my “Flagship” Tbolt waits for ics..

    • Jwhap

      ………yeah. I would sell it on ebay and get a nexus!

    • bwhahaha pathetic god you give me flash backs of when i use to actually hate my phone

    • tyguy829

      I somehow dont think its coming. Didnt you hear the desire hd’s ics was just cancelled due to “performance issues”…they are pretty much the same phone so i’m skeptical

  • wm snyder

    The wuggs root tool kit, titanium backup, rom manager and 4.1 rom

  • Ok, this article put me over the edge. Is there a walkthrough on droid-life explaining how to root and rom. Sorry, I am a newbie.

  • Fear-mongering, eh?

    • How do you come to that conclusion?

      • In the article he suggested it could take longer than 6 months. We have no idea, really. So saying oooh, this could be another huge mess is fear-mongering. How do you read this site and not realize that Kellex likes to sensationalize?

  • MrEnglish

    Guess I gotta crank up my winblows machine and put the root to the Gnex, cuz I sure as heck am not doing it on a mac.

  • MrEnglish

    I am so close to rooting and rom’ing but this phone is so important to me insomuch as I use it primarily for business that I don’t want to take a chance, oh screw it. Time to break away from VZN’s BS hold.

    • Jwhap

      you will have better performance from most of the jellybean roms than you will get on stock ICS.

    • all your apps will work just go with bb jb

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    I just got the white gnex and when I got it I noticed it was a yakjuxw. I thought that was only for verizon nexus devices but i saw some posts with other people having gsm nexus devices that were yakjuxw. I wasnt getting the update and I just ended up flashing the factory image for 4.0.4 yakju and that worked for me. I have no clue if you can do that with a verizon nexus but like I said i was able to flash it to my gsm model.

    • yakju/takju is GSM only. toro/toroplus are CDMA.

      • Jroc869, Cool story bro

        Thanks for the clarification this confuses the hell out of me lol.

  • I’m never buying a nexus on verizon

  • Tyler

    Currently running Vicious 4.1.1 v1. Its been good but what are some other ROMs that are getting updates? I was thinking about pete’s BB 4.1 rom. Any other good ones?

    • Bugless Beast is the best one I’ve seen so far.

      • Jwhap

        I still have not tried it yet. I started downloading it today but got to 28% and had to leave wifi……It looks great though. Any known issues on BB?

      • / agree

  • But remember, 4.0.3 never even made it to GSM Galaxy Nexus phones. It went straight to 4.0.4. We got 4.0.4 on our phones about 6 weeks after that happened. I say it’ll be sooner than that since we gained AOSP though. It won’t be that much longer.

  • Alright I’m on a non rooted G-Nex I’ve really thought hard about rooting but as far as JB roms are concerned wouldn’t the GSM version work with our LTE version ? I think I read something that they are nearly identical and could work on either device? Also if I do ever feel confident enough to root what are some key rules I need to always remember?

  • I wish Google would go the Apple way does with pushing their own updates to Nexus devices and if carriers don’t want it, oh well, its not up to them. Apple has it good — they aren’t impeeded by the pathetic shenanigans of all the carriers holding back their stupid updates (among other things, like only having two screen sizes to build for and all).

    I don’t understand why they don’t do this and I don’t understand why we let Apple get away with it when Google can’t. It’s not fair to Google, the manufacturer, or the customer and only helps fuel “fragmentation” talk and makes Apples misinformed keynotes sound better.

    PS: I’ve been on Jelly Bean since the first leak and was rooted long before that. The rest of my four friends with Gnexs aren’t though, and they’re wanting JB features…

    • What most people don’t understand is Apple’s CDMA iPhone updates go through the same approval process. Apple just holds off and releases both GSM and CDMA together once they’re all approved for release. That way it makes it seem like there’s no delay.

  • BrianCherry

    I want to know when the Nexus S is going to receive Jelly Bean since im using Windows 8 and the drivers and Rootkit arent compatible which prevents me from installing custom ROMS

  • Frank Davis

    And.. not to mention, we Verizon Xoom owners got the ics update like 4 month after it was released to wifi owners.

  • randompsychology

    I’m running with Jelly Belly 3.6, and I have to say–the battery life on Jellybean in general is *incredible.* Even the ports from GSM G’Nex had better battery life than ICS. LTE is still a bit of a drainer, sure, but in every other scenario, my phone could run for multiple days on Wifi.


  • HeartStrong07

    I believe the best strategy to speed-up OTAs is for more people to unlock, root and flash ROMs. Honestly, it is not difficult and it add to the fun/value factor or the Galaxy Nexus.

