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Experiencing Issues With Your Galaxy Nexus After Updating to 4.2.2?

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Ever since Verizon approved the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus and Google started pushing it out, our inbox has filled up with users who are running into all sorts of issues. The most common appears to be battery life, but others are noticing issues with Bluetooth audio, the camera, tethering, and more. While we aren’t yet aware of specific fixes for each, in most cases, Verizon is actually recommending that you perform a factory reset.

I know that sounds like the worst option, since it wipes your phone of every last setting, but it may do the trick, especially if you are experiencing horrific battery life. The Bluetooth audio fixes on the other hand were supposed to be included in 4.2.2, but there is still a running AOSP thread that suggests a different scenario.

If a factory reset doesn’t work, you can also flash the 4.2.2 factory images that were released today.

Are you experiencing issues? If so, what are they? Have you tried a factory reset yet?

  • Dwalker

    Yes the battery life sucks and the camera sucks too! The battery use to last all day and only charge at night, now i’m charging it 3-4 times a day. The camera is completely different, use to show u your shots in bottom corner and would snap shot as soon as you clicked the button, now u have to exit and go into gallery to see shots and it has a few second lag on every shot. I have done factory reset for it was my moms phone when update came through and when we switched she did reset and its still the same.

  • I gotta fully charge my phone twice a day.
    Also, the Yelp apps regularly crashes my phone and reboots it.

  • Tushar Gupta

    My native email app stopped syncing mail after 4.2.2 update, anybody else facing this issue??

  • Manny Subia

    …….still getting Random reboots. Now that it’s been happening for a bit I’ve narrowed it down to it happening almost always when I open my YELP app when I’ve got a bunch of other apps running too =

  • John B

    YES it is horrible. My phone is far more laggy, the battery is horrid, and I get no signal in areas where I used to get full bars of 4G….. They need to fix this……………

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    Im still hanging at 4.1.1 on my gnex, reading all over that the Bluetooth in my new dodge uconnect system won’t work in 4.2

  • Keith0606

    I also have slow keyboard and bluetooth issues cutting out not playing audio through headset even after factory reset

    • Keith0606

      I will say turning off currents background sync has fixed my sluggish issues. I still have weird bluetooth headset issues. Voice dial audio not playing through the headset (but from the phone), until the call starts to ring, and the headset staying connected. Forget about using airplane mode also as after that I definately have to do a full phone reboot to get it working at all.

  • Ian Orr

    Ever since this update, my phone has become quite unresponsive. When I try to turn on my screen, I usually have to wait a couple seconds, or press the button a couple more times. Additionally, my phone is just slower with opening apps and the keyboard and such. I am not sure about the battery life problem though, but the battery has always been bad on this thing. I would like to avoid doing a factory reset, but oh well.

  • ATBro

    I have been having issues with tethering certain devices to my phone since the update. Any one else?

  • goin2ID

    verizon and google once again prove they dont give a crap about the user experience. My ear looks like those fried pork rinds you get at AM/PM and my battery lasts just long enough to light up the “shutting down now” screen. What a bunch of knucklheads

  • The only issue I’ve had with the 4.2.2 Verizon update is that the WiFi was constantly going onand off causing havoc on my battery….. But I flashed the radios from the 4.1.1 update and my WiFi issues seem to have gone away

  • Guest

    signal is terrible!

  • Eddie Velez

    My Bluetooth keyboard and mouse no longer work after upgrading to 4.2.2. It sees the device, but they don’t respond. Any suggestions?

  • dongwenal

    There is a rumor gnex will have a update prevent battery drain and other bugs.

  • Vmaster

    Battery usage is faster. When using the touch screen, many times the phone waits to respond before actually performing. Apps are crashing more (they most likely need to be update?). This was not happening to be before the update. It would be nice of them to release 4.2.3 as soon as possible.

    To be frank, isn’t this the kind of stuff that should not be happening if Verizon is really “checking” the updates before shooting them out to us customers? Verizon, you all fail hard.

  • Kristie Robinson

    My phone (Galaxy Nexus with 4.2.2) is stuck on the lock screen. Nothing on the touch screen works (so I can’t turn the phone off either). Removing battery didn’t fix the problem. When it restarts the lock screen still won’t unlock.

  • Manny Subia

    I just performed a Factory Reset yesterday and It definitely helped the battery drain issue. I’m still getting random re-boots though. Aside from that everything else seems ok. Camera is working just fine …..from what I can tell so far.

  • jcj

    Battery is terrible since the 4.2.2 upgrade. And it takes a good 12 hours to charge to 100%. I never had this issue before the upgrade. Other strange problems over the past few days. Not interested in a factory reset, hope they fix this issue before I have to do that. ugh.

  • nexus_user

    The battery life is horrible, and my camera will not focus on anything up close. I don’t mind the new camera interface, but this non-focus issue is terrible. I did the factory reset, but it didn’t solve the issue. My wife and sister have the same phone as me, Galaxy Nexus, and they had the camera issue right after the update. However, their issue seemed to resolve itself soon after.

  • RicoDelicioso

    My battery goes down to 20% in 2.5 hours. Really?? What kind of crap is that. And I’m not even using the damn thing. It’s sitting there next to me chillin’, and when I pick it up to read a text it’s feakin’ burning hot!! So I guess it’s not chillin’, it’s heatin’. I understand if a phone gets hot from heavy use but it’s just sitting there doing nothing…. lame. Battery life is piss poor, it wasn’t great before but it’s just horrendous now. Is a factory reset really necessary? Has that worked for anyone? I NEED HELP!! SPEAK ANY ENGLISH!!!?? DICK HEAD!!!! (Pop quiz: What movie is that quote from?) But seriously, my phone. Fix needed. Thank you, my love.

  • crzegrl

    Mine is horrible.. Battery, camera, I can’t get to my pics like I could before! i hate it!!! It’s frustrating. It always shuts off, especially when I’m using the camera.

