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Video: First Look at Android 4.2.2 on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

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With the Android 4.2.2 update dropping tonight for the Galaxy Nexus LTE, we thought it was the perfect time to do a recap of some of the new features that came after 4.1. We know that not all of you jumped on to 4.2 ROMs as soon as they were released and instead stuck with official 4.1, so there is a chance that you may not know all that you were missing. And I hate to say it, but you were missing quite a bit, as 4.2 introduced all sorts of fun.

In this clip, we take a look at lock screen widgets (go get DashClock!), the new camera, the updated notifications panels, DayDream, and more. It may not touch on every single new aspect of 4.2, but these are certainly some of the bigger additions.

Full instructions for the update can be found here. The new radios are here


  • eagletrippin

    Anyone else having HORRENDOUS battery life since updating to 4.2.2? Battery drain seems 2, maybe even 3 times faster than before. I had to charge up 2 times yesterday with typical use, whereas I usually can go into the night before needing to charge.

    • yes and Ive read that the radios update download helps, but I dont know how to install it without being rooted. can anyone help?

    • eagletrippin

      Nevermind, the issue was my work Exchange account (the issue dates back to ICS). I just had to remove then re-add my account and now Exchange isn’t constantly running and draining my battery.


    How’s the battery life on stock so far?


  • James Watson

    If I flash this will I still be able to receive later OTA updates? Like the next OTA that comes out, or will I have to go back to JRO03O and then continue with OTAs from there? I don’t want to have to deal with always flashing the latest version, but I am tired of waiting for 4.2.

  • John

    You guys make such a big deal about having the “latest” android like your missing out if you don’t. Nothing I saw on this video looked even usable to me its just silly cosmetic things. I’m content with 4.1 in fact I think my Note 2 looks 1000 times better then that ugly phone.

    • Lord_Vader1941

      Let me start the slow clap for you.

  • nessthiss

    Anyone able to get Google Wallet to work?

  • d

    People use stock nexus’s still?!

  • @kellex

    you shouldnt tap to take pics on nexus 4.2 devices…the proper technique is

    I notice on the nexus device camera you have to hard press and hold the camera button and wait until the dialer lock into place. its a twisting dialer that goes from left to right from 9pm to 12. There is a green light at 12 o clock. You have to let go of the shutter button when the dialer hit 12 o clock. Simply just slightly tapping the camera shutter button cause the screen to get a lil out of focus but it produces a clear shot also…..try it out.

    In low light use these settings. Turn on flash….change the iso/white balance to -2. pics should use way less light and get better pics

  • Unbelievable!:) Now I just need my trusty old Bionic to get updated to Jelly Bean:)

  • Syrio35

    I would get this phone to replace the damn TB if I saw a good deal on a new one.

    • Noleman

      I would not recommend this phone to my worst enemy’s elderly grandmother. Especially not ~15 mos after it’s release.

      • Battery Life with LTE enabled on the TB was 100x worse then it is on the GNex. Althought I have not spent any time with my TB activated since the release of the GNex so I dont know how ICS is treating the TB.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Wait! It’s 4.2.2 is coming today on my V GNexus?!

  • ChaoticInfinityX

    Does anyone know if the Equalizer bug fixed in 4.2.2? I have both the VZW Gnex and a Nexus 7 (both currently running Xenon HD Stable 4.0) and after 4.1 any equalizer apps were basically rendered useless. There have been workarounds (Noozxoide) that help but don’t match the old EQ levels and I think Poweramp has been the only app with a built in EQ that works. Unfortunately this doesn’t help when I want to listen to music through Pandora or watch videos though.

  • fanboy1974

    It’s a shame that I’ve been running 4.2.2 on my Verizon Note 2 before it’s been “officially” released on my old Nexus. It’s even sweeter on my Note because I have mapped the physical home button as a Nav button toggle. Hit the button and boom; full screen. Hit it again and boom; software nav buttons.

    • Tyler

      It’s a shame that the toro nexus 4.2.2 roms have been out for longer then the 4.2.2 roms for your note 2 as well.

  • Bionic

    It’s like having butt secks with a dwarf

  • Is it just me, or does anybody else not care for dashclock?

    • Steve Benson

      It’s just you.

    • Jeremy Bryant

      I use it, but don’t love it. I’m waiting for some more extensions before I decide to keep using it or move on.

  • Tim Swann

    at this point I am waiting to see what the X-Phone is going to look like and what it is going to pack. I love my GNex but if the X-Phone has an unlockable bootloader and works on VZ, that will most likely be my next phone.