  • MikeSaver

    Would someone be willing to hold my hand while I root for the first time to get Jelly Bean? By that I mean help me via e-mail and direct me to a good ROM.

  • nightscout13

    OG Droid will probably receive JB before the Verizon G-Nex does.

  • tech247

    Rolling with Bugless Beast already with JB Verizon binaries. Only suckers wait for Big Red to fulfill their desires…..

  • Merlin

    Too bad there wasn’t any carrier testing on the last update for the original Incredible. Seemed to have trashed almost everyone’s phone. Or, maybe that’s what Verizon wanted.

  • The problem with unlocking the bootloader for people who haven’t done it the first day is that they will lose a lot of their data even if they backup and restore. I found that many of my games weren’t back up. It really sucks that very few developers choose to save their app’s data on Google’s server, and it’s unbelievable that Google still doesn’t realize it is a problem — you don’t have to unlock the bootloader to be bothered by this problem. Everytime when you change to a new Android phones, you will lose your app data if you are not root and aren’t using something like Titanium Backup.

    • Jwhap

      I had to go through this when I unlocked and rooted my phone in February. I honestly never thought I would need to because I was going to get updates first. When that did not happen, I took matters into my own hands. But loosing everything kinda sucks!

  • William White

    For those of you on the ‘just root do it now OMG you’re an idiot if you don’t, there’s no reason not to!!!’ train, please be aware that there are people like myself who use this phone for business in addition to personal use. Many business apps–such as Good for Enterprise–do not function on a rooted device. As a result, we can’t root our phones and are stuck waiting on official updates.
    Could I go back to carrying two phones, having the BlackBerry for business and rooting/ROMing my Nexus to my heart’s content? Yes, but the advantage of having just one phone outweighs my desire for the latest and greatest OS update.
    Just wanted to mention this, as I’m getting sick of seeing so many people say there’s no reason not to root. I know users such as myself are a minority, but we are out there.

    • kervation

      Totally agree. If it makes sense for you personally then that’s great. But for some people rooting is not an option. The GNex is stiil a great phone either way.

    • randompsychology

      You can actually install a custom ROM without being rooted. Yeah, most of the custom ones come pre-rooted, but there are ways of disabling that.

      To my knowledge, apps can’t detect an unlocked phone, only a rooted one. So, you really could actually use a custom ROM in a business setting. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        See, example well illustrated. Very courteous advice, but yet those who root just cannot fathom, or be content with those around them having an independent opinion, or the gall to not root their device. “Yeah that is great and all that you are completely fine with a stock device, but here is a way you can root it anyways. Join us, all those who do not are morons”.

        • Got your panties bunched up awful tight tonight eh? Randompsychology never insinuated the guy was any of the colorful adjectives you’ve got coming out of that pent up nerdrage. William said “hey I can’t root my phone cause my apps won’t work, so I’m stuck on the official rom”, Random said “hey, thats not quite true, if you want to there are options”. Then you came in all stompy like a three year old hopped up on sugar ranting how “omg you’re being a dick to the guy, whahahahaha” all because he offered a suggestion. I suggest you check your meds, you’re a little off there pal.

          • Seth Crain

            Actually solipsisticpsycology said that about ALL who root, not just randompsycology. So who’s the close minded biggit now?

        • me987654

          It’s actually a horrible travesty that devices don’t come rooted. It amazes me that people are willing to pay so much money for something they don’t even have control over

    • Sergei

      It’s not true. I have rooted phone and Good for Enterprise is running with no problem.

    • AMEN. Wow, I’ve been trying to write those exact paragraphs for a couple months. Props, bro.

    • SolipsisticPsychologist

      Yeah you will always see that elitist condescending attitude anywhere there are root discussions going on. If you don’t do what everyone else is doing, well you are just wholly inadequate and very worthy of mindless drone scorn. Or to put it in Netard speak “you’re doing it wrong! umadbro?! I not mad, I mad homosexual though, yagnawlawmeenz?! LOL (but I’m not literally laughing out loud, in fact I’m not even snickering to myself) umadbrosexual?”. I saved people the time and frustration of hiring a Netard translator, you are quite welcome.

      • jaydub

        what….. what are you talking about? have you been eating peanut butter? Because it sounds like you have been eating peanut butter..

