Sprint Galaxy Nexus Running Android 4.0.4 While Verizon’s Still Stuck On 4.0.2

As some Sprint customers begin to receive their pre-ordered Galaxy Nexus phones, we have learned that the device is running Android 4.0.4, which is a more updated version than Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus, which is still only on 4.0.2. Verizon customers are not too happy right now since they bought a Google Experience phone to get timely updates, but haven’t gotten an update since 4.0.2 dropped on launch day 5 months ago.

Apparently, some Verizon customers are still complaining about some serious bugs in 4.0.2, specifically mic dropping during calls, bad reception, random reboots, performance issues, and poor battery life. A leaked 4.0.4 build seems to have fixed many of those issues but has not yet been officially released on Big Red. The only solution for many right now is to root their device and install the leak, a process only us geeks are really comfortable doing. Most customers are not like us and have no other choice but to wait for an official update.

Some rumors point to Verizon deciding to wait until 4.0.5 to update their Galaxy Nexus devices, but they are just rumors and we don’t know for sure one way or the other. So what’s the hold up? Is Verizon the blocker here, or is it Google? The way carriers control their roll-outs, it would seem it’s Verizon stalling the updates… but doesn’t that mean the Galaxy Nexus is not a true Google Experience device on Verizon? Remember, Google already stated that the CDMA Galaxy Nexus is not an AOSP supported device due to intellectual property issues with the CDMA technology, but that it would still be updated and supported by Google, whcih further points the finger in Verizon’s direction.

So what’s the deal, Verizon?

source: droid-life


About the Author: Ed Caggiani

Originally from the East Coast, Ed now makes his home in San Jose, California. His passion for technology started with his first ColecoVision and Atari gaming systems, and has grown stronger through Tandy computers, IBM clones, Palm Pilots, and PocketPCs. Ed's love for Android began with his first HTC Hero, then blossomed with the original Evo 4G, and now the Evo 3D and Motorola Xoom. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications, and is now a professional User Experience Designer working in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Ed enjoys video games, jamming on guitar, and spending time with his wife, two cats, and Logitech Revue.

  • bubarub

    Verizon has become a bunch of crooks and have lost all credibility. They mind as well be nicknamed the red army, damn commies.

  • http://twitter.com/jackh0lt Jack Holt

    Honestly I would care more if I didn’t have this device rooted with one of the many 4.0.4 ROMs out there. However, this is a giant middle finger to those with stock Verizon Nexus devices. 

  • lightsoutohio

    I have a stock Galaxy nexus. Clearly I’ll be calling verizon! Guess I need to learn more about unlocking and rooting

    • Matt Volk

      Lol Verizon isn’t going to help you unlock and root, but there are plenty of places online to find out how. It’s really simple once you’ve figured it all out. Hardest thing is learning all the terminology

      • lightsoutohio

        cool. Can you tell me the benefits from rooting?- i heard free wifi spot, better battery, newer ics.

  • Robhimself79

    I Guess I put too much faith in Verizon for treating this phone like a real nexus device. They just love to get their grubby hands on every device on their network. I’m not surprised though it’s just how they act and when another network is as reliable in my area I will jump ship and give my money to them.

  • Matt Volk

    I love this phone. I’ve been on 4.0.4 for awhile, and it does clear up a lot of the bugs. But in no way, shape, or form should the Verizon version be called a Nexus. It just isn’t, Verizon controls all the updates. My WiFi Xoom has officially been on 4.0.4 for 2 months or more now. The only reason 4.0.4 isn’t on Verizon’s GNex is because Verizon won’t allow the update to be push which is complete BS!

    • banjoonmyknee

      Verizon controls all the updates?  Really?   You mean you can’t root and install ROMs on it yourself?  

      • MattV111

        Ummm yea my GNex has been rooted since day 1…. But this article isn’t really talking about rooted users, is it? Hence in the title “Verizon’s still stuck on 4.0.2” Also 2nd sentence of my 1st comment “I’ve been on 4.0.4 for awhile” Anything else??

  • Thoilman28

    …….Fuck verizon

  • Noyfb

    jean baptiste head of android released a statement that basically said verizon is delaying the update for g-nex and for a tablets too, and it has been ready for some time now, that is the 4.0.4. It is on his Google+ page.  Verizon is probably trying to figure out a way to charge you for the update, since their is no money in updates, so they don’t care. 
    Not to mention the new $30 upgrade fee on all new phones, because they are losing money with the iphone, and basically making everyone pay for the bloatware no one wants or needs.

  • http://www.igcent.com/ps3-game-news/exclusive-fifa-13-the-first-official-screenshots.html Kev1n

    Verizon better bring that 4.0.4.