  • Ever since the update my camera takes BLUE pics. My shots look awful now and I’m so sad. Anyone else have this issue?

  • Is anyone having Wifi issues? Every since I started flashing 4.2.2 roms my Wifi has been atrocious. I’ve tried 4 different roms and had issues with each of them. I’m about to flash the factory images just so I can get a baseline read on what the heck is going on.

  • SecurityNick

    Is it the radios maybe? I’m running AOKP and installed the new radios and I think my battery life has been diminished some. It’s hard to tell because I’ve also been using my phone a little more than average, but it seems like it’s running a little hotter than normal too.

  • Josh Martin

    you guys get 2 hours battery life?? I can barely get an hour… :

  • Josh

    No major problems for me. The only bugs I have noticed are when putting the phone in car dock mode, the home button does not map to your car dock app. Car Dock Ultra has a workaround for it, but it makes it so you can’t hit home to have it center back to your main home screen. slight price to pay for them actually fixing the dialer so it would rotate now into landscape mode while in car dock mode. The other bug I noticed is that I can’t seem to edit avatars in handcent sms anymore. Otherwise everything has been pretty solid. I jacked up my phone doing the framework reset to get the update earlier, so I had already factory reset it before the update. Since I didn’t bother to reinstall everything, I did a factory reset after teh update too. maybe that made the difference. update made me lose my root though, had to re-root.

  • John S

    And here we have the EXACT reason why Verizon takes so long to update. You got your update now let’s all complain and bombard them with problems.

    • rj-b

      with all due respect, people complaining about the updates didn’t make Verizon push it OTA any sooner. if my phone was bug-free after waiting months for an update, i’d be fine with it. the problem is, their testing process didn’t really do a whole helluva lot.

      so what are the options… get the update right away with bugs, or wait a few months and STILL get an update with bugs??

      i know it’s not as easy as people want to make it seem, but for how long they took, the issues should not be as glaring as they are. very disappointing.

  • dabin

    after upgrage, nexus was running super hot, battery lasted 1hr. ran factory reset, now battery lasts 4hrs, (prior battery life was around 7hrs) still running on the warm side, no bluetooth, contacts won’t sync to exchange, poor 4G reception. I hate 4.2.2.

  • GwF

    Camera doesn’t work “Disabled for security policy,” very slow, lock screen flashes like it has ADD. I do like the lock screen features though… Verizon Nexus Galaxy.

  • Markuz

    Bottom line is that verizon does do any type of testing on updates they just like to take there sweet time on pushing updates. they just don’t care! F*** verizon!!!

  • Simon

    Mine has been absolutely solidly good except about 2 days ago. My nexus wouldn’t AC charge only USB charge . But after a factory reset problem solved

  • Matthew DeCillis

    Bluetooth won’t pair with Ford SYNC until I reboot the phone, haven’t tried other BT devices. Sometimes the phone reboots when I connect to a charger. Other than that, it’s been great. Battery life is still the same.

  • lostisland

    I have had two unexplained shutdowns in a week.

  • bob

    No problems with mine or my wife’s Verizon version. In fact I think I am seeing improved battery life, not much, but some for sure.

  • im on sprint and mine has issues…constant rebooting required due to frequent freezing…

  • Bob

    Flash to Carbon Rom and enjoy a sweet phone!

  • BigWormBigPerm

    I only have one problem and I don’t see anyone else with it…Photosphere doesn’t work, there are no blue dots that show up to align, but I don’t see myself really using it anyway

  • Choppah

    I’ve had camera issues such as horrible sound on video. Video stops if you take more than one photo during video shooing.
    Widgets disappear on home screens

  • 4.2.2 sucks even if you have a custom ROM.

  • I know my mom was saying her battery is horrible now and that her Bluetooth takes 20 minutes to connect with her car now…

  • Battery drain and no voice input for me. Factory reset fixed my issues, though it’s still early. Just be careful where you backup! Here’s my story… http://workingsmartercafe.kronos.com/2013/03/28/piecing-together-bits-of-my-broken-life/

  • Actually 4.2.2 makes my GNex feel like a brand new phone. It’s faster and more responsive than it’s ever been.

  • So Verizon with all of their resources takes months to release an update and still has problems, but independent developers can knock out a solid ROM in less than a week? WTF?

  • Markuz

    Terrible batt life, switch between 3G/4G poor signal, not able to update swift or other app. WTF!!! F*** Verizon!

  • The camera is terrible now… Not user friendly at all… And I despise th the new photo editing controls. How do I get the old camera and gallery back?

  • engemasa

    Having some of these issues: Charging Time, Lagging UI, Battery Life (not horrific but it’s definitely reduced). I haven’t tried a factory reset yet.

  • Will Rehse

    first I had wake lock/sleep issues. then my sim card would mysteriously go missing inside the phones slot requiring a reset and or remove and replace sim card, then I called VZW tech support and they had me start in Safe Mode. I operated in that for a few minutes and ever since doing that and going back to normal, the dang thing is working.

  • Vzw Galaxy Nexus takes longer to charge. the 4G only shows one bar most of the time. It does switch from 4G to 3G in certain areas in Seattle. The GNex will be good till another phone can WOW me again.

  • NexusMan

    Yes. Biggest issue: Phone EXTREMELY slow. Even unlocking the phone gave me a blank homescreen for like 10 seconds, waiting for the launcher to load. Downloads, app updates and app launches all slow. Battery horrible (more than usual). I did a hard reset late last night, but haven’t had enough time as of yet to use it and compare any differences (though the battery doesn’t seem to be as bad anymore. Something that sucked is the fact that right after I pressed the hard reset button, I realized there were some pics I didn’t have backed up. Nothing happened, so I happily figured the touch didn’t register. My phone was so damn slow, that I actually went into my gallery, check marked close to 100 pics, shared them with dropbox, and 4 pics actually uploaded to dropbox, before the hard reset finally registered, and my phone shut down. Ugh!