    • ostensibly

      overall you’re probably in the majority, just in the minority here ๐Ÿ˜€

    • JimboAndroidDude

      I totally agree with William.
      More people are using personal devices (BYOD) in the workplace. Bring your own device is growing very fast and MDM systems check OS versions and kicks out jailbroken and rooted devices from connecting to corporate networks. Over the next year BYOD will be even more common and those people will be impacted if they Root their phones. Small minority today, good number of them 12 to 18 months from now.

    • NorCalGuy

      I believe in cm it comes not rooted and then you can choose levels of root when you want to use it. Also what about using an app live voodoo ota root keeper and just frees root for work and then root and ROM when you want to have fun(rooting and in rooting take only a few seconds with this app)

    • ABerry5

      I rely on my phone for work.. navigation, calls, emails 12 hours a day… what you are saying is exactly why I didn’t root for 5 months.. when I did I realized I was a complete idiot for not doing it sooner

      • Gr8Ray

        ^- This!

    • me987654

      It’s unfortunate that companies choose to use software like Good with anti-employee settings. I’d laugh at my employer and move on if they tried that here, but I realize not everyone is in that position

  • NYAvsFan

    I’m enjoying some Vicious Jellybean on my unlocked GNEX. Why, was Verizon planning on getting JB at some point as well??

  • why does it take 9 hours to download BB?

    • will bartlett

      i thought you got rid of your gnex

      • Busted.

        • Jwhap

          That is funny! Though I have to agree, the size of bugless is a bit crazy!

  • Rob

    And is it just me or is anyone else wondering if there is a “buttered popcorn” version of JB? I friggin’ LOVE buttered popcorn flavored jelly beans. It seems that people either love em or they hate em.

    • SolipsisticPsychologist

      Heck yeah, I love those Jelly Belly’s! Those and the spicy cinammon and Dr. Pepper ones are my favorite jelly beans.

  • Anonymous333

    Ok somebody help me out…i also dont want to wait for verizon anymore so please tell me whats the best place to root my phone and what is the best jelly bean ROM out there?

    • kervation

      As far as best place, Rootzwiki & XDA have some good tutorials. Start a Google search like “How to root the Galaxy Nexus” will bring you a ton of info. As far as best ROM, that is alway subjective based on personal preferences. Just take a look in the forums and see what the community votes up or down. Good luck!

    • duke69111

      Just an FYI, Unlocking your phone will wipe it.

  • Rob

    How complete are the JB ROMs out there? I have seen a few that lacked some features; just curious really.

    But then again I don’t remember if what I have read is for the SGS3 or G-Nex (regarding the completeness of the JB ROM).

    • Our ROMs are complete. Check out Bugless Beast. SGS3 doesn’t have it since the locked bootloader happened

  • otter34

    Really good article.

  • Trevor-kai Craig

    This is a great article that reminds me of the wonders of having a ROOTED Nexus device (which Verizon is trying to get rid of as well).

  • yep

    i haven’t read the comments yet but I’m assuming this is the part where everyone with a Nexus says “I have Jellybean. I manually put it on and I love it blah blah.”

  • fixxmyhead

    glad i bought my wife a real galaxy nexus

  • kervation

    I called Verizon tech support…..I know, I know, I couldn’t keep a straight face either. Anyway I asked when the Jelly Bean OTA would be pushed to the device. Obviously she didn’t know so she forwarded me to “tech” support Level 2 and he stated that It would hit phones in October, no lie. It didn’t really matter to me because I am rooted and rockin JB but this info may be of some help to others.

    Now, I’m not one to believe tech support and what they say regarding anything about devices on their network but this eerily made a lot of sense when it comes to Big Red doing anything in a “timely” manner. FWIW just thought I would mention that to those in the community that have a stock GNex. If you’re comfortable with it, now is the time to root that bad boy. Trust me, after having Jelly Bean on your device you will be glad you did.

  • Jonah B

    I refuse to wait any longer so I am going to root my nexus. The only thing keeping me from doing it is not understanding everything that goes along with it like custom recoveries and stuff.. Does anybody have a link to somewhere that will explain everything or could somebody explain it to me?

    • Greg Morgan

      Welcome to the club! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kervation

      I second that! Rootzwiki and XDA will all have valuable info about rooting your device. There are numerous threads and online tutorials that will have you up and running in no time.

      • Jonah B

        Thatnks for the help!

  • Michael_NM

    “Itโ€™s the most current โ€œNexusโ€ device..” My Nexus 7 begs to differ. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • ScottyfromGA

    OTA? been running Vicious 4.1.1 for a while now….F the update.

    • rd

      I’m running same ROM and good so far. How’s it treating you?

