Giving Credit Where It’s Due, Verizon Turns Into an Android Update Machine

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I’ll admit that I’m one of Verizon’s biggest critics when it comes to the rate at which they update their Android smartphones to new software. They are unbelievably  slow for the most part. In fact, I’ve pointed it out a handful times, particularly with the Galaxy Nexus and the amount of time it has taken to update a device that should be the easiest of all. But we also know that Verizon stands firm on their update practices, which have a reputation for being the slowest in the business. Their network is reliable, maybe even the most reliable after all, and they attribute parts of their success to their testing practices. But something seems to have changed in 2013. I ran through a list of updates released by them this year, and the number is impressive.  (more…)

Verizon Finally Posts Galaxy Nexus LTE Changelog, It is Indeed JDQ39

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After approving the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus this morning, we were waiting patiently for Verizon to post up their official changelog, to make sure that the update was build JDQ39 and around 88MB in size. Thankfully for our sake, it is indeed JDQ39 and the same update as the build that leaked a couple of weeks ago, so for those who already updated, you are golden. And for those who wish to manually update instead of having to wait for the update to be pushed to their devices, you can go ahead and do that without worry.

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It’s Official: Verizon Announces Android 4.2.2 Update for the Galaxy Nexus

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Verizon has announced that the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus will start rolling out in phases today, March 19. No, this is not some sort of sick joke.

We’re assuming it’s the same build that leaked a couple of weeks ago as Android 4.2.2 build JDQ39. We’re still waiting for the support docs to arrive, so we won’t know for sure until that happens. But since JDQ39 is the most current version of Android, I’d assume it’ll be the one.

You can manually update to JDQ39 here with our instructions for all situations. If you just want the radios, you can grab those here.

Update:  The changelog is finally available and shows that the build is JDQ39. Feel free to manually update without worry!

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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(more…)

Download: New Radios From Galaxy Nexus LTE 4.2.2 Update

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The new radios from the Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for the Galaxy Nexus LTE on Verizon that was released tonight are now available in .zip form. Thanks to XDA member mwalt2, this file should be flashable over any current G-Nex radios as it includes the full radio.img.

With little testing thus far, it’s tough to tell what kind of difference these can make it network connectivity, battery life, etc. If you are willing to take the risk and do not feel like leaving your current custom ROM, feel free to give them a look. Understand that the CDMA radio will take a while during the flashing process.  (more…)

Download: Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for the Galaxy Nexus LTE on Verizon

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Over the weekend, our buddy El Madhatter sent us a screenshot of his Galaxy Nexus test device which had received an update to Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39). This caused some excitement around the DL community, as in the past when we had seen leaks from him, they were quickly released for our own flashing. Unfortunately this time around, he had already taken the update and was unable to grab the file URL, thanks to a busy schedule. Well, folks, he finally found some time and wit ha little help from XDA member oldblue910 has grabbed the direct Google download of the update for your flashing pleasure.  (more…)