Android 4.0.4 leaks for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, runs noticeably faster
0. phoneArena 06 Feb 2012, 03:31 posted on
Those of you who own a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Verizon LTE variant, are free to try this leaked Android 4.0.4 ROM. It may be unofficial, but brings a bunch of improvements and runs noticeably faster...
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1. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; 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.
2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; 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.
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.
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.
3. bloodline (Posts: 694; 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
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!
6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
bloodline, dmbfan is talking about the screen shot of the phone settings of the phone.
14. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
It's sad that another DMB fan had to post something so stupid. :(
8. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
Got mine! =]
So far so good. I do see an improvment.
9. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; 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:
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
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
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)
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?
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.
15. remixfa (Posts: 14193; 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.
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.
17. remixfa (Posts: 14193; 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 :)
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...
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?
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.
23. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Fantastic indeed! It is so much faster! Night and day difference!
12. superguy (Posts: 271; 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?
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.