    • JC

      just Uncheck [background sync] of [Google Currents] and Reboot!!!!!!

  • RobAllenHomes

    Had to revert back to 4.1.1 because I couldn’t keep a bluetooth connection with my Ford Sync system on 4.2.1 or 4.2.2

  • Anyone else running into the issue with the phone vibrating for every notification? I have notifications disabled for e-mails and gtalk and my phone still vibrates. It’s driving me insane. I see this has been going on for awhile: https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=39592

  • ruffian

    The only issue I’m having is voice search doesn’t show card results… it goes straight to chrome and lists results.

  • Lee Woods

    I cannot send text messages when on wifi on my Nexus after the 4.2.2 update. Frustrating because you never check that it was sent. Just click send, put phone in pocket. Later your phone notifies you that it wasn’t sent.

  • I’ve seen battery problems after updating to 4.2.2, but I know what’s causing them. My screen turns on randomly while the phone is sitting on the desk. I’m going to try the hard reset this weekend and see if that works, if not I’m rolling back to the last stock release.

  • EatUrCrap

    The update messed with the blutooth sync in my car

  • mikeszekely

    Everything seems ok on mine except the battery. I already had G+ enabled (thank goodness, it sounds like it’d be a lot worse if I didn’t). Mine’s dropping about 10% per hour just sitting on my desk doing nothing, and “Phone Idle” is the biggest battery drain according to my settings. Before the update, with light use I could go from the time I got up (around 7:30) until I went to bed (around 11:30) and still have over 40% remaining. Now, with zero use, my phone’s crying to be charged by the time I get home in the evening (around 5:30).

  • r00zilla

    I was running Hot, slow, battery was draining at record speed…..talk about HOT MESS!!! Did a reset, which forced me to clean out a bunch of crap I had loaded since I got the phone. Since the reset…….she’s been a wet dream!! For me, the reset was a neccessary evil.

  • This is why Verizon is so slow to update our phones.

    I don’t think I have any issues with 4.2. However, before I plugged my phone tonight, I looked at the battery usage by app (in settings), Google Maps had used a good chunk of battery — much more than I expected. (I briefly used maps to view traffic before going to/from work, and with GPS off.)

    • The funny thing is, I’ve been using 4.2 using Shiny ROM for a couple weeks and I’ve seen no problems on my battery whatsoever. I didn’t even wipe my phone clean when I switched from BB.

  • dgarcia

    Im a heavy user and im lucky to get 3.5-4hrs. Im getting a little better life after disableing google+, and all the extra play stuff except the store. I still wanna know why sdcard is sucking up 1/3 of my battery

  • VZW_Finally_Up2Date

    I had issues at first with battery use and getting really hot. I did a few restarts and updated some apps. I also disabled Google + it was using 65% of my battery and I don’t even use Google + never opened it before. After that battery issues have gone away and phone seems to be working great. For everyone having issues it could possibly be some of the apps you have installed that is why the factory reset probably fixes the issues. I am just glad Verizon is up to date finally.

  • LTE is the major killer I think of battery life. Its frist GEN LTE like that of Thunderbolt which too had terrible batter life. Seems like the newer devices have better LTE performance which only means it has to be the hardware used for the LTE chips.

  • LMI500

    Laggy, erratic, and what battery life? Bluetooth when listening to music through the car is a little staticy for some reason now.

  • JC

    Someone having a lagging problem just unchek background sync of google current.
    And reboot!!! Enjoy!

    • JC

      And Battery issue –> install juicedefender

      • I find the horrible lag between screen on and signal on with Juicedefender has basically ruined it for me. It’s not worth the 1.3x battery life.

    • SOMFW

      Or just disable that garbage app and still have lag and battery issues

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    It’s nice that Verizon is getting these updates a lot quicker now, but they may have rushed this one to soon.

    • you’re kidding right? do you realize that this was the LAST of the nexus phones to be updated? the tmo/att ones were updated literally months ago…

      • Chris Hollenbeck

        Verizon apparently didn’t iron out these issues or we wouldn’t have had this article and 191 comments.

  • Frayed Sanity

    I’m using pure stock but with Apex Launcher for more options. Honestly every little glitch or issue I had with 4.1 is gone. Bluetooth is flawless now no more dropping or losing connection. Battery life is stable (for a battery that’s almost a year old) The overall UI is fluid and a lot smoother. The audio from the speaker was always very low for the most part since it was released. I read that they included a new software package for audio latency and improving it across the device in all applications… With 4.2.2 the poor audio quality is gone and it sounds great now. It was one of the first things I noticed after the update. Now on every Android device I’ve owned after I get a major OS update I backup everything and do a Master Reset and install the new OS fresh.. I never had a new replacement or warranty exchange on any of my devices. My previous device still runs perfect but I wanted a Nexus. This 4.2.2 JB update has made the VZW G-NEX run and function the way it should have when it came out. I know it took VZW and Google for that matter a while to work out JB and getting it approved but I applaud them for taking their time and getting it right. I have no desire to ever upgrade again to a non Nexus device (plus I’m grandfathered Unlimited Data) this device runs so well for me now that I can use it for a year or more and beyond.

  • After updating my battery lasted about 3/4 hours with EVERYTHING off. I read some forums and found that disabling exchange helped and uninstalling Maps updates. They helped a little, but barely. I decided to factory reset, and now my batter is twice as good as it was previous to the update. Happy I did it, if you can’t seem to get your battery life working better, I STRONGLY recommend backing up and resetting your phone. Works buttery smooth again too.

