With the Takju variant of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus received Android 4.2 last week, it’s now the Yakju’s turn. To be specific, this 4.2 update is for the international version of the Galaxy Nexus not purchased in the Play Store and you should be running build JZO54K as a prerequisite before updating. Along with the 4.2 update, Google was also nice enough to provide the factory images to go along with the update. The OTA should be hitting applicable devices soon, or you could always try to fetch the update yourself via setting/about phone.
source: Google Devs
Well what do we have here? Newly available factory images for Android 4.0.4 (IMM76I) can now be obtained via the web for all yakju variants of the GSM version Galaxy Nexus. In addition, there’s a new build on the horizon, “takju”. These images are highly coveted as they can assist you in a time of need, such as when you brick the heck out of your phone rendering it useless. The images can also help you move from a non-yakju build to a yakju one seamlessly. You’ll need fastboot of course and some experience flashing images can’t hurt either. Also note that as Google has begun selling their Nexus device on the Play Store, recall that this is not the same model, it’s the takju build. Takju is Android 4.0.4 (IMM76I) with some optimization for supporting Google Wallet.
source: Google Dev Site
Jean-Baptiste Queru has announced Android 4.0.3 is pushing to the Android Open Source Project, also claiming it’s the best release ever in his eyes. It certainly should be the best release ever since this is the first time we’re seeing AOSP ready to go on multiple platforms. This build is locked and loaded to work on the Galaxy Nexus (mysid and yakju builds), US Motorola XOOM variants, and all Nexus S devices. 4.0.3 is also optimized to work on devices that may not have the horsepower of the Galaxy Nexus.
Out of the box, this is the first time that AOSP works on 3 different
device families, the first time that it works on tablets, the first
time that it works directly on a device that’s neither an ADP nor a
Nexus, and the first time that it works on Verizon devices.
We’ve all known Ice Cream Sandwich would be the Android OS that would bridge the gap between phones and tablets. If done right, this will put Android right where it needs to be from a development standpoint to move forward at a faster pace. Let us know what you think right down there in the comments because this is huge news for Android.
[via Google Groups]
Yesterday we posted an article concerning the discovery of alternative builds on GSM Galaxy Nexus Phones. Google’s own build for the Galaxy Nexus is named “yakju,” however some owners who were not receiving updates for their device discovered the problem lay in the fact that their phone sported a different fingerprint, “yakjuwx.” Android software engineer Jean-Baptise Queru, shed some light on the information, declaring that yakjuwx and yet another alternative build yakjusc are from Samsung, not Google. While the experience is largely the same between the versions, only Google’s yakju build is guranteed updates as they happen. Samsung will presumably distribute the updates to their modified build at unknown time intervals. Not having to wait on updates is one of the major draws of the Nexus brand, so it comes as no surprise that many, discovering they had the yakjuwx build, were a bit disappointed. Others, however, turned their gaze to the impending release of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. Would it be receiving updates through Google, Samsung, or shudder Verizon?
It appears that those of us waiting to purchase the Verizon version can all take a big sigh of relief today, as JBQ has chimed in once more on the situation. He writes,
After reviewing the situation, Google concluded that the only Galaxy Nexus that can be supported in AOSP are the ones that are originally sold with a “yakju” or “mysid” system.
yakju is one of the GSM/CDMA+ variants, while mysid is indeed the CDMA/LTE variant for VZW.
There you have it folks. Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets its updates through Google. Rest a little easier, until our next startling discovery…
[via Google Groups]