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Sprint Galaxy Nexus Gets Android 4.2.1 Update, Verizon Version Remains on 4.1.1

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While we remain impatient and write about our true feelings on Verizon and their Nexus situation, Sprint is now pushing Android 4.2.1 to their Galaxy Nexus. Let’s take that in for a second. Okay, are we calm? Sprint reports that the update should be on all Nexus devices within 21 days, bringing with it the list of goodies like Photo Sphere, lockscreen widgets, and more.

Remember when you were a kid and screamed out, “this isn’t fair!” Well, that’s about how we feel right now.

Via: Phandroid

  • Aeldra Robinson

    Some android signage groups have “advertised” their Android player programming since the starting of for the present year (none that we know are dispatching with generation value yet, coincidentally).

    android signage

  • Benmartin1974

    Id’ been thinking of getting a galaxy nexus for a couple of weeks. I read plenty of reviews and this one was quite helpful http://search4reviews.net/ , I received my package last week and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure

  • That’s because Verizon is too busy approving updates for old devices that aren’t even pertinent anymore. I’m referring to the HTC Thunderbolt.

  • DJ

    verizon nexus will never get 4.2 because they are pricks claiming the nexus name!

  • ravenofdoom

    Main reason I don’t use roms is because you have to full-wipe between most build updates, which is fine for restoring purchased apps+data, but getting all the other account settings, sounds, alerts, etc. setup takes 1-1.5 hours every time (which could be every week if you want stabler builds)… I prefer the incremental updates from Google because it updates without having to start from scratch. I’m still rooted though (on stock). With that being said, I knew I would have the option of using roms in getting the phone, but I thought getting a Nexus would put me ahead of the curve (instead of having to worry about rom updates and wiping/flashing constantly). Verizon is solely to blame for this.

  • mz_

    If you bought a Nexus and haven’t put a ROM on it, go back to a flip phone! AOKP merged nightlies here. 🙂

  • What is the trick to make the phone find the update if pressing “check now” isn’t finding the update?

  • Alexander Anteneh

    I wouldnt be complaining if i was on verizon. 4.2 is riddled with bugs. Jelly bean was the big hump verizon had to hurdle and they finally did. plus if you really wanted it you could always flash

  • Trevor

    The only thing I really care about with a VZW update for our collective Nexii is a new radio. I’ll let Cyanogenmod take care of the rest.

  • Jim McClain

    damn im not on 4.2 yet

  • ckeegan

    My Verizon XOOM doesn’t even know what a Jelly Bean is.

  • OnlyNexus

    Verizon behind in updates? This is my shocked face…

  • 4654654

    will is still get the ota if i downloaded using the leaked file?

    is the update buggy for anyone else

  • Alexander Garcia

    Fo’ shame Verizon! Fo’ muthaf–kin’ shame! =P

  • Verizon no longer sells the Gnex. I seriously doubt it will ever see another official update.

  • Peter Stover

    When my Verizon upgrade comes I’m switching to Sprint.

  • chadstone30

    Anyone who cares about the difference between 4.1.1 and 4.2.1 unlocked their bootloader and flashed a custom rom months ago. Any pain incurred from being three versions behind is self inflicted at this point. These posts are just bait for commentators who want to whine about Verizon.

  • RaptorOO7

    Oh, but Verizon stated in their advertising that the Galaxy Nexus would in fact be the first to get updates. It was on their signage in their stores so this is clearly a lie and an about face on their part. Does it surprise anyone?

  • ryank25

    While I’m really frustrated about this, I also get frustrated at all the comments of “I’ve been on (fill in the version number) forever” every time an entry like this comes out. That’s not the point people. The point is that it’s a nexus device and we were all under the assumption that we would get the latest and greatest android versions as soon as they came out. I shouldn’t be forced to unlock the bootloader, root, and go hunting and dicking around with roms to have what I expect out of a Nexus phone.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Once my crappy contract is up with verizon I’m gone. Buying my phones from now on directly from Google, off contract and unlocked, then I’ll choose a carrier. Then I won’t have to deal with roms and trying to keep them up to date. Kellex I couldn’t agree more to your entry earlier today about non-contract phones. I’d buy you a beer, if you weren’t a U of M grad. MSU grad here. 🙂

  • darkl3ad3r


    I’m so sick of people defending Verizon when it comes to updating devices. It blows my mind. They (Verizon) willingly delay updating phones as long as physically possible, and in the case of the Thunderbolt they completely blow it (and their customers) off by not doing it at all. And why do they continue to do so?

