Verizon’s Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update To Be Available “Soon”

Back in early May, Google and Verizon had started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for some of its business customers. Now, nearly a month after the initial roll-out, Verizon has updated its support document pages to reflect the roll-out the Android 4.0.4 update for the “general” users will begin “soon”.

The Android 4.0.4 update for the Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus will bring with it tons of bug fixes, improved performance and stability and a new radio to fix the poor 4G network reception and data drop issue that some users are facing. Below is the full change-log of the update -:

Email, Messaging & Data

  • Email messages will display properly when the text size is set to large.
  • When sending a multimedia message to an Outlook email address, the file extension will send, allowing the recipient to successfully open an image.
  • Successfully deleted emails on the device will be deleted from the desktop as well.
  • Successfully send text messages without experiencing network connectivity issues.
  • When viewing a Calendar reminder or appointment, you will now be able to view the full notes associated with the appointment.
  • A down arrow has been added in the Calendar application that will expand the calendar message body, allowing you to view the entire message.
Device Features
  • Successfully turn on Wi-Fi using the Power Control widget.
  • Updates have been made to prevent the display from freezing or becoming unresponsive.
  • Complete calls without experiencing choppy audio, clicking noises and one-way audio noises.
  • Successfully access Voicemail and other automated systems without error.
The update is not yet live, but Verizon representatives state that the update should go live “soon”. The Android 4.0.4 update will be first software update the handset will receive in nearly six months after its release. So much for being a Nexus handset, eh?

Review: SGP Ultra and Neo Hybrid Cases For Galaxy Nexus

Over the last couple of years, I have owned a lot of Android smartphones right from the popular Galaxy S to the keyboard-touting Desire Z, the almighty Galaxy S2, and more recently a Galaxy Nexus. If you think I change my phone at my will, you are wrong. The reason every time I had to replace my existing phone was because I somehow managed to break it. In fact, except for the Galaxy S and the Desire Z, I have managed to break each and every mobile phone I have owned, including some Sony and Nokia handsets.

My method of killing my phone, totally unintentionally, has varied from a fall in a bucket of water to simply dropping them on a concrete floor from nearly 6 feet high. Every time I used to break my phone, I used to promise myself that whichever phone I buy next, I will use a case or cover so as to protect it from those 6 feet+ drops. I have used a lot of different cases and covers for all my handsets, but I have never used them for more than a week at a stretch. Reason? Some cases are thick, some just have a very poor in-hand feel, some are just made poorly and some don’t offer adequate protection. I have used cases and covers from a variety of companies including the official cases from Samsung, HTC and some from popular third party case makers like Case Mate.

The Case Mate Barely There case for the Galaxy S2 was really impressive, but did not offer adequate protection. So when I broke my Galaxy S2’s screen, and got a Galaxy Nexus, I was more or less sure I would be ordering a Case Mate cover for my Galaxy Nexus as well. That is until I found out about SPIGEN’s SGP Cases. I had never heard about them before, but quite a few users over at Galaxy Nexus sub-forum on XDA were raving about the SGP cases, which was more than enough for me to give them a try.

SGP cases for the Galaxy Nexus are available in two different series – Ultra Hybrid and Neo Hybrid. I got the review units of both the cases, and here is what I think about them.

Ultra Hybrid

The Ultra Hybrid line-up of cases for the Galaxy Nexus, and for other handsets, is made up of a combination of Polycarbonate resin back supported by a Poly-Urethane frame. In simple words, the frame has a hard rubber feel to it, while the back has a hard, quality plastic feel to it. Unlike quite a few cases out there, there is literally no raised ‘lip’ on the Ultra Hybrid cases for the Galaxy Nexus. The side lips are more or less in level with the phone, which is something users will start appreciating over time.

Unlike the Neo Hybrid, the Ultra Hybrid has a much better build quality and can be simply snapped on the back of a Galaxy Nexus. The Ultra Hybrid series come in some pretty bold colors, with the frame part being black in a majority of them. They don’t look as good as the Neo Hybrid though, but offer much better protection.


  • Superb build quality
  • No raised lip


  • Does not look as sleek or flashy as the Neo Hybrid

Neo Hybrid

The Neo Hybrid series of cases for the Galaxy Nexus is made up of two different materials. The body part of the case is made of high polymer coated silicone case, while the frame is made of UV coated polycarbonate frame. Unlike quite a few other popular cases, the SGP Neo Hybrid series provides proper protection for your handsets, while adding very little thickness. In fact, the Neo Hybrid case is probably one of the slimmest cases available out there, and yet it manages to provide proper protection to the device unlike Case Mate’s Barely There series.

