Manually Install The Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update On Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus
By on February 5th, 2012

It looks like Google has started rolling out a minor update for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus. Quite a few Verizon Galaxy Nexus users are reporting that are getting the Android 4.0.4 OTA update notification on their handset. However, Google and Verizon have not officially confirmed anything about the Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Nexus.

The Android 4.0.4 update is available for download, so interested Galaxy Nexus owners can install it manually.

Galaxy Nexus users, who have already installed the Android 4.0.4 update on their handset, are reporting a noticeable improvement in the phone’s performance. The camera app now opens “crazily fast”, and the web browser is much faster and smoother. The update also contains a new radio, which has improved the network reception and the 3G to 4G network hand-off for Verizon users.

Below is an un-official change-log of the Android 4.0.4 update via XDA -:

  • 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

Installation Steps-:

The update is meant only for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus variant, so owners of the GSM variants of the handset should stay away. The update does not require users to be rooted or unlock the bootloader on their phone. If you are already rooted, use Voodoo OTA RootKeeper to preserve your root access after updating to Android 4.0.4.

Step 1: Download the Android 4.0.4 update file from here. Rename it to ‘update.zip’ and, then transfer it to your Galaxy Nexus mass memory.

Step 2: Reboot your phone into recovery mode. To do so, switch off your Galaxy Nexus and re-insert the battery. Now, press the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power button simultaneously. You will now see an Android logo, with some options. Use the Volume Up/Down button to navigate to the the “Recovery Mode” option, and select it by using the Power button.

Step 3: Now, simply select the ‘Apply update.zip from the SD card’ option and your phone will automatically flash the Android 4.0.4 zip file.

Update: Sorry folks! I goofed up a bit. The stock recovery on Galaxy Nexus does not allow you to install zip files from SD card. To install this leaked Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update on their Galaxy Nexus, readers need to unlock the bootloader on their handset that would wipe their handset clean of all data.

Alternatively, they can simply Flash the CWM recovery using the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit, and then use CWM recovery to install the Android 4.0.4 update on their handset.

I once again apologize to our readers for the mistake, and will make sure this does not happen in the future.

If you still need any assitance, drop in a comment and I would be happy to help!

Author: Rajesh Pandey Google Profile for Rajesh Pandey
Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu or mail to him at rajesh@techie-buzz.com.

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