    • Bionic


      • hkklife

        B, have your sources got anything new as far as finalized specs or design on the X-Phone? Thanks!

  • it’s about time the nexus got some love. wont get another one from verizon. debating on gs4 or note 3.

  • Able

    Anyone have any idea how soon the OTA update from Verizon might happen?

    • Noleman

      would love to know this too.
      also for anyone running the verizon 4.2.2, how has it impacted your phone’s speed/performance? will it freeze up my already pretty slow phone?

  • Brendon Martin

    How long until Danny Devito, King Rodeojones, or that annoying Tim242 guy come in and blather about how EVERYONE IS DOING IT WRONG, or how EVERYONE BOUGHT THE WRONG PHONE, and shaming people? I say 1.5 hours.

    • ddevito

      you’re doing it wrong. happy? lol

  • Salvationalizm

    You’re welcome toro owners…every time I update my phone manually because I’m sick of waiting for Verizon, they release their update within a week…this has happened EVERY time (silly coincidence). I flashed Shiny exactly a week ago, which has been rock solid with markedly improved battery life (recommended)…I will be hard pressed to return to stock and back into Verizon’s overly controlling grasp…

  • J22

    Does your phone have to be unlocked to apply this update?

    • Salvationalizm

      Manually, yes. OTA, no.

      • J22

        Thanks. I should have unlocked when I first bought the phone, but didn’t. So now to do so, I will have to wipe everything and start over — yuk, very time consuming.

        • Salvationalizm

          It is a pain in the ass, but one you need only suffer through once, and the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience. I used this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1614827

          • What exactly did you do using that toolkit? Did it save all of your app data? Text messages? Etc? Did you lose anything?

          • CasperTFG

            Try Carbon. I synced my app data from my toro to my N10.

          • Salvationalizm

            I’ve only ever used it to install the appropriate drivers on my PC, unlock my bootloader, and later root and install CWM, busybox and superuser to go with it. I can’t say I know how to back up any of the things you’ve listed on locked phone, unless it’s an option in the actual app (searching XDA or other android forums might provide options). After root, Titanium Backup is the way to go.

      • poisoncabbage

        If I manually update, will I still receive future OTA updates?

        • Salvationalizm

          I actually don’t know, but kind of always assumed yes. To be honest, if you decide to start doing manual updates, you’ll probably want to continue to do so and not constantly have to wait on Verizon.

  • this is some great news for Verizon Gnex owners not willing to Root. its about time….so sick of threads about this phone sucking and being behind X amount of updates.

    i have owned the phone for over a year now, with not a single dropped call that i can remember, i have a pretty good LTE signal pretty much everywhere. people talking about dropping calls should point their fingers at verizon, not the Gnex.

    anyway, this should keep us up to date for a little bit, until May at least 🙂

    • Yeah, I always get confused by people who complain about dropped calls on the Gnex. I’ve never had one in 15 months of owning mine.

      • ToddAwesome

        Dropped calls, never. Dropped data, all the time. Very frustrating.

  • webby

    My G-Nex has been a good phone, except for two (major) issues — the GPS takes several minutes to lock. And turning GPS on will not cause it to lock — I have to plug in an address and ask for directions or navigation to it to get it to lock.

    And the battery life … awful.

    • JBartcaps

      Battery life has been terrific for me ever since I got a refurbished phone with a new battery and stock Android

      • Where did you get a refurb and how much? =)

        • JBartcaps

          Assurion. My deductible was $99 :-

          • Gotcha. Did you break your old one, or did you “lose” it?

          • JBartcaps

            Fell off my lap when i got out of my car, everything seemed to work great except the fact that it lost all touch screen capabilities lol

    • flosserelli

      1. Have you tried FasterGPS? It installs the most appropriate gps.conf for your location.
      2. Get a spare battery (or two) and battery life will no longer be an issue.

      • webby

        Thanks, but I see that app requires root, and I’m not rooted. Any GPS enhancement app for non-rooted G-Nex that helps?

      • Noleman

        you’d think google would build such a thing in. these issues where users have to bandaid OS flaws is one thing that drives me crazy about android. i love the ability to customize, but hate that i have to duct tape my OS w/ random apps to simply get things working as they should have out of the box.

        • So what your saying is there is a perfect out of the box OS out there?

          • Noleman

            Nothing is perfect, don’t be so black and white just to be a wiseass. I’m saying there is an OS out there that doesn’t require bandaids for such basic functionality.