  • mz

    You mean you have this phone and you’re not rooted yet? What are you waiting for? JB 4.1.1 here!

  • SD_Scott

    Honestly, I could care less what Verizon does… I bought this phone for the dev community not OTA updates.


  • RyanO

    I want JB but I want to make sure I won’t be lose any of my aps or functionality by rooting and flashing. Can I back up my settings and programs and reinstall them after I flash JB? Can I restore the free app of day programs that I got from Amazon?

    • Yes, Yes and Yes my friend!. Titanium Backup to create a Nandroid!

    • ddevito

      Root – then buy Titanium pro – backup your apps + data, and your system settings. WugsFresh toolkit does this also, connected to a PC.

      Otherwise Google retains your apps, as does Amazon.

      • ChristopherLeMeilleur

        Lulz, beat me by a second. Well done sir.

    • ChristopherLeMeilleur

      Yep. Root first. Install Titanium Backup (or similar program). Back up your stuff. Install new rom via recovery. Restore apps via Titanium. Done.

    • Core

      You’re going to need to unlock the pone first which WILL wipe everything

      • So this is why I haven’t done any rooting yet. You HAVE to unlock before you can root and unlocking WILL wipe all the data on the phone??? Is there no way to backup BEFORE hand? Titanium Backup and others all need root access to do the back up.

        It seems like I would have needed to unlock the phone on the first day before anything got put on there.

        Is there any work around or solution or does one just have to initially bite the bullet for the root goodness?

        • Pedro

          There is no workaround.
          You can pull the pictures, downloads, etc from the phone by dragging the accessible portion from the phone when you plug it into a computer (I think, it’s been years since I had a device I didn’t IMMEDIATELY fastboot oem unlock).
          You can backup the SMS/phone log etc with various apps (SMS Backup+ worked for me).
          But game save data, or anything else app specific will be gone. The app can be downloaded again, but the data will be lost.

          If I’m wrong, I’m sure someone will correct me.

          • Well thanks for the scoop! I’ll mull it over and see if I want to take the plunge.

        • duke69111

          I think you can download backup apps for some apps, like angry birds backup, sms backup, but most of your stuff will be wiped.

        • will bartlett

          you can root before unlocking…

          rooting and unlocking are 2 different things.

  • Executor 32

    I’m betting on at LEAST September, if not longer, since 4.0.4 hit a full two months after the GSM version.

  • Ury Fischer

    Honestly, I didn’t buy the G-Nex to ensure I would get updates from Verizon. I got it so I could install updates on my own despite Verizon. Coming from the Droid X, this was a huge step forward. So, who cares when the official JB drops for this phone, I will probably be ready to install a Key Lime Pie ROM by then.

  • T4rd

    I would be funny if Sprint updated their Gnex before Verizon despite Toro being listed as an AOSP device on Google’s page now. But I bet they will get them around the same time in 4-6 months.

  • Kevin Radloff

    Uh, the VZW gnex got 4.0.4 just under 2 months after the GSM versions got it. Yes, it took 6 months for the VZW version to get updated, but it also took 4 months for the GSM versions to be updated, too.

  • trixnkix637

    Has Team Gummy come up with a Jelly Bean Rom yet?

    • k_nivesout

      Gummy is no more, see kejar31’s twitter for more info.

  • Pathetic. Wonder why it didn’t take them long to test and implement their “Share Your Wallet” plans and destroy unlimited data plans?

  • Shaunwin

    So what is the best JB rom, now? and why… And is there a JB rom to be watching for?

    • ddevito

      Bugless Beast gets my vote.

      Fast, stable, smooth, 99.99% stock. Adds wireless tethering (hotspot), removes things no longer needed (System Update – HA!), frequent updates, chrome default browser. I’m almost brave enough to say my GNex runs faster than my Nexus 7.

      Pete Alfonso is the man. Can’t wait for the first Bugless Beast ROM for the Nexus 7.

      • tell us why

        • It’s the one with the least amount of author modifications and noticible bugs. As close to AOSP stock as one can possibly get.

      • Holy crap yes!!! BB is THE BEST JB ROM out there right now. It is flawless.

      • kervation

        I concur!

  • summit1986

    Next bank holiday after never.

  • Ryan Powell

    I held out for 4.0.4 from Verizon but I can’t do it any more. I really want to have Google Now for my Gnex. The only reason I’m not rooting right this second is my Gnex has been randomly powering off when it’s in my pocket. I’ll pull it out and notice it’s turned off. Started a week ago and it’s happened about 10+ times now. Figure I might as well get a new Gnex for free under warranty before I do anything.