  • SirCharles

    My battery was bad before the update leading me to think to purchase a new one…. now the update has actually seemed to fix it… So far all else seems to be fine, will have to try BT with my truck, bumping using NFC, still my Google Wallet is not able to work for about 2 months now…

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    Just google 4.2
    This is not a verizon or gnex exclusive problem.
    Everything we are experiencing had been trouble for 4.2.x users worldwide, just google it.
    Stick with 4.1.1

    • Shaggy723

      I have a nexus 7 and gsm gnex both with 4.2.2 and I don’t have any of the issue people are describing. I think 4.2.2 is the best version of Android to date. The battery issues with the Verizon GNex stem from the fact that the phone has two radios that it has to switch between.

  • Been running 4.2 on Shiny, and it’s been horrible on battery life. i’m starting to think it’s a firmware thing or something to do with the kernel. i’ll be lucky if i can get 10 hours out of my phone with 1 hour of on screen time, with the brightness on auto.

  • Anthony Saylor

    Mine just experiences lag.. Typically when going into the multi task view

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    So Samsung tells verizon rep that I should just keep ignoring the upgrade reminder for a few days and it will go away, I had tried to control it through google frameworks but it kept verifying and charging me data……will see, very annoying to have this alert every 5 minutes, but not willing to deliberately break my phone….

    • Michael

      I was super worried about doing the update. But I bit the bullet and said “eh!” and went ahead and did it. The update went through fine and everything is great! πŸ™‚

      • thegreatcorntrollio

        Sounds good. Have you done any Bluetooth? That’s the part I’m worried about. Reports of stuttering on music apps streaming. I use that a lot.

  • fallenyogi

    I am having issues with my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. The phone gets really hot, the camera lags between photos and when adjusting from portrait to horizontal, the Bluetooth keeps going in and out, and apps downloaded from the Play website don’t get pushed to my phone.

  • RedXander

    Ever since I’ve loaded Shiny Rom (with extended battery framework) on my GNex, it’s been amazing. I don’t even think about battery life anymore. I didn’t charge it one night just to see how long I could get out of it; it topped out at 23.5 hours with moderate use. I also stream music via bluetooth to my big Jambox constantly and don’t have any issues.

  • R

    I love how everyone blames Verizon not one person blames Samsung because they are almighty? How about Samsung messed up the build? they are the ppl that dev the software.

    • because the nexus devices that don’t run on VZW aren’t having a problem?? might have somethin to do with it….., you know…that…….and Samsung developed Touchwiz….not Android stock…hence the point of a NEXUS device….but hey, you tried, E for effort

  • I had the same battery drain problem recently on my Maguro, so for the record Toro’s aren’t the only one out there with this issue. I scoured the forums, factory reset etc. to no avail.

    Here’s a crazy idea just for $hit$ & giggles….

    …maybe “The Man” is trying to brick all of our GNex’s since there’s still overwhelming support for the phone and it’s been out for what 2 years plus & still going strong? If we’re all still using our GNex who’s buying new hardware? I’m just saying πŸ˜‰

    Oh btw, I resolved the issue by flashing nightly CM10.1, the extended screen is just awesome.

  • :/ I guess I and my wife are lucky. Gnex has been perfect for us since beginning.

    Oh well, loving the new features in 4.2.2.

  • The night I installed the update I had to do a Factory reset as the phone was getting way too hot. Now it seem to be better in some areas but worse in one key area, connectivity. This thing drops signal worse than before. Contract is up in November so may be time to say adios.

  • That’s why you need to run Bamf Paradigm. The only thing I have seen with 4.2.2 is the new radio’s have gotten worse. I went back to 4.1 radios to see if it improves.

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    From what’s I’ve read on the changelog this is a google 4.2 problem on all devices running 4.2, Bluetooth broken etc…….just happens that the gnex is high up the food chain on updates despite what’s babbled. 4.2.1 was riddled with bugs, verizon spared us, the dove in on 4.2.2 unwisely.
    Would like to see verizon release a down grade to 4.1.1 the last stable build.
    My phone is at 4.1.1 and constantly prompted to upgrade, annoying. My gf gnex is 4.2.2 and not performing well.

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      Btw verizon tells me of a Samsung firmware fix next week……..wait and see……..ugh

  • Jared B.

    Seriously, my battery life is atrocious after the update. Even with the 2200mAh batter AT BEST I get about 4 hours of battery life. That is if I only check the time occasionally and respond to a text or two (not exaggerating). The last 20% of the battery is the worst…when it hits 25% it starts just bleeding power at over 1% a minute.

    • Michael

      you need to go in and optimize your settings. Specially in your google now settings.

  • Kyle Miller

    Sad to say but its time for a new device for me. Good ol GNEX is just getting too frustrating to keep using nowadays. Time to retire to a media player little buddy. I’ll keep him company with the OG Droid.

  • Burntoast

    Wow I am glad I flashed to stock 4.1.1 right before I did the OTA to 4.2.2 no issues for me. πŸ˜›

  • joejoe5709

    I found that turning OFF Google Now traffic keeps Maps from sucking up a ton of battery life. I don’t know about you, but a quick check of the local news before leaving for work tells me about traffic. I don’t need Google to tell me. All the rest of the Google Now info is usually very helpful though. πŸ™‚

  • My phones been off the charger for 6 hours, I’ve got 65% battery left, and I’ve used the phone a total of 1 hour today, if anything my phones battery life has improved, but it has more lag

  • Jerry13

    I’m so happy I got rid of this phone

  • andrew galvin

    Most of these problems sound like the same issues the nexus 4 has been having. These are not issues with the build for the VZW G Nexus but rather problems in AOSP at the moment. Using a custom kernel can drastically improve the battery life on my nexus 4. The blue tooth thing you are SOL though.

    • thegreatcorntrollio


  • Curtis

    Decreased LTE signal strength, laggy browser,

    and they finally put wifi/bt in the notification bar…but they are not switches…just links… wtf Cyanogenmod has had this functionality for like 4 years.

    • PSU_DI

      ummm 4.2.2 isn’t just links. 4.2.1 was but 4.2.2 actually has functionality as toggles.