          • If we are talking mobile OSs please name one.

      • jmsbwmn

        If you have to carry a spare battery, then battery life is an issue.

    • sirmeili

      I’ve never noticed the issue with the GPS on my gnex, but I don’t really rely on it that much. The few times I’ve used it in the car, it seemed to do just as well as my Garmin. That’s not saying that the Garmin isn’t slow 😉

      As to the battery issue, do you use 4G? If you do, just turn off LTE and your battery should last a lot longer (Mine does). For me, the speed isn’t worth the battery drain and in my case, I didn’t even have 4G until recently. You could always do what flosserelli says and get an extra battery. I have the extended battery and keep the regular one around for when I go on trips that might keep me away from a charger.

  • I think I might trade my razr maxx hd for the galaxy nexus

    • Boles

      You do not want to trade in a working, functional phone for the LTE Galaxy Nexus. It is the worst piece of phone hardware I have ever owned. There are essentially no accessories. Word to the wise ….

      • John

        It’s been rock solid for me – best phone I’ve ever owned. No issues besides the typical battery/camera complaints. Fixed the battery complaint with 3800 & camera isn’t a deal breaker for my needs.

      • PhoenixPath

        Listen to this man. The phone sucks…as a phone.

        If you are just using it to tweet, browse the web, and email…it’s great. If you actually need to talk to people expect a lot of dropped calls, and being asked when you added gravel to your diet and why you must eat it while talking…

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Sadly mine just wasn’t stable as a phone either, nor as a data device at times as well. Apparently our area is just hated by Verizon and service drops out constantly.

        • That is really strange, mine has been excellent. In fact it has had less dropped calls than my OG Droid did. The sound quality is fine.

        • KnowYourEnemy462

          You gonna make that lame gravel joke on every post about this update? Not one dropped call here since December 2011 BTW.

          • PhoenixPath

            Why yes….I am.

            I’d tell you I’m not bitter, but I’m guessing you’d see right through that ruse…

            …you clever boy.

          • Brandon Golway

            Exactly. I have had my GNex for about 4 months and I haven’t had one dropped call on Verizon, even though my signal isn’t great. 3G data speeds are a different beast though.

        • KleenDroid

          Hate to day it but for some people a flip phone is the way to go.

          All this complicated stuff is just too much for some. Then if a very simple issue arises they don’t know what to do with themselves. They start screaming and yelling that the phone is a piece of junk. But if they would have asked for some help from those that can help them fix things they would have had a very different experience.

          I also had issues with my Nexus during the first week I owned it. Thought it was junk. But then I simply fixed it and it had been the best experience I’ve ever had and still is. There has not been a better phone released since this phone. I am getting worried Verizon won’t release anything for me to upgrade to. If not, I will just keep on going with my Nexus.

          • PhoenixPath

            I really hope you’re not trying to imply I should have just fixed the radio/signal issues myself…or that I am somehow “not up to” a complex device such as this….

            FYI: I’ve been building AOKP for toro and the Fascinate since b35. I know my way around Linux and Android just fine. I’ve run countless ROMs and kernels on every Android device I have (currently nX, Spectrum, G’Nex and Fascinate). This is *not* an issue of “this stuff is just too complicated”…it’s an issue of “it really should actually work as a phone”.

            I’m sorry if you don’t see it that way.

            I’m on my 3rd replacement with this device. If the OTA does not solve the issues when it officially hits, I’ll be requesting a different device.

            I’m am indeed bitter. I think I have the right to be. …and I am *far* from the only knowledgeable person having major issues with this device.

            Damn…the more I think about your response…I love that sh*t… “If it doesn’t work: fix it.” Yeah. That’s fabulous. If the transmission in your car dies 3 months after buying it, do you just bend over and fix it yourself??

            …didn’t think so.

          • KleenDroid

            That all sounds very impressive. And I am sure there are some that have issues with there phone. But why are there so many that have no issues?

            I have no problems with my phone at all. It’s the best phone I’ve owned and works great.

            But AOKP for me is one of the glitchiest ROMs since 4.1. Maybe try one of the other ROMs if you are having so many problems with AOKP.

            However you do it, I hope you figure it out or get a good phone like many of the rest of us.

          • PhoenixPath

            “And I am sure there are some that have issues with there phone. But why are there so many that have no issues?”

            I’ve heard it the opposite. Most of the time people discuss the VZW “Nexus”, they are describing the many issues they have with it (in my experience).

