After months of waiting, it seems that the Android 4.0.4 update is finally available for the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. As reported by Kellex of Droid Life, a reader commented that he was able to get the update on a replacement phone that he picked up last weekend.
Although the claim should be taken with a grain of salt, the date on the kernel, its new radios and the new IMM76K build number on the phone indicate that the rumor may be true after all. It was said that this iteration of the mobile operating system would be available in early May; since the claim surfaced yesterday, May 1, it seems even more likely to be credible.
Catching the Aloof Android 4.0.4 Update
Following Droid Life’s report, a lot of users are visiting Verizon stores to check out new units that tout the update. As it turns out, a handful of stores now have them. The rumors also suggest that the carrier is rolling out the update to selected devices, and a mass update release should be expected later this week or month.
However, it seems that Google no longer pushes the update on the cache file. Thus, users will need to install a logging program, or logcat, that will track the update file in the device’s folders.
Because of this, the Android-dedicated website posted download instructions to those who want to have the Android 4.0.4 update on their Galaxy Nexus. It is unknown whether those who are using the leaked version of the update will still be prompted when Verizon pushes the mobile OS iteration.
More about Android 4.0.4
Released in March 2012, the latest Android iteration answers user complaints about its 4.0.2 predecessor. The improvements supposedly give users the Ice Cream Sandwich experience that developers intended. In fact, Android developer Jean-Baptiste Queru stated that 4.0.4 not only has a handful of improvements but also a few changes over 4.0.2.
The new mobile OS is a major improvement in terms of multitasking. Switching from one app or task to another is now smoother and faster. In addition, the screen-rotation capabilities have been enhanced, and users no longer notice any lag whenever they change their phone’s orientation. The camera app was also improved and now works better.
But Android 4.0.4 has its drawbacks, too. There were multiple reports that users have experienced signal loss since receiving the over-the-air update. The loss usually occurs a few minutes after the device goes on standby. Although this could be viewed as an energy-saving feature, it is annoying to most users because they can’t receive calls or SMS whenever their phone is on standby.
A number of Galaxy Nexuses now have the Android 4.0.4 update. However, until Verizon comes out and says something, it will hard to tell whether or not it really is the update that everybody has been waiting for.