    • mine reboots, but rarely, only thing that pisses me off is the mic cut off

      • Ryan Powell

        Mine used to have the random reboots before 4.0.4 but that update fixed everything for me. I would rather that happen then a complete power off without my knowledge. I don’t even realize the phone is turned off until I pull it out of my pocket and hit the button to turn the screen on.

    • ddevito

      maybe running a custom ROM will fix the issue :p

      • Ryan Powell

        Haha that thought is going through my head too but my google searches are saying that hasn’t helped others in my situation.

    • I starting having that problem about a month before the 4.0.4 update. I haven’t had it happen since then. Although my call quality has started to suck since.

  • ddevito

    If my users took 6 months to test my new applications they’d be looking for a new career

  • Greyhame

    Kellex, I applaud your restraint from completely bashing VZW and their [ridiculous] testing policy.

    …Lord knows I wouldn’t have held back..

  • ddevito

    Two weeks ago.


  • Droid from Mars

    Not to mention the nightmare of “delays” with even the release of the phone. Just unlock it ^.^

  • VZW is well beyond lame when it comes to their device updates. Anybody and everybody who’s been a VZW customer through one solitary contract period knows that. Heck, DroidX didn’t get its Froyo –> Gingerbread update for about a year after everyone else not on VZW got Gingerbread.

    But their 4G-LTE is hands down the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the world now. So, you know, half a dozen of one and six of another. Whatever.

  • edmicman

    Alright alright, I admit it….I’m still running stock.

    If I were to root and put a custom rom on my GNex, what will I lost from my phone if I run through the process? I realize the apps will all get pulled back from the Play store, but what about accounts, settings, pictures, text messages, etc.?

    • Josh Flowers

      accounts=need to re-enter
      settings=need to re-enter
      pictures=enable instant upload to save them to the cloud so they’re viewable on the device after wipe & viewable on picasa
      text messages=use an SMS app that backs them up, then save that ‘backup’ to Google Drive/Dropbox & restore afterwards

      • Or if you are really worried about the pictures just copy the contents of your “sdcard” onto your computer before unlocking and paste back onto phone afterwards

    • Anthony_Armando

      if you unlocked the device right when you got it but stopped there then you can use something like titanium backup to backup apps + data, save it off the device, then install a custom rom, and use titanium backup to restore apps + data. you *might* have some issues with some apps, maybe games, but that is pretty rare. everything should be restored.

      • Josh Flowers

        good idea. small clarification=don’t backup system apps & data, or you’re in for a world of frustration.

      • Anthony_Armando

        oh, if you are unlocked you can use something like the nexus root kit to get your phone rooted. that will allow you to use the good backup apps, like titanium backup.

        if you didnt unlock the bootloader then it may still be possible by doing a complete system backup and then browsing the file and manually moving apps over. may be some way which is easier to do though.

    • Bionicman

      i was hesitant as well…when i unlocked and rooted for the first time it wiped my phone. then i flashed a JB rom and have never looked back. i dont know if it really is project butter or if its because i did a clean wipe, but my phone definitely fees faster.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    I agree. I got tired of waiting for 404 and flashed the leak that became the official update.

    When JB dropped, I installed VanirBEAN v3 and ran that until Bugless Beast was released. Been on that on the 7/12 since.

    Honestly I can’t believe all the time I spent waiting for VZ. I’ll never do that again.

  • DrAndyRoid

    Although I knew it would do no good, I contacted Verizon a few days ago asking when the Nexus would get Jelly Bean (just to add to the demand of it) and I got an email last night saying they weren’t sure when ICS was coming out. Talk about incompetent people who know nothing about their job or Android. I wasn’t really into rooting, but I guess I’m going to have to now.

  • reyalP

    Verizon reminds me of apple more and more everyday. I’m starting to despise them just as I do Apple for the poor business tactics.

  • I actually have Verizon to thank for forcing me to unlock / root my phone. I had no desire to, but they took so long with updates that I learned about it and did it. I’m thrilled I did, and have had Jelly Bean for three weeks.

    Also, the six month estimate seems off. Google first released 4.04 in February, right? So that’s “only” four months.

    • will bartlett

      but it was 6 months from 4.0.2…thats the point. 6 months of no updates

      • Then that’s the wrong point. The subject was when will the Verizon Galaxy Nexus get Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean has already been pushed to the GSM G-Nex. The delay between 4.04 on the GSM and VZW Nexus was three months (I was wrong above). So three months is appropriate estimate.