            So why are there so few that *don’t* have issues?

            “Maybe try one of the other ROMs…”

            Rule #1 of forum posting: “Read the post you are replying to.” No, really. You should try it…

            …and I quote myself:
            I’ve run countless ROMs and kernels on every Android device I have…

            Honestly, perhaps it might be a good exercise for you *not* to assume everyone else is a complete moron or “doing it wrong”?

            I’m glad yours is working for you. It’s proof there are some out there that work as advertised.

          • KleenDroid

            Sorry you are having such a hard time. I can only imagine you will get something else since this isn’t working out for you.

            Yes there are many of us that are happy with the device. And yes many that are not. Go to any phone thread and you will find the same.

            I hope things work out better for you on another device.

          • PhoenixPath

            How gracious of you…considering your first post basically called me an idiot for not being able to fix it myself.

            But that’s ok. This is the internet. I don’t expect anyone to act reasonable or civil…

          • KleenDroid

            It is still my opinion that you could use some help with your phone. But I have given up on thinking this phone will work out for you. And maybe you agree with that. Maybe a really nice Razr would work better. Nobody has any problems with those and the display reads that the signal is much stronger 🙂

          • PhoenixPath


            My Spectrum (running CM10.1) works just fine as a phone, but thanks anyway…

            You really don’t read the posts you respond to, do you?

            I suppose you don’t have to. You already know it all…

            “Nobody has any problems with those…”

            Uh-huh. Sure. You bet.

          • KleenDroid

            I was trying to not overcomplicate the response for you. I thought by saying nobody has problems with it you would just go along with it. Just like you do with your Nexus. But I’m happy you have a nice Spectrum. It seems you are all fixed up. Just sell your junky Nexus.

          • PhoenixPath

            One more time, only try and be more condescending this time…

          • KleenDroid

            I just hope Verizon will release a phone that could replace the Nexus by December. Either another Nexus or a phone that is fully unlocked for those of us that want this. I also hope it does not come with the issues this Nexus had. One that works perfectly stock for those that can’t tweak their phones to perfection.

            I have been very happy with my Nexus. But that doesn’t mean the next one couldn’t be better.

          • PhoenixPath

            If they release a nexus, I’ll probably take a good hard look at it, but I doubt they will.

            VZW is about the only option around here, so I’m resigned to devices that while not technically AOSP, have some decent dev support.

            The Spectrum, for example, is officially supported in CM and AOKP now, and the radios/baseband are nearly flawless. Call quality and reliability are spectacular.

            I’m thinking that unless a decent device comes out on VZW with on-screen keys I’ll be sticking with the Spec for a while. (That, and for my flashing fix, the nX does quite nicely…)

      • Brent Cooper

        Completely agree. Great software on awful hardware. I had GPS issues, battery issues, and screen issues. Horrible phone. As much as I wanted to live the phone, it was just awful.

      • KleenDroid

        Best phone I’ve ever owned.

        My brother in-law has a Razr and I was checking it out last night. Oh my goodness if I had to use that phone I’d hang myself. It was nowhere near as smooth as my Nexus. The pinch to zoom is horrible while the Nexus is buttery smooth. Plus it has old software. Throw in the fully locked and encrypted bootloader and I’d throw it away if given to me… 🙂

        There are always some phones in every make that are duds. But there are also many duds trying to use many phones that don’t know how to resolve the easiest of issues.

    • Bionic

      You’d be a damn fool

      • hkklife

        If it was a standard RAZR, I would MAYBE consider it (I have not used a Gnex w/ 4.2 but I am impressed by Moto’s Blurred ICS). But a Maxx? Noooo way! Stay with what ya got!

    • The Gnex is a phenomenal phone (except for battery life), but I would stick with the faster RAZR with great battery life. The only thing that sucks on the RAZR is the software, but maybe you can find a good stock Android ROM for it.

      • Tony Allen

        Faster? lolno

      • j

        hehe.. OMAP 4460 (Gnex) vs OMAP 4430 (RZR). You tell me which sounds faster

  • Finally…………

  • I want my galaxy nexus back :(. this gs3 is poop, simply because I can’t root it.

    • Tim242

      Why not?

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Ummmmm. I have my Verizon S3 bootloader unlocked, rooted and running a custom rom/kernel. Why cant you root yours?

  • Noleman

    Is Verizon releasing this OTA?

    • Most likely it will be this exact build. It’s been sent out to test devices currently.