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How to check your GSM Galaxy Nexus version

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How to check your GSM Galaxy Nexus version
For those of you out there who have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but aren't on Verizon, we have a trick for you that will show you what variant of the GSM Galaxy Nexus you have with a simple app from the Market. No matter what version you have, you'll get the OTA updates directly from Google, but some will have region/carrier specific tweaks. 

Just grab the GN Official Update Checker app from the Android Market, which will let you know what you're dealing with. Verizon Galaxy Nexus users will all see that your device is labeled as "mysid" and that your updates are not coming direct from Google, because your device needs the Verizon specific tweaks, which need to be tested by Verizon before being released. Those with GSM variants will either see the product name is "yakju", with updates direct from Google, or a variant "yakju**". The most common variant, especially for users in the US who imported a GSM Galaxy Nexus is "yakjuxw", which is a Latin American version. 

This is actually something that happened with the Nexus S as well. Nothing special about the different variants, and all get the updates in the same rollout from Google, but it's interesting nonetheless.

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posted on 19 Dec 2011, 20:40

1. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


the developer fixed his article on another website and said the all of the said devices including the verizon receive updates from el goog. He said there were only regional differences in the variations

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 20:53

2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2677; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Do you have a link for that?

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 21:01

3. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


ill do some history searching lol, i'll try and post it up when i find it

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 21:06

4. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


http://www.androidcentral.com/app-tells-you-whos-updating-your-galaxy-nexus-cant-tell-you-whether-care

here it is, its on the **update part at the bottom of the post
i was worried before he updated it

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 22:09 2

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2677; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Cool, thanks. Did a major edit to the article.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 22:21

7. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


happy to help

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 22:22

8. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


For my Verizon GNexus it says "UPDATED by Google, but needs final approval from Verizon."

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 21:54

5. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


I have a question for the tech affluent cell phone user. Suppose I have an unlocked gsm phone and say I'm on a carrier such as Simple mobile or I have a cdma phone on Boost mobile or any other no contract cell service provider, will I still get official releases to update software? Say I have the sg2 and ics gets released for the sg2 I know sprint, at&t would provide ota but would I get the upgrade in software automatically from a no contract cell service provider or would I have to upgrade it manually myself? Thanks in advance.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 22:42 1

9. robinrisk (unregistered)


you would have to update it yourself with some help from Xda.

I might be wrong, but thats what i do since i do not even live in the states and my carriers do not sell Top of the Line android Phones.

posted on 31 May 2012, 23:58

10. patronanejo (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 May 2012)


AAAAH, THE FEATURE PHONE. Oh, how I loved my LG VX8300:

1.3 megapixel camera with LED flash and self-portrait capability
Video capture and playback (3GP) up to size of available memory
TFT LCD with 176x220 pixels supporting 262,000 colors
Front 65,000-color OLED with 96 x 96 pixels
Integrated music player with external controls (hidden menu to activate MP3 capability)
Stereo speakers integrated into the clamshell hinge
Expandability via MicroSD memory cards up to 2GB in size
Office quality speakerphone
Speaker independent speech recognition with voice digit dialing
High-Speed Data Technology: CDMA2000 1x and EV-DO
GPS Localization using gpsOne
Battery Life: Talk: 3.83 hours (230 minutes), Standby: 384 hours (16 days)
Bluetooth: Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP, OPP (for vCard), DUN, A2DP, AVRC version 1.1 / supports stereo
2.5 mm jack

Such a little powerhouse--yet pathetic, really, when compared with today's Android devices. I'm not sure today's smartphones can continue to sprout capabilities without threatening to overwhelm the user with a barrage of sensory inputs and choices that already verge on the infinite.

Bluetooth may finally have its day when convergence reaches its tipping point and our Everything Device gets deconstructed--balkanised into an ecosystem of components that, once free of the need to be co-located with every other component of today's smartphone, can be far lighter and carried in a position that suits its function.
• The baseband and antenna can be further amplified if removed from proximity to the brain. A wristwatch form factor with essentialized display--keypad, date/time, caller ID, Cover Flow--along with still/video camera and speakerphone would comprise the nucleus of this deconstructed handset
• Bluetooth earpiece/microphone for voice communications and private media listening/viewing
• A tablet form factor to combine large high resolution display and main battery--smaller subsystems could charge by induction off of this battery, which could incorporate solar cells opposite the display. COMS ports would be located along the edges of this form factor--USB Host Controller, HDMI, eSATA

Counterintuitively, the user might find himself more productive when the functions of his handset are separated. A change in mindset is more effortlessly assumed as focus shifts from one component to another--replacing the conscious mental gear-changes and dissipation of focus that accompany navigation from one menu to another when every function is co-located a single interface.

Apart allowing separated functions to be more suitably located, the balkanised paradigm also allows components to be purchased, upgraded, or replaced separately:
• The user enjoys a customised allocation of resources that better reflects his priorities;
• The manufacturer can eliminate a significant number of packaging compromises and integration headaches;
• The market experiences a round of specialisation and associated efficiencies

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