    Because they know that the majority of their customers are sheep that are indifferent to whether or not their phone is running the latest software. As long as they can bahhhhhh through their phone all day who cares to them.

    Mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It ticks me off.

  • Rodeojones000

    If you own a VZW Galaxy Nexus and you’re still waiting for them to approve the 4.2.1 update, you own the wrong phone. I own a GNexus and mine has been running 4.2.1 for quite a while. Honestly, this is all much ado about nothing. I’ve been an Android user since the day the OG Droid was released. Since that time I’ve received exactly 3 OTA updates. The 2.1 update for the OG before I rooted, and the out-of-the-box updates for my GNexus and Nexus 10. If you root/ROM this is a non-issue.

    • B.

      lol. Way to be smug. “…you own the wrong phone.” I should run all my purchases past you first, for your approval, KING Rodeojones000.

      • Rodeojones000

        Yes, you should. Your next phone should be the Nexus 4, or wait to see what comes of the rumored Motorola X Phone. Avoid the Note 2.

        (Of course I’m kidding. All in fun. But I do like the sound of King Rodeojones. )

    • darkl3ad3r

      You know why you’re getting thumbed down?

      Because you’re wrong. Owning a Nexus device doesn’t mean strictly rooting it. It means you have a purely Google experience that is supposed to receive the fastest updates to Android as possible.

      VERIZON is the one who has the wrong phone. They can’t handle a Nexus device. They are too lazy and slow at updating to properly support one.

    • Alex Farra

      Agreed I feel like anyone on this site shouldn’t be worried about OTAs on the VZW Gnex

  • I wish I had a Nexus device. I guess I’ll have to be content with my Samsung SCH-I515 for now.

  • devator22

    As I’ve been saying for a while, if you’re still waiting for an update, you’re doing it wrong.

  • webby

    That’s it, enough is enough — I’m going to root my Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
    Can some of you please advise me the best forum to go to for this phone?
    I’m not interested in roms, as I am very happy with Apex Launcher — just want to root to get the updates in a timely manner. Thanks for any advice on what site to go to.

  • CurtisNic

    i say we inundate the customer support twitter with complaints! im using #IWANTMYUPDATE C’mon lets mobilize and let verizon know!

  • Jon Gee

    Ya know, I bought a GNex because I wanted the whole “nexus package.” Stock Android, timely updates, (unlockable bootloader wasn’t a big deal to me at the time.) I never had any interest in unlocking my phone or installing custom ROMS.
    Than I got my Verizon “Nexus.” It had VZW crapware on it… ok… easy enough to disable. Wallet disabled… ok… annoying but I live in an area where NFC is not widespread. But then the updates started coming… and I waited. Three versions passed and many months with no word from Verizon… and I waited. Finally I got tired of waiting. So I rooted my phone and installed a custom ROM with the current version of Android. I have been doing so ever since.
    It’s ironic to me that Verizon rails against unlocking bootloaders and custom ROMS but insists on delaying timely updates to the ONE device that shouldn’t need them (delays in timely updates that is.) If they had just left Google alone and let them handle it then there would have been no need for me (and others like me I’m sure) to engage in the “risky” behavior of rooting and custom ROMS. I do recognize that some do it because they enjoy tinkering but I’m not one of those… or at least I wasn’t.
    It’s easy to blame Verizon in this for being too heavy handed. But we can also blame Google for not growing a pair and defending what Nexus stands for. As for me, looks like I’m going to be trying out T Mobile in my area and hoping that their service is good.

    • KleenDroid

      I agree with everything you said except the “risky”part. There is nothing risky about rooting your gnex. If you bricked your phone it is very easy to recover and put it back to stock. That is one of the great things about a Nexus.

