Google rolling out Android 4.0.4 to non-CDMA flagship devices

Google rolling out Android 4.0.4 to non-CDMA flagship devices
Earlier, we wrote that not only was the Motorola XOOM WiFi starting to get the update to Android 4.0.4, but also Google released the source code for the update into the Android Open Source Project repository. At the time, we had heard rumors that the GSM Nexus S was also getting the update, and we assumed the Galaxy Nexus would see the update soon. 

Soon is apparently right now. Google has announced via Google+ that the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus, GSM Nexus S and WiFi-only Motorola XOOM are getting the rollout to Android 4.0.4. The update will be new for Nexus S users, who had been waiting patiently for the Ice Cream Sandwich rollout to start up again after that failed first attempt. The update brings improvements to camera performance, smoother screen rotation, improved phone number recognition, and much more. Google has said 4.0.4 includes "a few hundred" improvements over 4.0.3. 

Of course, this doesn't include CDMA versions of the flagship devices, because as Google explained, CDMA devices need an extra platform key, so Google can't support them as developer devices, and they can't be in the direct OTA rollouts from Google. Theoretically, once Verizon and Sprint do what they need to with the 4.0.4 update, it will begin to rollout to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G, and 3G Motorola XOOM. 

The current rollout may take a bit to get to you, so be patient, and Google says it will be bringing the update to more devices "in the coming weeks", so maybe that is when CDMA variants will see 4.0.4. 

source: Google 



18. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I ended up doing a warranty swap because my Nexus S wouldn't hold battery and kept saying no update/stuck on Gingerbread. Best Buy said new phone would have it loaded from the factory...they never know what they are talking about though because it wasn't. New one still was saying no update until I tried the checkin number. 126MB download later I got 4.0.4 now. Runs pretty slick, but appears to have the same connection issues Verizon had. I can only connect to 2G/Edge with almost 1 bar where with Gingerbread I got a minimum 3 bars in bad areas. Even WiFi shows half the signal it normally does. Hopefully Google releases 4.0.5 soon.

19. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Well, I downloaded Google's official Stock 4.0.4 and flashed everything through Fastboot. This one works slightly better...says full bars and 3G, but when I actually try to do something it says no connection like the icon is lieing now. Going to complain to Best Buy today. Does the same thing with 2 different SIM cards, so they need to honor their lame extra warranties they sell and get me a different phone.

16. chris23

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

Has anyone gotten the ota for the nexus s yet?

12. longhairbilly

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 23, 2010

This is the exact reason I have been afraid to buy the Nexus on Verizon.

5. johnny9000

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

As a not so proud owner of a Verizon Nexus I can say this phone has been a constant headache. Such flipping hype over this thing. Constantly loses signal, switch over from 3G to 4G is a nightmare, voice quality is awful, 4G download speeds pale compared to the Razr. Oh yeah, was supposed to get an update to 4.0.whatever back in December, or was it Jan, or Feb? Or March? Now "maybe" April? Oh...okay...

7. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Then sell it bro. I'm running AOKP and this phone blows the f**king doors off any other phone out there. The Nexus was a developer phone in the first place so it's kind of like an insult for you to keep it stock.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You shouldn't have to do this to a phone that's suppose to get flagship software upgrade status. Rooting and using all kinds of lavish developer roms is great, but "Qwik" software updates should be what they promised for those that don't flash and wanted a pure Google experience, and fast resolutions to software bugs right away. Not to mention it should perform like butter stock out of the box, and then the Devs do the nasty to make it an exquisite dream phone desired by all and not despised by some. I am a fan and I want this phone for the roms and all Google experience but just saying man it hasn't been what they said it would be software update wise.

14. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

It is expected to be delayed when you are working with a slow-rolling carrier such as Verizon. Verizon is more about making things work as opposed to how fast they can get to you. Take CDMA, it's slower than GSM but it's extremely reliable. Verizon is just doing their normal testing which takes longer than other carriers.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

GSM may not be faster than CDMA. here's a quote from one of the many sites that refute the speed claim: CDMA has been traditionally faster than GSM, though both technologies continue to rapidly leapfrog along this path. Both boast "3G" standards, or 3rd generation technologies. GSM just has better building and mountain penetration based on the way the radio waves travel. Had they did their home work as you say this should not have launched in such a state is many report it.....just saying

13. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Really? The fact that you don't even know your phone CAME WITH 4.0 negates any potential for validity in your post.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

He knows that you misread what he is saying. He means an upgrade to 4.02 from 4.0 when he says 4.0 whatever.....rofl

3. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

That is sort of a kick in the balls for Verizon Gnexus owners. Actually, I was seriously considering the GNex because of the fact it was a Nexus device, thus meaning it would receive the update almost immediately after Google was done with it. But, that is a such a downer that they still need Verizon to fondle it forever before they okay it.

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Luckily, once Verizon fully moves to LTE and kills its CDMA network, that problem won't exist anymore.

6. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

This'll be a while. You would have to get service in so many more areas. Think of all of the places that you lose LTE service to 3G or even 1X.

9. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011


10. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Tried 2 comment on my Nexus, but still waiting for it to load. lol

11. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It is not a kick in the balls, everybody with a decent ability to use common sense knew that Verizon would interfere, that's what they have always done and will always do, carriers will be carriers, if what people want is a true Nexus they will get the unlocked international version, simple as that

2. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

This exclusion of CDMA is annoying.

1. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Whatever, I'll stick with my AOKP.

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