      • Mark Lewis

        But you have to long-press to toggle. That’s not “quick.” They have it backwards, but CM got it right.

    • Michael

      long press on them and theyre switches

  • Jeff DeYoung

    So much lag. Battery can’t keep up (and I have extended one). Car Dock even lags. Might try reset but wow what a solution. :/

  • Im getting a “RPC:S-5:AEC-0” error and i can’t download or update any apps via the Play Store. XDA says to delete and re-add my google account, but the delete option isn’t there to choose. Others are saying they have had the problem before and it has corrected with time. Not sure what to do at this point

  • gethought

    Supposedly there is a known issue if you have an exchange email account active at the time you upgrade to 4.2.2. I did and my battery life, which was already not great, was lasting 1/4 of usual after upgrading and the phone ran hot. Corporate email jumped to #1 on the list of battery usage. Tried to delete the account and add it back but that didn’t fix anything. Factory reset fixed everything. Running as it was before with no noticeable issues for about a week now.

  • dawn m. armfield

    Factory reset fixed all of my problems (heat, battery drain, poor reception, etc.) when I did it on Monday.

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    I’m on hold with verizon right now, they’re telling me a firmware update will be rolled out on April 2nd, don’t know what it includes, no doubt the new radios are trouble too, this is a big mess, I’m getting hit 90 mb data charge every time this thing alerts me again even if I don’t upgrade……

  • sc4fpse

    Good thing Verizon took their time with their testing process for the update! It clearly made this update a great experience for everyone. /s

  • The bluetooth issue is horrible. I lose connection to my Pebble all the time and never know it. Anyone know if a factory reset of the phone will help that?

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      No, won’t help, Bluetooth is a known issue in the google changelog and not gnex specific.

  • Pdiddy187

    My rig runs pretty well. I don’t use bluetooth. Shiny + lean kernel + Nova

  • Charles Roberts

    I have had no problems. Battery life was already substandard. 4.2.2 has been a big improvement overall. Very pleased

  • 2 hour battery life, no SMS, stupid hot, apps like Maps showing 41% of battery usage when I had not even opened it.

    I reset the phone and it has been okay. Took this as an opportunity to rebuild my interface with Action Launcher and pare back to the Apps I am actually using (went from 107 to 48…for now)

    I still think VZW was utterly incompetent in pushing an update that breaks phones. They delay the Google updates because they need to “test” it and it appears that “testing” is usless.

    • Dr Watson

      Same issues plus wifi disconnects got worse.

      Since I rooted my phone, I found one solution that works quite well as far as battery issues and running hot goes:

      added the following line to build.prop

      #improve battery under no signal

      battery lasts much longer and the phone no longer runs hot when the signal is weak. Incidentally. I have noticed the battery drain gets worse when running with weak CDMA (non-LTE) signal.

      Hope that helps.


    Some of my apps, like groupme and facebook don’t give me notifications anymore. Pretty much just text and email.

    Performance definitely feels laggy

  • Ryan

    This is what happens when everyone complains that they want an update right now and cant wait.

  • I mean, Verizon always says to factory reset your device. For whatever the reason is, it’s annoying to hear that. “Oh your messaging app doesnt work right? We suggest wiping out your phone.” “Oh, your device won’t update? Wipe it out and talk to us after.”

    • Detonation

      Unfortunately that’s because its the cheapest, one size fits all solution for them – they’re not going to spend extra time troubleshooting a specific issue when they can just have the user reset it and accomplish the same thing. My campus tech support was the same way. “Oh, you have a problem with your email? Here we’ll re-image your laptop for you”

  • PSU_DI

    This is the last article I expected on DL, I guess VZW still can’t get things right even with there months of testing. I run Shiny’s AOSP rom which is built directly from source. It’s supposed be the equivant of the OTA minus the VZW bloat.

    I can tell you that 4.2.2 has dramatically IMPROVED my battery life, On 4.1.2, I could get through most of the day, but always needed a charger handy. Now I can leave work after a full day and still have over 50% battery life left. Battery life is always phone/user dependent but Google did fix a major GPS wake lock issue in 4.2.2 and I believe this is why my life has improved, people that don’t leave gps on probably won’t notice this improvement.

    Also Google switched to an New bluetooth Stack in 4.2.1, this caused a lot of issues with older bluetooth hardware, In 4.2.2 it’s better but still not 100% compatible Users coming from stock 4.1.2 could be seeing this new incompatibility issues.

    One last thing to note, 4.2.2 does have a little lag compared to 4.1.2. It’s usually caused because the phone is low on available ram, and isn’t killing apps fast enough or you’ll notice an app like facebook constantly restarting the service which brings everything to a halt. A weird quirk/fix is to simple run a live wallpaper. people claim it fixes the slow down. ,I’m not sure why, but it’s worked for me before.

    Also all of these issues are not exclusive to the Gnex, they affect every device running 4.2.2

  • To update I decided to restore from CM10 back to 4.1.1 … THEN do the factory update to 4.2.2.

    Did this a week ago and I swear I get better bat life. The UI is slick has no lag. And i now get 4G at my house (when I didn’t before). I do use the Nova Launcher and I am rooted.

    • I also blu tooth connect to My Ford Sync and have no issue (stream audio and phone calls)

      • thegreatcorntrollio

        I use the dodge equivalent unconnect…….not willing to go to 4.2 to find out and not be able to make it work again, love that streaming google play and audible.

        • PSU_DI

          Yeah, uconnect, is interesting… How old is the vehicle? More than likely you’ll need to take it to the dealer and have a firmware upgrade done for uconnect, it’ll make it compatible with more devices. I have a Jeep and my uconnect is fine, but I’ve read other chryslers mainly pre-2010 models have some issues with 4.2.2

          • thegreatcorntrollio

            2012 works great now with phone 4.1.1
            The genius of great developers is NOT to break things that work

          • thegreatcorntrollio

            They need to put blueZ back and use Broadcom too? You can’t just break a whole standard and expect all the vendors to have fixed it retroactively? What year is your jeep? My hemi challenger is 2012, I’m assuming when I move to 4.2 it will work fine?

  • Mine was running hot and training the battery. After putting up with it for a day, I did a factory reset. It works beautifully now.

  • I traded mine for a toaster.

  • Chris King

    make sure you disable tilt in Chrome because it uses battery even when you’re not using Chrome

  • SamNumer

    My battery life got horrible and the phone was always hot for a bit, but I noticed that my “corporate email” was using a huge amount of battery. I closed my account and recreated it, and all has been normal since.

  • Jim McClain

    4.2.2 by way or BAMF 3.1……No problems at all. πŸ™‚

  • SD_Scott

    I’ve definitely noticed a weaker signal… Every since I updated the radios I get crap 4G service and only 2-3 bars on 3G.

  • Bauce40

    Verizon pushed out this update way too early. Didn’t do enough testing on it apparently. LOL

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I really need to factory reset to fix my battery life πŸ™

  • Elliot Gardner

    Why would you not just factory reset? Installing apps and logging in again is not that big of a deal. If you have owned the phone since it came out and haven’t factory reset yet, it’s about time!

    I use custom roms so I’m used to this, it’s pain less and you’ll end up getting rid of apps you never use.

    • NexusMan

      I ended up doing just that, but it’s a pain for someone like me because I have soooo many apps and sooo many customizations, that it’s just time consuming to set everything back up the way I want it…especially when I know I’m gonna have to do it all over again in a few months when I buy a brand new phone.

  • joejoe5709

    Battery life will suck one day and then not so bad the next. Idling, it’s fantastic 1% or less and hour. But talking on the web or talking on the phone can take 1% or more every couple minutes. It’s ridiculous.

  • Shaggy723

    After having both the Verizon gnex and the gsm version, I can honestly say that Verizon version is a turd. I never have of these issues with my gsm gnex, sorry guys.

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      Not according to the changelog. Bluetooth is a known cross platform issue

      • Shaggy723

        Hmm, haven’t used the Bluetooth yet on my gsm gnex since upgrading to 4.2.2 whenever Goggle originally sent out the update. Oh well. My phone runs flawlessly and I get almost 2 days worth of battery life. Again, sorry to hear about all of the trouble guys.

    • NexusMan

      My friends on GSM tell me the same thing.

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    Question: Does factory reset zap all pictures and apps and everything? Or does it just put settings to stock?
    Sounds like Bluetooth bugs, which are critically for me in the car, are in all versions.

    • JoshGroff

      You would lose app data and what not, but music/pictures/etc stay.

    • thefullritz

      reset wipes everything……

    • Elliot Gardner

      No, it does not zap pictures or anything on “external storage”. Apps, contacts, etc. yes.

      • thegreatcorntrollio

        On iOS all that stuff is stored on iTunes…….do we have an analogue to restore all the apps and files after the reset?

        • Jwhap

          Upload pics to Google+

  • Hazadriel

    Battery life is worse, hesitation between launching any app or pressing a button, random reboots(did not happen before) to name a few.

  • Allan Marshall

    The battery was horrible to begin with. I can’t even imagine how how bad it is after the update… I liked the phone, but 7 hour battery life wasn’t my thing. I sold it several weeks ago.

  • Rigoberto

    Well if you’re on stock, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG. -credit goes to DDevito, KingRodeoJones, and Tim242

  • jwthrush

    I didn’t want to wait for Verizon to push the update so I had to unlock my bootloader to flash it. My battery life actually appears to have improved and I’ve had 0 issues so far.

    • Havoc70

      Same here, although not using the Nexus as my primary anymore since i got the Note II

  • Had the OTA on Tuesday and got 90 minutes on a fully charged battery and the screen got extremely hot. My GNEX already has the charge bolt of death(charge blot stays on and won’t charge the battery) so I have three batteries and an external charger. When I check the battery usage my screen is in 30% or more and the phone is in standby mode most of the time. I don’t have my work email hooked up so that wasn’t the problem(disabled exchange anyways). Somehow I managed to get 12 hours on my extended battery last night and the fresh standard battery I put in 3 hours ago is almost dead.

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      Force quit the exchange app.

      • I disabled it the other day and it didn’t help. It wasn’t even active according to the battery logs.

        • thegreatcorntrollio

          There is another app called widgets hd? That one is supposed to be trouble too, do you have that?

          • Not anymore. I deleted it last night I think.

  • diamonddave242

    all the above….and it’s seems there is some laging…like it moves slower when in the menu.

  • Scott

    My power button didn’t respond all the time and battery life was awful. Last I checked, it was 45 minutes of on-screen time. I needed charge it at the end of a 30 minute train commute. Just did a factory reset a few hours ago, hopefully that’ll fix some of the issues. Is it me or is Google getting buggier?

    • FWIW – I have this issue on 4.1

      • RatGirl

        I had the same issues on 4.1 and with the update. After wiping the phone and reinstalling, I still had the issue. I spoke with Verizon and they sent me out a replacement phone. Battery life is awesome now!

    • Michael

      So did that reset help?

  • Jason Kahn

    My Battery has been even worse than usual I’M talking fully charged to dead in under an hour, thats with a brand new extended battery, the camera spends more time crashing than actually taking pictures. Watching any kind of video causes the home screen to have to redraw. The bluetooth actually works great, and 4G reception has been absolutely Horrendous, I can’t hold a signal outdoors in Manhattan, and indoors I can barely hold onto 3G. I have done the full factory reset twice. I thought Verizon had a strict approval process, obviously they have absolutely no idea what they are doing.

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      Exchange app. Force quit that. Apparently 4.2 is bad on all carriers, stuff re-broken. Verizon was waiting to protect us I think…….didn’t wait long enough…..

