According to tipsters this is a bug-squashing update, so perhaps this is what Verizon was waiting for before releasing the phone. Of course some think that the delays have had nothing to do with bugs, but instead Verizon’s ongoing negotiations with Google over Google Wallet.
Either way, it’s good to see that the phone is being actively improved prior to release. If we’re lucky, this may be the update Verizon is looking for, in which case the Galaxy Nexus could be released shortly. Verizon stores already have the phones in stock, so it’s just a matter of green-lighting their sale.