      • Jon Gee

        The quotes were there to illustrate Verizon’s point of view, not my own. Carriers have long warned that rooting a device presents a risk in the phones security, it makes the device unstable, etc. But for those that know what they are doing it is not.

        • wickets

          well it voids the warranty and if rooting was so easy etc why does every single developer/blogger/website issue a warning about the dangers of rooting. Anyway, this gnex was the prefect teacher……buy from goog directly or dont buy at all.

          • Jon Gee

            A warranty is for defects in the hardware or software. Also, I never said that rooting/ installing a ROM was easy. Just that if you know what you are doing and where you are getting your ROM from that the risk is minimal. I suspect that the websites you are referring to issue these warnings as protection from potential liability. That said, I’ve never known anyone to brick a device installing a ROM or get hacked. As for “buy direct from goog or don’t buy at all,” that’s a nice idea if you had that option but Verizon customer never did which is why we were so excited about the device. An excitement that quickly faded thus my original comment.

          • Pedro

            Just to clarify, I think the ONLY time the end user is presented with a ‘this may void your warranty’ message is when you unlock the bootloader.
            You can root without doing this. But, it’s also the very first thing I do when I receive a phone that has that option, since doing it later down the line erases EVERYTHING.

          • KleenDroid

            Because as easy as it is nobody wants to be held responsible for the few who no matter will mess something up. Even if its easily fixed there are some who will not be able to figure it out.

            Even though I think everyone should root and ROM, not everyone CAN root and ROM.

            Also nothing really voids your warranty. You simply return to unrooted stock if you need to return your phone.

        • Jimneezy

          sound like verizon will say anything to keep people on a strong hold

    • Jimneezy

      but Google did actually grow a pair, thats why the Nexus 4 isn’t on Verizon

      • DC_Guy

        No! If Google grew a pair they would REQUIRE the same treatment that Apple gets for its iPhones…NO BLOATWARE and carriers are COMPLETELY REMOVED from the software update process! THAT my friends, would be Google growing a pair! I really don’t see why we can’t get this treatment for Nexus phones?

        • TheScientists

          It doesn’t work that way w/ CDMA phones due to proprietary drivers (carrier’s software) that are required to be included w/ the software updates. This is why Sprint and VZW are always so far behind on updates. This is also why Google decided to go w/ GSM only on it’s Nexus 4.

          • DC_Guy

            Then how does Apple do it with iPhones that run on CDMA networks?

          • Dave

            By only committing to a major OS update once a year. That gives them plenty of time to test and finalize a version for each device they support, and they release them all at once. It is basically an illusion.

        • Dave

          iPhone 4 that I had on VZW came with the SAME bloatware the GNex did. The “My Verizon” app. Verizon has required that app be on all devices since they discontinued unlimited data, simply because it has a data usage widget.

  • DanWazz

    My early termination fee is looking less ugly and the Nexus 4 keeps looking better.

    • KleenDroid

      Buy a Nexus 4 and get your service and see if you like it. If you do just sell your Gnex and put that towards your termination fee. It will all be cheaper than buying a new phone on Verizon at full price.

  • burkett375
    • darkl3ad3r

      Piss off. Verizon deserves all the negative flack that we can dish out for failing their Nexus community.

      • burkett375

        whoa buddy…take breath. say to yourself “it’s just a phone…” I’m not saying verizon is in the right and that we shouldn’t complain, but did we really expect anything different from them?

        • darkl3ad3r

          More apathy towards your own products. Why are people today such pushovers…

          You, and people like you, are the reason things are getting worse today. Good job on not giving a s*** about things that you pay for.

          • burkett375

            I don’t even have a GN dude. get a grip…geez. root, rom and move on…

          • darkl3ad3r

            We can keep going back and forth all day thumbing each other down, I don’t care.

            And clearly you, much like Verizon, do not understand the basic advantage of a Nexus device. It is not to root and unlock your bootloader, thus voiding your warranty. It is to receive timely updates to the newest versions of Android and maintain a strictly vanilla experience. Verizon fails on all accounts of this process.

