It’s a big day for Android fans as Jean-Baptiste Queru (JBQ) has recently announced that Android 4.0.4 is currently being pushed to the Android Open Source Project. According to JBQ, this newest version of Android is full of many goodies, with “a few hundred changes over 4.0.3” and is the same update that was pushed to the Motorola XOOM tablet recently. One thing to keep in mind, though, as mentioned in Google’s previous statement regarding CDMA devices, “files related to CDMA devices have not been tested in the context of AOSP.” Yes this means that your Verizon Galaxy Nexus won’t see the update as soon as some of the other vanilla Android devices. As JBQ puts it, “I do not know the schedule for deployment to consumer devices, especially in situations that involve additional per-operator customizations done by the device manufacturers and/or in situations that require operator approval prior to deployment”. This could end up being that 4.0.5 update tipper for early April and the VZW Galaxy Nexus could skip 4.0.4 altogether.
As it stands right now, the 4.0.4 update has started rolling out to these devices:
- UMTS/GSM Nexus S
- Xoom WiFi
- HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus
For those of you with a Nexus S you can grab the update right now if you aren’t a fan of waiting for OTA’s but you are going to want to hit up the XDA for further details. You must be on Android 4.0.3, and the 17MB update has been confirmed to work on both the i9023, and i9020-T (T-Mobile’s Nexus S). Once you receive the update (any device) you can expect “stability improvements, better camera performance, smoother screen rotation, improved phone number recognition and more.” I imagine we will get the full changelog once the update has been made available for all applicable devices.
Folks with a XOOM Wi-Fi tablet are currently stuck with frequently checking under Settings > About Tablet > System Update, until the OTA is ready for your slate. Or you can grab the leaked soak test we mentioned earlier.