        • will bartlett

          the whole point was 6 months between updates…

          • But that point isn’t instructive on when the phone will get Jelly Bean. Just because it was six months between updates doesn’t mean all updates will be six months apart. It was only one day between 4.01 and 4.02.

            A better indicator of when it will get JB is looking at the lag between the GSM and VZW Nexus updates in the past.

          • will bartlett

            it will be the same delay between updates.

          • I’ll take that bet.

          • So, I win, right?

    • Q

      4.0.4 start pushing to the GSM GNex on March 31st IIRC.. The Verizon 4.0.4 leaked on May 1st and was pushed about 30 days later..

  • reyalP

    This and the S3 debacle with verizon is the reason I did an even swap for a Galaxy S3 on another carrier. I don’t care how good their network is, my new network works just fine and I also have the ability to buy the nexus from google and use it, with updates without Verizons approval. They really screwed people who bought the Nexus. People bought that phone primarily for the Google experience and what we get is Verizons ass sticking there nose where it doesn’t belong.
    Verizon never tells you up front that the nexus will not get updates like the GSM version and never tell you the bootloader is locked until after you buy into it. Screw Verizon! I’m glad I left.

  • Not A Name

    What are the chances that the Galaxy Nexus is the last nexus on VZW?

    • Pretty good I would say. I have unlimited data still and used 21GB last month. I don’t think they like that very much. Hence their new shared plans!

    • I’d say that’s pretty much a guarantee.

  • Dale Bloom

    Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Release: May 7th, 2013
    Key Lime Pie Release Date: May 14th, 2013

    • Matt Gondek

      You’re already ruling out the chances of Kettle Corn?

      • MikeKorby

        Yes, because Key lime pie has already been all but decided on.

    • ddevito

      Who says it’s not coming this winter?

  • Next Nexus needs an agreement saying we expect no support from Verizon as long as we get updates. I would definately be okay with that.

    • moelsen8

      that’s assuming you can call their support teams “support”. have you talked to any of their employees recently?

      • I’ve talk to many,only found one that knew anything, rest are idiots

      • Sorry, I should have put said “support”. Good eye ๐Ÿ™‚

  • fauxshizzl

    This also applies to the Verizon version of the Xoom. We waited 6 months to get ICS after the WiFi version got it. I expect the same for JB. Their network really isn’t that great. I am grandfathered on unlimted but I plan on leaving soon. Hmm I wonder if there is a way I could sell my unlimited..I bet there are new VZ customers that would love to find a way to pick up someones old acct!

    • When my brother in-law can’t get service on his AT&T iPhone and I get full 4g with my Nexus in the same area, that must mean the network sucks. Admittedly Verizon doesn’t cover 100% of the population, but for my purposes it is very good. I never have to worry if I’ll get signal wherever I go.

      • SilverUberXeno

        Agreed. I don’t think a lot of Verizon customers realize just how much better the network is. A lot of the people that leave come back for a reason.

  • zaxwashere

    running xenon 2.0 with trinity kernel….got a nexus for this very reason. 12 hours after i/o announced jb, i had a functional port on it.

    OTA updates are meaningless, since i’ll never run stock

  • theentropic

    The second Bugless Beast was released for the VZW GNex I threw it on my phone. I’ll wait for CM10 or a fully JB AOKP. For now, I’m more than happy with the closest AOSP ROM there is.

    • I love me some Bugless Beast. I did have to add in a soft key mod to have a permanent menu button, but other than that stock isn’t so bad.

  • deadsix

    Hopefully Google makes an unlocked CDMA device in the near future. Waiting for updates due to carrier testing is almost intolerable.

    • THAT GUY

      ^ This!!

    • Anthony_Armando

      arent the CDMA/LTE radios that verizon uses proprietary or something? meaning, they would have to buy the rights to them. i seriously doubt verizon or whoever owns those rights would release it.

      i hope i am wrong.

      • BulletTooth_Tony

        CDMA is… kinda . It’s closed-source, owned by Qualcomm. But that doesn’t stop anyone from taking the official radios off the released builds. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Seth Crain

          Back when I was in the webOS game people always talked about swapping radios

      • Fattie McDoogles

        No the issue isn’t the radios its the clearance. Verizon and Sprint have to register each device that is allowed access to their network. Meaning if they don’t approve it you can’t use it. Thats why you can’t use Sprint phones on Verizon’s network and vice versa.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      Doesn’t work like that unfortunately. Yea Google can make the device… however with CDMA carriers have to allow the device to register on there network. So unless Verizon approves the device its not going on their network

    • John Murray

      Unlocked pure LTE device once VoLTE is fully implemented. Then Verizon legally has ๏œto allow access (a contract, a prepaid plan, whatever) for that device to their LTE network.

