Verizon: Galaxy Nexus to receive a software update soon

by: Bams SadewoMarch 1, 2013

Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Back in November, we wondered out loud about why Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus was still stuck on Android 4.1.1, even though the GSM variant was already sporting Android 4.2.1. Four months on, not only has the Galaxy Nexus reached its end-of-life status on Big Red, but the once flagship device is still stuck on the same version of Jelly Bean.

Given Verizon’s track record, it’s best not to get too excited about the following news, but it looks like Galaxy Nexus owners is about to receive a bundle of surprise.

Answering a question from an irate customer on the company’s Twitter page, one Verizon rep said that the OTA software update will be pushed to the device by none other than Samsung. Funnily enough, Samsung said that they have no information regarding the update.

If the Samsung part isn’t weird enough, notice that the rep didn’t specify whether it’s going to be Android 4.1.2 or something newer instead — the latter is preferred, of course. Plus, it’s never encouraging when reps start to throw around the word “soon”. Here’s hoping that Verizon will take the time to further clarify the Twitter post.

Still hoping for a happy ending?

  • It’s such a shame Big Red is so bad with supporting this phone. For those who don’t root, this phone on VZW got the short end of the stick. Since it’s a Nexus, I’m sure many customers were hoping for latest and greatest updates, but Big Red royally screwed over the customer base, which is just stupid. Do they think they will forget this when their contracts expire and are ready for either an upgrade or looking for a new carrier? VZW handled this phone so stupidly, and I’m sure they’re going to see some people leave because of it.

    • Manny Subia

      You sir are correct and I couldn’t agree with you more. I personally am already planning on jumping the ship when my contract is over and just buying from Google directly and then taking it over to T-mobile or somewhere. It would take A LOT to keep me on Verizon after this debacle

      • Scott Friedman

        That is also my plan.

    • apgrovas

      Couldn’t agree more with you, Tony Stark Tran. I was an AT&T subscriber and moved to Verizon when they became the only carrier to launch the Galaxy Nexus in the US. My thought process was that they were the first carrier to support Android and so, would be a good carrier for Nexus support …Boy, was I wrong !!! I am just sick and tired of seeing Nexus devices on every single other carrier treated like Nexus devices. I rooted my device and do my own upgrades, but as soon as my 2 year contract is up I am out of Verizon, they will not be getting my money any time after this.

  • That’s terrible. People talk about Android fragmentation, well this is one reason why because carriers are slow to upgrade if they even want to push an upgrade at all. But even more, one of the best features of a Nexus device especially the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the fast updates or upgrades to the latest version of Android. Currently GSM unlocked GNex owners including myself are running either Android 4.2.1 or 4.2.2, Yes I did get the upgrade to 4.2.2 a week or so ago. I don’t see a difference though.

  • Michael Adams

    My only choices are AT&T or Verizon…hmmm do I really NEED a cellphone???

  • Benmartin1974

    Id been considering getting a galaxy nexus for some time. I read plenty of reviews and this one was great , I received my package last month and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure.