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Android 4.0.4 leaks for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, runs noticeably faster

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Android 4.0.4 leaks for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, runs noticeably faster
Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners, here is a bit of news that might be of interest to you. An early Android 4.0.4 ROM has showed up on the XDA Developers forum, and those of you who are a bit more tech inclined are free to give it a shot.

According to the guys who have already tried it out, the leaked update brings a bunch of improvements, among which a shorter boot time, increased in-call volume, and a boost in signal strength. Besides, the new radios that come along make switching between 3G and 4G much more seamless. Overall, everything seems noticeably faster, and a number of bugs have been squashed.

Android 4.0.4 leaks for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, runs noticeably faster
Now for the tricky part, this Android 4.0.4 update will work only on the stock Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Also, you should be familiar and comfortable with flashing ROMs and using ClockworkMod. But most importantly, there is always a small risk of ending up with a bricked device, so proceed with caution and only after you have read and understood all the steps in the how-to guide, available at the source link below. 

Of course, the wisest thing to do is to wait until Verizon makes the update official and starts rolling it out. If none of the above worries you, however, then we wish you happy flashing and enjoy your newly updated Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0.4! Those who get it working are free to share their experience with us in the comments below.

source: XDA Developers (1), (2) via Redmond Pie

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posted on 06 Feb 2012, 03:49 5

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Take it from someone who's done it: if you're keeping your phone stock anyway, wait until the official release. Why? It's a pain in the ass to reverse the update if it has bugs, and reversing the update is the only way to get the official update pushed to your phone.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 04:16 3

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


EXACTLY. The Galaxy Nexus does have some bugs and problems but for the most part its everything I could have asked for. But I am really looking forward to these improvements. However I am not going through the hassle of flashing a rom on my phone.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 07:55

7. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


I beg to differ... It's all pretty simple to do. Always make a back up of your current ROM before flashing something and 9/10 you won't run into any major issues.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 08:32

10. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


If you aren't rooted I agree but if you're rooted you would be crazy to not install this its incredible.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 05:14

3. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Yea I love my nexus but will appreciate the update for some bug fixes.

Please hurry and bring to the GSM Nexus

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 05:14 3

4. dmbfan42 (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


The boost in signal strength seems to be working in the pic with its one bar its showing!

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 05:59

5. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


what pic

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 06:13

6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


bloodline, dmbfan is talking about the screen shot of the phone settings of the phone.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 09:58

14. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's sad that another DMB fan had to post something so stupid. :(

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 07:56

8. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


Got mine! =]
So far so good. I do see an improvment.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 07:57 3

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Here is an unofficial changelog

From Android police

Update #1 from Cam: After spending a bit of time with this update, one thing is for sure: it’s stupid fast. The camera launches almost immediately now, even from the lockscreen –an area in which is used to crawl. Everything just seems even more fluid than before. The new radio also seem to be doing some good for signal strength – my phone appears to have jumped from the -120 to -100 dB range up to -90ish. That’s all I’ve found so far, but I’ll make sure to drop in another update if anything major pops up.

Update #2: User kangxi on xda compiled an unofficial list of changes in 4.0.4 compared to 4.0.2 and 4.0.3. Here they are as of right now:

Noticeably Faster

Android OS bug fixed (in battery stats)

Long-pressing on a blank spot on the last page of app tray bug is gone

New Radios. 3G/4G switching MUCH better. Don’t even notice it changing.

Improved signal strength

New Power Menu. New from 4.0.2, familiar to those who have used a stock 4.0.3 rom. Screenshot here

PRIMELA03 Bootloader

Faster boot up time

Auto-brightness Functionality changed. Smooth transition

Holding down camera button now refocuses again

Multitouch issue seems resolved. Screenshot here

Autorotate is faster

Browser performance noticeably improved

Recent apps list opens faster

Miscellaneous camera UI changes

Increased volume

Keyboard fixes

Updated News & Weather app UI

Improved quick controls in browser. New when coming from 4.0.2. Present in 4.0.3. Screenshot here (Update: 02/05)

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 09:03 1

11. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


I thought this update was going to bring social network integration?? Im still waiting to be able to sync facebook profiles with my contact list. Anyone know when thats coming?

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 09:44

13. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Are you just referring to syncing contact photos? If yes, download the app called haxsync.

It's unfortunate that the phone doesn't sync photos on it's own but even when the phones do the pictures come out rather blurry. If you use haxsync it's high resolution.

I am running a custom ROM so my contacts sync pictures anyways but I downloaded haxsync for the improved quality.

It's $.99 but worth it in my opinion.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 14:43

19. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


Thanks iamcc ill try that out

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 10:13

15. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its facebook, not ICS that is taking its time. Facebook needs to update the app to sync properly. im running a 4.0.3 rom with a minor adjustment that allows facebook syncing.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 11:48

16. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Remix have you tried haxsync? The picture quality is incredible... Also what ROM are you using? I was die hard AOKP until this 4.0.4 came out.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 12:21

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


im using Passion on my SGS1. i kid you not that my single core phone runs better than my honeycomb tegra2 tablet. the difference great coding makes. I am dying for someone to port ICS to my G-Slate. Fat chance, but i can still hope :)

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 12:57

18. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


That doesn't surprise me. When I put ICS on my GT10.1 it was absolutely mind blowing how much faster it was...

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 16:58

21. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Hi, Iamcc. Was there such a difference with Task's Rom or with stock rom only? Would the pros of an early ICS build overcome the bugs enough to justify an early adoption?

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 17:49

22. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I'm assuming you're referring to the GT10.1 and I love tasks ROM for 3.2 but for ICS I'm on Romans milestone 3 and its fantastic.

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 05:24

23. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Fantastic indeed! It is so much faster! Night and day difference!

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 09:08

12. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Now is the signal strength really better, or is this just the placebo fix Verizon was talking about implementing to quell the storm over reception?

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 16:57 1

20. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


To be clear: the Nexus never had signal reception issues, the signal was reported differently. It was tested in a tech site and they say that after the patch the signal reporting is in line with other Verizon LTE handsets.

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