      • Jason Kahn

        Yeah i forgot that as a bug exchange is a no go, but I think that’s a general issue across all android phones

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    I’m sticking with 4.1.1
    Works very well, nothing I need with the 4.2.2, except that sexy new clock, omg, how ugly.
    My gf and I bought a pair on the day they came out with ics, they sucked, somewhere along the line the phones started to work nicely, 4.0.4?
    She upgraded, I didn’t . Hers is clunky and funky, less bars too in same places, not getting on wifi and other glitches.
    I disabled notifications in google framework but the thing periodically alerts me until I clear it again……..
    Plus I think it hits me 89 mb every time so after a month of not upgrading I might reach data limits just on that junk……what to do? I use bt streaming a lot, hear that’s a big issue too, not willing to ruin a working phone to find out.

  • Zach Armstrong

    I have yet to do a factory reset but the main thing I’m experiencing is keyboard and camera lag.

  • MichaelFranz

    i heard a lot of bluetooth audio fixes are with the 3.4 kernel version but you need a 3.4 rom to work with a 3.4 kernel, and 3.0 roms will not work with it. Not sure if the BT audio is just crap or it doesn’t work at all

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      It works perfectly on 4.1.1
      I listen to audible and google play , pandora etc in the car and its awesome how it answers calls, pauses, and plays after and is controlled on my steering wheel, not willing to lose that for camera gimmick and ugly clock…..

      • MichaelFranz

        thats the only thign that sucks is i never back up system data on my phone even if it is just bluetooth, so i have to set my car up all the time. havent odne it yet with 4.2.2 on my GS3. I know the nexus is entirely different but i know 4.2.2 still has some bluetooth audio issues. hearing great things about the 3.4 kernel that should bring vats improvements just needs some stability.

  • BTLS

    Camera is painfully slow at rotating, and often crashes…

    side note, is there no longer a zoom control? I rarely use it as I know it’s crap digital zoom, but I did need it the other day, go figure…

    • Pinch to zoom

    • Jonathan Berry

      Zoom is still there, but you have to use pinch-to-zoom.

  • Yes, the battery life is indeed an issue, the prior update of 4.1.x also had it and boot up issues also. I was planning on doing a factory reset since that seem to fix the battery issue with the 4.1.x update. I’ll be doing factory reset on my phone this weekend.

  • mgamerz

    Bluetooth is still partially broken in 4.2.2 even on the GSM version, it’ll drop and reconnect for no apparent reason.

    • Mike_Cook7

      I also noticed this and was able to reproduce it. If I connect my BT headset then hit the power button on the phone to shut off the screen *Poof* Connection lost. If you don’t hit the power button within a minute of the screen going off I would get the disconnect. Seems like a power saving issue to me. (he maybe that is why my battery drain isn’t that bad lol)

      using: Plantronics Discovery 975

      • mgamerz

        Mine works with the screen off. But when switching between 4G/3G is when it seems to disconnect most often, which is sadly quite often (the radio seems to suck)

  • Only issue I’ve seen so far was location services not working even though they were all enabled maps said they were off. Uninstall and reinstall of maps fixed it.

  • Brandon Golway

    I’ve been running an AOSP ROM with the newest radios for a few weeks now and the only problems that I see are slow network speeds but that could be due to my area. Battery life is average.

    • Adam Metzner

      I don’t think you apply here. They are talking about the Verizon OTA.

  • Liderc

    Mine seems to be having a little bit of lag, and I hate to even say lag, it’s more like i do something and there’s a short delay but not a stuttering type of lag, just like I tough the power button and it’s like 1 second then turns off.

    • Too much butter in 4.2.2

      Now it’s project lethargic.

    • JasonIvers

      I’m seeing that when I hit the home button.

    • joejoe5709

      I occasionally have lag after installing a month or two of nightlies. A fresh install usually does the trick for me.

    • richard melcher

      Lag is my biggest problem. Battery life is horrendous also but I figured that was just my old phone. I’m experiencing all of these problems and am having a terrible user experience but never though it was due to 4.2.2

    • ceejw

      I think the lag is coming largely from increased ram usage. On 4.1 my phone would have around 350MB of ram free if it was just sitting idle. One 4.2 it never seems to have more than around 90MB. The easiest way to tell when you ram is being maxed out is when theres a long delay for it to respond when you press the home button or your homescreen completely redraws.

  • nick s

    been running roms with latest android for awhile now and battery life has seen better days and getting sleep of deaths when using blue tooth audio with data on.

  • For those who use HD Widgets, make sure you get the most recent update– I had an issue with my GNex on 4.2.2 with the prior version where it was apparently constantly crashing and restarting in the background, causing CPU usage to be constantly at 100%, meaning it only lasted ~1 hr on battery.

    • kaufkin

      Ditto! and on CM (Nightly and most recent montly) HD Widgets still causes issues. I removed it, and had a noticeable improvement. (tracked w/ System Monitor Lite). in a day or 2, I’ll re-install. very responsive dev however, so I’d expect a fix may already be out that I’m not aware of….

    • Cory Larson

      Yes. This. I uninstalled it completely yesterday and today I’ve had at least double the battery life. 9.5 hours on battery (extended) and still sitting at a happy 69% remaining.

      • SOMFW

        9.5? Why do you people report standby time?? It’s meaningless. the only thing that matters is actual Screen on time or to a lesser extent, Talk time. My phone lasts 133 hours, but it was in a drawer with all radios turned off and in airplane mode. See the point?

        • Cory Larson

          In my case my phone is usually sitting around with the screen off all day, so in hindsight I could have better explained that I was comparing standby time to standby time with and without HD widgets installed. I don’t know what it does while the screen’s off but it certainly wasn’t nothing — hopefully just a bug. Point taken, though.