            But please, continue posting your rhetoric and thumbing me down, even though I’m right.

            PS – I don’t have a Nexus either. But that doesn’t mean I don’t feel for those who did buy it with expectations. Expectations Verizon fails to live up to consistently.

          • burkett375

            you’re missing my point, so I’ll type it again… “I’m not saying verizon is in the right and that we shouldn’t complain, but did we really expect anything different from them?” hence, beating a dead horse.

          • darkl3ad3r

            “did we really expect anything different from them? no, so why beat the dead horse.”

            This speaks volumes on your personality.

            “Oh well, they’re not gonna change so I should just stop caring and stop trying.”

            Go ahead and tell me I’m wrong when this is exactly what you said in what, 4 posts now?

          • burkett375

            well, gee. your personal attacks on me without knowing me are really making me change my mind. I’ll agree with you now. /s

            people need to vote with their wallet if Verizon won’t listen to our voices is my point.

          • darkl3ad3r

            Holy s***, if that’s a personal attack I hope you never leave your house again. Sheltered much?

            Voting with your wallet isn’t going to work against Verizon and if you had half a clue you already know why. People who care about updating their phone, they are the minority. Verizon wouldn’t even flinch if the entire population of users offended by this all quit today. We are a 10th of 1%. This is exactly what I mean when I say that they know they can get away with shafting the super users, and its why they continue to do so today.

            Even if they won’t listen to us, it’s better to try then to just bend over and accept whatever they shovel in.

          • burkett375

            Ok, i’m bored with you…I can’t waste my time dealing with people like you.

  • Dave

    Makes me wish T-Mobile succeeds and grows, so I can squash the need for Verizon’s excellent coverage. Then I can live a happy life with an unlocked Nexus device without the iron grip of Big Red’s update process and device meddling.

    • Jason Brown

      amen to that! tmo’s problems of having issues sending and receiving texts when there is “heavy rain” in socal kept me from switching to them.

  • Ken Bosse

    I have given up hope on getting even 4.1.2 for the S3, Thank you CM 10.1

  • JohnPA2006

    Jesus H Tap dancing Christ, why am I not suprised.

  • If you’re running a VZW Galaxy Nexus and haven’t rooted and rommed yet…what’s the hold up?

    • B.

      Every time I’ve done it, I’ve somehow managed to have the phone crap the bed shortly thereafter. never fails. I use the tool kit, or I follow kellex’s guide. Something always gets screwed up, and I don’t want to have to deal with having to get a new phone, or worrying that I broke it.

  • henryoo

    Meh…Happy with my rooted VZW GNex with AOKP 4.2.1. Apologies to those who are frustrated with being stuck on 4.1.1–encouraging you to take the plunge into the rooted world. You’ll never look back once you do–easily adds 2 maybe 3 more updates to your phone, thanks to the dev community!!

  • Stewie

    Not MY VZ GNex Timmy …. Been on 4.2.1 since it came out. Oh yeah ….

  • Shaunwin

    So the real headline should be, what 4.2 ROM is everyone using on their Vzw GNex? Which one is the best and why?

    • sranger

      I have been using CM 10.1 nightlys since they were avaliable. Very stable. Just a few random bluetooth issues, but seemt o be getting better….

      • While waiting for Team BAMF to get their ROM updated to 4.2, I’ve been using CM10.1 nightlies, but I’m having *terrible* lag with them, even with Seeder, any kernel at any clock speed, etc. I can’t figure it out. Sucks, because I absolutely love the ROM but the lag is pretty much unbearable.

  • Dan

    Big Red is such a pain in the arse

  • monkey082506

    This is where I thank Paranoid Android and AOKP for letting me be on 4.2.1 for quite some time now.

  • r0lct

    This why I feel bad I talked 3 other non-rooters into getting this phone at launch. I told them they would get the updates ASAP.

    • darkl3ad3r

      Ugh that sucks man. But it’s not your fault. No, you understood what Nexus device offers. You understood how it was ‘supposed’ to function. Verizon is the one who let your friends down. Blame them, not yourself.