The in-hand feel of the cover is pretty good and its build quality is also okay, though not as good as the Ultra Hybrid series. Getting the Galaxy Nexus to fit inside the cover is not as simple as snapping it on the back of a Nexus though. Installing it requires quite an effort, and I had to separate the frame part from the silicone case and install them separately.

Ever since I started using the cover on my Galaxy Nexus, each and every friend of mine who took the phone in his hand has appreciated the build quality of the case, its in-hand feel and even asked whether the company offers similar cases for their handsets. Like the Ultra Hybrid, the Neo Hybrid cases are also available in a range of colors including some bold ones like Yellow and Red, which offer a nice contrast to the black silicone part of the case.

There is one problem with the Neo Hybrid cases for the Galaxy Nexus though. The microUSB port opening on the Neo Hybrid is not wide enough to accomodate the whole microUSB charger supplied with the Galaxy Nexus, when inserted, so the charger does not fit properly. It is a loose fit, and a little bit of jerk is enough to disconnect the charger cable from the phone.


  • Looks sleek and flashy
  • Will definitely make your phone stand out from the crowd


  • Slightly raised lip
  • Installation is a bit tough
  • The microUSB cable does not connect to the phone properly

I would definitely recommend the SGP Neo Hybrid over the Ultra Hybrid just because the former looks flashy, and yet manages to provide adequate protection. However, if you want a no frill, simple looking case for your Galaxy Nexus that provides proper protection to your handset, the Ultra Hybrid case is the one you should buy. The SGP Ultra Hybrid case costs $21.99 and is available in five different colors, while the Neo Hybrid costs $24.99 and is also available in five different colors.

For our readers in India, we will soon be doing a give-away of the SGP Ultra and Neo Hybrid cases for the Galaxy Nexus, so stay tuned!

Sprint Rolls Out A Software Update To Fix Galaxy Nexus No Mobile Data Bug

Late last week, we reported that owners of the newly released Sprint Galaxy Nexus were facing mobile data connectivity issues with the handset. While calls and SMS work just fine, the handset would just refuse to connect to Sprint’s 3G network. One Sprint representative confirmed the bug and stated that Sprint will try to release the update by early next week.

Thankfully, Sprint has managed to stick to its word and has started rolling out the FD02 software update for the Galaxy Nexus, which fixes the mobile data not connecting bug along with several other minor bugs. Below is the small change-log of the update -:


  • Device not connecting to data services after activation
  • Device not displaying correct network time after activation
  • Google Wallet Update
Sprint aims at completing the roll-out of the software update in the next 1-2 days. Owners of Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus need to make sure that they are connected to a Wi-Fi network so that their handset can download the update. Hopefully, this update will fix the mobile data issues of Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus owners. Oh! and if you are wondering about the Android 4.0.4 update for the Sprint’s GNexus, then the handset runs on it right out of the box.

Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus Finally Gets The Android 4.0.4 Update

Back in October last year, Google and Samsung announced that the Galaxy Nexus will be coming to the United States and will remain exclusive to Verizon’s network for the first few months. This new definitely got a lot of Verizon customers happy as the big Red will finally sell a Nexus device that runs on stock Android.

Sadly, ever since the phone was released and a few minor updates were released by Google, people realized that the Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus is just another Android handset in the carrier’s range of handsets that don’t get timely Android updates. The Android 4.0.3 update never showed up for the Galaxy Nexus, and now nearly a month after the Android 4.0.4 update was released for the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus and a couple of other devices, Verizon has started rolling out the update for the GNexus under its network.

Considering the random reboot issue and other bugs present in Android 4.0.2, Verizon and Google should have rolled out the update ASAP, but the carrier took its own sweet time. The Android 4.0.4 update brings with it quite a lot of under the hood changes and bugfixes, including a fix for the random reboot issue, performance and stability improvements, faster auto-rotation and more. The update also contains a new radio which should improve the 4G LTE network reception and the 4G to 3G hand-off on the Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus.

Verizon is first rolling out the update for Galaxy Nexus owners on the corporate plan, and will roll out the update to other GNexus owners sometime from this week’s end.

Via – Droid-Life

Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus Having 3G Connectivity Issue; Fix On The Way

Back at CES, Sprint announced that it would soon be selling the Galaxy Nexus officially in the United States, and will be the second carrier after Verizon to do so. After a few months of complete silence, Sprint finally released the handset on April 18th for $199 along with a $50 credit in Google Wallet. The Galaxy Nexus sold pretty well, and was sold out within hours of its pre-order going live.

