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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?”Β 

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 slowerΒ 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.

  • 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! πŸ™‚

    • 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

    “It’s the most current β€œNexus” device..” My Nexus 7 begs to differ. πŸ˜›

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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. πŸ˜‰

        • 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 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 πŸ™‚

    • 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. πŸ™

      • 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 πŸ˜‰

      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…