    • Jimneezy

      introduce them to rooting and custom roms and watch them never have to worry again

  • jiggy

    can we class-action verizon for misrepresentation of the product?

    • Jon Gee

      As much as I like this idea, VZW never made any claims about the phone other than it being stock a stock UI. They knew the inference that those of us in the know would make before their “bait and switch.” If they are guilty of not conducting business “in good faith” because they knew what we would expect (although they never came out and said it) and had no intention of providing it.

      • RaptorOO7

        Actually they did, they stated it would be the first to get updates it was on their in store signage and was a reason behind me getting that phone on launch day.

        • Jon Gee

          I’m not a lawyer but if the documentation could be gathered then there might be a case.

      • Buckoman

        When Verizon agreed to having a Nexus in their stock, they took on the fact that Nexus devices should have their updates sooner than other phones. Straight from Google. If they don’t do that, and bypass the updates themselves (which Verizon did, and it took forever) they sold a product that purposefully tricked the consumer into thinking they had a Nexus device that would receive updates on a timely manner.

        Did Google sign with Verizon to let them test the updates before they go out? Did Verizon flick the EOL on the GNex without Google’s consent? Google should have a say in this, too, as it’s being fully supported by other carriers.


  • Jeremy Martin

    I am a Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus owner and I honestly don’t care if VZW pushes out updates for this phone. The fun of a Nexus is custom roms. I use CyanogenMod 10.1 on it..im always at the latest 🙂

  • vonny571

    What’s the most stable 4.2 ROM out there right now? I’ve been patiently waiting for Pete to update Bugless Beast, but I think I’m ready to move on.

    • Booyah

      AOKP mr1-build 2 is very stable for me (4.2.1).

      • Pedro

        The daily builds I compile from the merged (no cherry picks) haven’t given me any issues.

        I should add that I don’t flash daily. I usually only make the jump when I see something I want (when I check gerrit). But the linux box does its duty every night, offering a potential treat.

    • Dr_Buttballs

      I think Pete mentioned that he wasn’t going to be developing for a while because he’s too busy with work and school.

      • Pedro

        Stupid life gettin’ in the way of our fun!

        Good for him, getting his priorities right.

    • Aaron

      Shiny 4.2.1 rom

      • WanderingSteve

        How is Shiny? I am seriously considering finally moving to a ROM, and it seems like Shiny’s is highly praised.

        • Aaron

          I really like it, it’s as stock as it gets and I haven’t had a single issue with it. Been running it for a couple weeks now.

    • thedonxr

      I’m on CM 10.1 M1 and it’s great so far no bugs yet.

    • ed75

      AOKP MR1 Build 2 is pretty solid.

    • NYAvsFan

      I use AOKP mr1 build 2 as well. It works perfectly for me.

    • KleenDroid

      Purity Rom with the Purity kernel.

      on xdadevelopers

      I tried Shiny and it’s ok

    • DanWazz

      Pete quit the ROM game a little while ago. Said via his twitter, he didn’t have the time anymore. Don’t forget to update your recovery before you jump to 4.2

  • KJ Davis

    On Verizon with 4.2.1

  • As soon as my Nex4 comes in the mail, I’m leaving Big Red. Too expensive and too bleeping hamfisted/oppressive with the way they handle devices on their networks.

    • JohnPA2006

      Hamfisted? Strongbad can type quite well with his hamfists, thank you very much ! :o)

    • Been thinking about doing this too, though my grandfathered unlimited LTE plan has kept me from jumping ship. What carrier/plan are you going to?

      • GuidZilla

        Same boat.

  • sranger

    And that is why you need an unlockable boot loader. Been running 4.2 for a couple of months now….

    Verzion updates are way too slow…

    • Booyah

      ..or nonexistent.

      • New_Guy

        ..or they just love to watch us squirm.


        *rubs hands together*

    • Jim McClain

      what are you running?

      • sranger

        CM 10.1 Nightlies….

        Very stable, bit a few random Bluetooth issues to be ironed out…..

      • xXAaronSXx

        I’ve also been running the CM 10.1 nightlies since it was released. Very stable, the only Bluetooth connection I do is with my home speakers for music and its always seemed to work fine.