  • Mike Cox

    i had JB running on my verizon Gnex since the day after I/O

  • The delay with 4.0.4 is the exact reason why I chose to unlock/root once I saw a few JB roms out there. I had planned on staying stock with this phone, but Verizon’s extreme slowness with getting the OTA out pretty much killed that. If they don’t like users rooting phones, then they should streamline their process or allow Google to handle Nexus devices entirely, with the exception or their radios of course.

    • Same here. Was stock through I/O. Within a day, that wasn’t the case anymore.

    • teevirus

      Me as well. And i couldn’t be happier. I wanted to stick with stock for as long a possible mainly to understand where Google is going with Android and give them feedback on ways they could improve the stock experience. But that time is over. Root4Life!

      • Gr8Ray

        You don’t have to run a customized ROM after rooting. You can still stay with the AOSP builds and enjoy the stock experience. You just aren’t stuck on Verizon’s timetable after rooting.

    • Tyler

      After the first week with no news from Verizon about update I said screw you vzw and then started backing up my data so i could unlock bootloader.

      • magic9418

        which way are you backing up? what is the best for non rooted phones?

        • Tyler

          Make sure you have data backup in setting so your apps dont lose their data after it starts grabbing all your apps after first boot up and sign in. I used 2 apps to backup all the data I needed they were: SMS Backup and Restore and Zemna Applist Backup. If you look around there are apps to backup call log and various other things, just search backup in the market and scroll threw. Some apps such as Light Flow allow you to backup their setting making it easy to restore after unlocking. Also if you are unlocking boot loader you MUST copy ALL files from SD card TO COMPUTER or you will lose everything not in the cloud. Hope this helps, and take screenshots of your homescreen and app drawer and anything else you want to be able to refer to later. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

    • This is what happened to me exactly.

  • fartbubbler

    I love my JellyBean-powered GNex so much I’m not buying the S3. I don’t wanna leave JB to go back to ICS.

    • Cubanito1967

      Once you go JB there is no going back!

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        Exactly. I am still hoping for ICS for my wife’s rezound, but now even that is so ….. nah…

  • If you really want it just grab the 4.1 source and proprietary drivers then build it yourself. I can say it has no more bugs than regular old Jellybean.

  • John

    Nicely said K. Agree 100%. To hell with vzw’s bs testing procedure. Just go ahead & put it on there yourself. AOKP will be fully JB compatible soon enough.

  • Cubanito1967

    I waited for 4.0.4 but no way was I going to wait for JB. I rooted long ago and am now on Bugless Beast 4.1 JB Rom. Verizon can KMA.

    • Suralin

      Pete’s BB is the best route to go if you’re looking for a “as much stock as possible” custom ROM. Good choice. Unfortunately, I have a RAZR, so I won’t be seeing JB for awhile. ๐Ÿ™

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        This is exactly why I chose BB. I do wish it could be pure stock, but i am happy enough with it I am not reflashing every nightly and just enjoying what it is.

      • QQpayne

        Jelly Belly is also a good choice.

      • Fattie McDoogles

        DroidTheory should have a stock Jelly Bean rom up soon if he doesn’t already have one. You just will be waiting for ever to see Jelly Bean if you want to keep MotoBlur

  • Why would a Gnex owner who bought the phone for its unlockable bootloader care about a Verizon OTA update for Jellybean? We flased Jellybean to our phone weeks ago.

  • Bauce40

    I’ve got a VZ Nexus, running Pete’s BB Jelly Bean ROM and it’s amazing, love it. Absolutely no reason not to root your phone. No point in waiting for Verizon when you can have it today.

    • ddevito

      Amen to that.

    • David Cosme Jr.

      Did the same.

    • Pdiddy187

      Anyone have a mirror for today’s build? I’m on a university connection that gets over 800 Mbps and the download says two days. Lol.

      • p_droid

        He just tweeted that he’ll add mirrors and/or torrents tonight.

        • Pdiddy187

          Excellent. Thanks.

  • Michael G

    I waited 5 months and 3 weeks for 4.0.4 until I finally decided to Root and flash it myself. Of course a week later the OTA came out and I had to slap my forehead. So when 4.1 became available as a custom ROM I said “F” it and flashed Vicious JB. I knew this was going to be a problem. For those of you who aren’t unlocked and rooted yet, I suggest you do so.