  • Ben McDonald

    Actually, mine seems to be working better than ever. I did do a factory reset (It was time, things were getting a little cluttered in there after so many custom rom installs…)

    Signal seems to be stronger, battery life is WAY better so far… I was only getting 6hrs or so w/ extended battery, not im going on 5 with around 70% left.

  • MikeD675

    No problems for me.

  • techie_1

    I did a factory reset when I first upgraded to 4.2.2. Haven’t had a single issue. Battery life has been about as good as it can be for a galaxy nexus.

  • Jdksmnc

    Yeah, my battery is horrible! Oh wait

    • The only good thing about this phone is that its performance is consistent; consistently bad. Mind boggling what you guys deal with to have the “pure Android” experience.

      • PhillipCun

        LOL. What is better? Touchwiz? ROFL

        • So you’re saying the GNex > Galaxy Sx? Please.

          • Capt. Crunch

            That’s an unfair comparison. If yu want to compare similar handsets it should be Galaxy Nexus> Galaxy S II

          • I believe that’s exactly what he’s saying. =)

      • I have zero issues with my gnex. my wife’s experience is the same.

        • NexusMan

          I’m guesing you don’t have the Verizon one? I must say, that my friends who have the T Mobile version have zero problems aso, and my friend who has the Verizon one like me, had the problems I have.

          • kstrickland05

            I have zero issues with my Verizon one. My dad as well.

          • nope. Both are Verizon. Mine is from launch and wife’s is a later variant that I forgot did have a reception issue for a week before the update came out that fixed it with a new radio. Other than that, no issues here.

            I guess batter life could be longer, but for an early LTE device its fine and I almost get a day out of it. Usually plug in late in day well after getting home. But reception, speed, camera, gps, bluetooth (I use often), and so on all work perfectly as far as I can tell.

      • NexusMan

        I’m dealing with it until something worthy comes out…and my contract expires.

      • kstrickland05

        I’ve never had any issues with mine. Extremely happy with it since the day it was released.

    • Sirx

      Yep! If the battery is any worse after the 4.2.2, I certainly can’t see it through all of the shameful performance my battery has always put out :-/

      • Lee Woods

        Yeah that’s the one thing I didn’t notice was worse battery performace. It’s always been just terrible.

      • NexusMan

        Mine WAS in fact worse after the update.

      • cleetose

        Battery life was already pretty bad for me, about four hours of use, but has become extremely bad since the update. Now I’m getting about two hours even on standby, and it gets quite warm.

    • 4n1m4L

      I must be a minority. All the issues I was having are fixed on 4.2.2

      • Mitchman

        All of my issues have been fixed with 4.2.2 as well. My mic used to cut out on my phone calls after talking on the phone for 30 minutes, and I would have to call back so they could hear me again – works fine now.

      • michael arazan

        All my issues are fixed with 4.2 also, my settings froze every time I went to close apps for 1 and a half minutes every time I click an app, was so annoying. But I just got a Refurb from my insurance so it came with 4.1 installed so I didnt have the clutter of other os updates in the background.

  • Graham Wilson

    I had horrible battery life the first couple days along with keeping a good signal. so that wold kill my battery. Bluetooth would good in and out sometimes. But as of yesterday signal seems to be great now along with battery also. Maybe it needed sometime to sent in before everything worked like normal. foxfi force closing for some reason now also

  • 4n1m4L

    My battery life is finally decent. Rev 10 hardware.

  • Johny Merg

    I did the update, battery life seemed like it got worse, and the camera is really laggy, but photo sphere is awesome

    • camera lags when you tilt the phone from portrait to landscape and vice versa. terrible.

    • SOMFW

      Yeah it was fun for the first 5 mins, exactly how long it took to take the sphere and process it. Then when trying to view on phone, discovered it was all but worthless since you cant scroll left or right (without being extremely careful=l) or it will switch to the next pic in your gallery. Ask yourself this, would you pay that gimmick feature?

  • evcon

    I don’t seem to be having those issues (on my GSM GNex) but I’m noticing I’m not getting any Google Now cards every now and then…not even the weather card, which I never swipe away.

    • NorCalGuy

      I am not having that issue but my girlfriends GNex running AOKP nightlies is experiencing the same issue even though all the cards are turned on nothing ever appears.

      • evcon

        I’m also running AOKP (build 5) and I started noticing it yesterday. Sometimes I do get cards, though.

        • Jwhap

          I am running shiny and I noticed this too. Obviously this is a Google issue not a 4.2.2 issue

  • BulletTooth_Tony

    Factory reset? I’d rather just push the carrier reset button and leave. Some “testing” they did before they released this.

    • People complain when Verizon waits to release an update and then complains when they release it too fast. It’s a cant win for Verizon.

      • EC8CH

        how ’bout Verizon stop releasing updates altogether and leave that between the device manufactures and their customers…. WINNAR!

      • SOMFW

        You are confused. They have never released one fast. They took several months to release 4.2 – They claimed they were testing it – Which everyone with an IQ that isn’t single digit, knows they weren’t doing.The Testing verizon refers to is the end users being Guinea Pigs. Google could have pushed the original 4.2 to us the day it was released, as well as the subsequent patches to it. Verizon wont allow it and it’s not because of testing! It’s pure greed. With that said neither Google or Samsung test them either

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      Google AT&T android 4.2

      • BulletTooth_Tony

        Why? So I can see that the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 that have had 4.2.2 for several months and have further confirmation that Verizon’s testing process is garbage and just a control mechanism to keep people upgrading their phones every 20 months?

        • thegreatcorntrollio

          The testing seems to have been a failure. I’m an end user. I want products that work. I don’t care what brand they are. The AT&T version has had the same issues since 4.2
          I hope this dialogue to upgrade goes away, popping on top every five minutes is annoying

        • thegreatcorntrollio

          This phone sucked from day one, it was terrible for 5 months…….pretty good since, now would suck again if I upgraded.