  • Booyah

    If I didn’t have my phone rooted, I’d be livid. Luckily not the case. Here’s to REALLY hoping that Google makes an LTE compatible Nexus phone this next year.

    • antinorm

      Wouldn’t it also have to be CDMA compatible (assuming you’re staying with Big Red)?

      • Booyah

        Corrected 🙂 Had LTE on the mind.

    • Michael Quinlan

      I’d bet money this will never happen. Any device that would technically work on Verizon would require CDMA components, and they’ll never activate a device that hasn’t been through their approval process, had their bloatware installed, and isn’t tied to them for any and all updates.

  • I’m not sure that the VZW GNex actually will get the 4.2 update after all, now that it’s at EOL status.

    • It won’t.

    • KleenDroid

      You may be correct. However it never really mattered since we all update our phones ourselves anyway. Even with all the negative talk about this phone I still appreciate that Verizon gave us this phone. After all… we were all screaming for it. I never cared if they updated it since we all run custom roms anyway.

      There are so many wonderful roms out there for this phone and the development has been second to none.

      Those of you itching for something new and awesome give the Purity rom a try which also comes with the Purity kernel. New for the Verizon GNex.

      And for those that didn’t know… You can use kernels from the gsm version!

      The only update I got from Verizon was 10 minutes after I purchased the phone on launch day. Since then I have been on custom roms. And they keep getting better and better.

      This phone is better ever single month I own it.

      • Rex Em

        I have to agree. I hate Verizon but thank them for my GNex. I’ve been on ROMs since day one. Thats what owning a nexus is about. After owning my GNex, I will only one a nex. Thx and screw you at the same time Verizon, plz give me another nex.

    • Jeff Tycz

      Just because its EOL according to verizon does not mean its EOL for google, the Xoom was updated on verizon for 2 years just like all other google devices

      • Michael Quinlan

        This is not a Google device. If Verizon says it’s EOL, you’re SOL.

        • Jeff Tycz

          and the xoom was??? lol

  • avinyc

    It will come in a couple weeks to Verizon, no need to throw a tantrum. It’s a nexus, nobody is forcing you to wait for updates if you really wanted it by now.

    • That’s not the point, dude. It’s the principle! It always has been.

      • avinyc

        I know and I completely agree this sucks, but after over a year of this update b.s. with Verizon, should any of us be surprised still?

        • r0lct

          The people who don’t root and are still under contract should still be annoyed.

          • KleenDroid

            But seriously is there anyone who is not rooted that has a Gnex? I am sure there is, but are there any that read this forum?

          • medievalist

            Me. I’m not rooted because I don’t want to take the time & trouble. Seems like a steep enough learning curve and I don’t want to mess up my phone. There’s a whole different language that comes along with rooting & roms and I don’t have the time or desire to learn it. Worse, the few times I’ve looked into rooting, the places I’ve gone seem to be speaking to people already in the know, not newbies. So, I’ve always been on stock, frustrated, but I don’t do anything about it.

            Now, I like 4.1– a lot– and I’ve heard of problems with 4.2, but still, yes, it’s frustrating not to get a promised upgrade.

            And, I read this forum daily.

      • darkl3ad3r

        Ex-freaking-actly. Thank you, oh Tim, for speaking the truth.

        The only principle Verizon understands is the one they charge you every month.

    • Ivo Shandor

      Why do you say “a couple weeks”? That’s based on nothing.

      • avinyc

        4.1 was released about 2-3 months after it hit gsm galaxy nexus. This was also about 2 weeks after the Spring LTE galaxy nexus. Technically, that’s not based on nothing.

        • Ivo Shandor

          That may be true but logic would tell you the two are in no way associated. To believe otherwise would infer that Sprints timeline and process for updates are directly related to Verizon’s in some way. That’s just not true.

          • avinyc

            I don’t think you understand the concept of logic. I think what you mean is that this is a logical assumption, but may not be true. Your argument against Sprint’s timeline is your opinion. Being that both devices are LTE, it is more logical to assume the update process is closer than other carriers.