    • My story is almost exactly the same!

      • Michael G

        lol Yeah I figured I wouldn’t be the only one. Screw VZW. Their lack of action forced me to root and I couldn’t be happier.

  • I already have it

  • thescreensavers

    If you own the Nexus and read this Blog, your Nexus should be unlocked. If not, unlock it and install Jellybean your self. Do not wait for VZW

  • joster2609

    I think that they almost have to release it before any other phone on their network gets the update, since it still has the nexus name. That is unless they don’t want people coming to them with torches and pitchforks

  • JDHokie

    I waited out 4.0.4 from Verizon. Decided not to go through that again and rooted my phone a couple weeks ago. Why’d I wait?

    • Matt Gondek

      It’s ok, we’re all nervous before our first time ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I did the same thing as you with my OG, got sick of waiting for Froyo

      • moelsen8

        same here! the wait for 2.1 was excruciating and i wasn’t having it again.

    • Pedro

      Adds a new dimension to
      fastboot oem unlock
      and the power it reveals. Doesn’t it?

      Took me a couple months after buying the OG in March to do the root thing. Shoot, it took me a week to apply the update.zip I found on Droid-life to do the simple update. Then I was hooked. No more locked devices for me ever.

  • I already have it! Thanks Bugless Beast

    • JetmanFL410

      A big thanks to Bugless Beast! It’s pretty sweet!

      • 24 hrs after code was available is pretty amazing! I came off of AOKP M6 just to have JB. Can’t wait for them to put in all of their goodies. Gotta love the G-Nex!

  • tl;dr if you want JB you probably already know what to do

    • 4n1m4L

      lunch toro_full-userdebug

      • Philip Van Luke

        ^ This, cant I just compile my own build of Jellybean and install it, and have it be signed by me? screw using someone elses build. Also yay I finally got my Galaxy Nexus yesterday, where can I find instructions to root it? I know its rather straight forward. (and I guess it sounds like I need to unlock the bootloader also?)

        • AnotherAndroidKid

          if you’re actually serious, search this website for instructions on how to unlock the bootloader and root your GNex. From there, it is easy.

          • Seth Crain

            I read as the ‘guide to Galaxy Nexus’ side button is right beside it. Also to Philip, if something gets ‘broken’ don’t worry, its fixable, but have fun best of luck hacking.

        • ERIFNOMI

          Fastboot OEM unlock
          Fastboot flash recovery [recovery.IMG]
          Flash whatever you want. You also need to delete (or rename) the script that flashes stock recovery over your custom one assuming you plan on keeping a custom recovery.

        • 4n1m4L

          Just fastboot OEM unlock. Then flash the rooted rom of your choice.

        • Tim Swann

          just download the wugfresh toolkit. It’ll do everything for you in about 2 min

        • 4n1m4L

          now i’m just waiting for a leak.

    • EC8CH

      If you’re waiting for Jelly Bean on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus… you’re doing it wrong.

      • im waiting for CM10. how am i doing?

        • EC8CH

          Ok, but you could try out some other JB ROMs while your waiting… Jelly Belly is a good one.

          • niuguy

            Yup, its really good.

          • eagle132

            Jelly Belly 1.8+ doesn’t like my phone :(. It was great for me on the earlier versions, but the later versions either bootloop or get stuck in sleep once I can coax them into booting.

            Vicious Toro gave me subpar battery life.

            Pete’s Bugless Beast has been smooth sailing so far though. I’d personally recommend his JB ROM, can’t go wrong with Pete…

          • The main reason im waiting is cause its such a hassle to get my apps back. I usually use the galaxy nexus tool box but it takes like 2 hours to backup and load the data.
            With CM10 i was going to do a 100% fresh restart. clean out my internal storage, and only load apps that i need.

        • NorCalGuy
      • Booyah

        Waited to root for almost 6 months. Finally rooted today. Flashed Bugless Beast. Absolute Awesomeness.

    • DavidYoo

      The real question is when will samsung recall an galaxy nexus’ for horrible radios that can’t handle a normal call or data use?

      The Galaxy Nexus is a POS. Back to the iphone. I am sick.

      • bye we won’t miss you.

      • MikeCiggy

        I have no radio issues… once you experience these issues you should have gotten it replaced. I had one replaced for the issue and never experienced it again.

    • Exactly… Go Gators…