However, not all is rosy among Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus owners. Reports sugest that the Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Nexus is also suffering from network reception issue. The phone, apparently, has a very hard time connecting to the carrier’s 3G network.

The good news is that a Sprint’s community moderator has already confirmed that Sprint and Samsung are aware of the problem, and are working hard on rolling out a software update sometime next week. Below is the official statement -:

Sprint/Samsung are aware of this problem and will be releasing a software update to resolve the issue. Can’t commit to a date yet, but they are trying really hard to get it released early next week. Sorry for your troubles.

So yeah, if you own a Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus and are not able to connect to the carrier’s 3G network, just be a little patient for the software update to be available.

Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus Coming On April 22nd For $199

Back at CES in January 2012, Sprint sent out a press release announcing that it will soon be releasing the Galaxy Nexus under its network in the United States. However, the carrier did not announce the launch date or price of the handset.

Fast forward to three months later, and Sprint has today officially announced the release date and price of the Galaxy Nexus. The Sprint’s variant of the Galaxy Nexus will hit the carrier on 22nd April and will cost $199.99 on a two-year contract. For the unknown, the latest Nexus handset from Google packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor from OMAP, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 308MHz, a gig of RAM, and a beautiful Super AMOLED HD screen with 720p (1280*720) resolution. Other specs include a mediocre 5MP camera with Instant capture feature, 1080p video recording, NFC, and the usual bunch of connectivity features, and obviously the highlight of Galaxy Nexus, the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.

Unlike Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy Nexus, Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Nexus will also support the big G’s Google Wallet service. In fact, readers who buy and activate the Galaxy Nexus by 22nd May will get $50 of free credit in Google Wallet. The pre-orders for the handset begin from today itself.

Nokia Lumia 900 vs iPhone 4S vs Galaxy Nexus vs Galaxy S2 – How Does The Best Windows Phone Stack Up Against Its Competition?

The Lumia 900 is finally up for sale in the United States, and it has already sold out in quite a few online stores. The Lumia 900 is the biggest handset launch from Nokia in the recent years in the United States, and the handset will have a key role in determining the future on WP7 and the Nokia-MS partnership.

However, how does the Lumia 900 stack up against some of the best phones up for sale today including the iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S2? Read our comparison post below to find out!


The Galaxy Nexus has the biggest display among all these 4 handsets and comes with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with a whopping 720p screen, but has a PenTile display. The Galaxy S2 and Lumia 900 come with a 4.3-inch display with WVGA (480*800) resolution. While the Galaxy S2 uses a Super-AMOLED Plus display, the Lumia 900 has a (AMOLED) ClearBlack Display. The iPhone 4S has the smallest display among its competitors with a relatively small 3.5-inch IPS LCD display with 640*960 resolution. The iPhone 4S has the highest pixel density here with a Retina busting 326ppi, while the Galaxy Nexus comes in a second close with a ppi of 316. The Galaxy S2 and the Lumia 900 both have a disappointingly low ppi of 218.

The iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus both trump the Lumia 900 in terms of display quality as well as resolution, while the Lumia 900 manages to tie it with the Galaxy S2 display. However, considering the Lumia 900 is being released in 2012, and all of its competitors were launched in 2011, the former should have had packed in a higher resolution screen. Sadly, since Windows Phone does not support resolutions higher than WVGA, there is nothing much the OEMs can do about it, except for wait for Windows Phone 8.

Read: Galaxy S2 vs. Galaxy Nexus vs. iPhone 4S – Which is the best smartphone of 2011?

Processing Power

Except for the Lumia 900, the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S2 and the iPhone 4S, all have a dual-core processor. The A5 SoC used inside the iPhone 4S is an absolute beast and manages to trump every other mobile CPU + GPU combination easily. The Exynos SoC found inside the Galaxy S2 comes in second with two powerful Cortex-A9 cores running at 1.2GHz, along with an ARM Mali-400MP GPU. The Galaxy Nexus also packs in two 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 processor, and a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU, which struggles to keep up with the HD resolution on the handset.

A Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor clocked at 1.4GHz along with an Adreno 205 GPU powers the Lumia 900. While the OS on the handset itself runs very smooth, third party apps and browsing on the handset take a toll due to the limited CPU power.


The iPhone 4S, Galaxy S2 and the Lumia 900 pack in an 8MP camera with an LED flash, while the Galaxy Nexus houses a 5MP camera aided by an LED flash. The 8MP snapper on the iPhone 4S can take some absolutely stunning pictures, and is a clear winner here. The Galaxy S2 and the Lumia 900 come in a close second, with the former struggling in low-light conditions quite heavily. The Galaxy Nexus with its poor, but with Instant capture feature, 5MP cam does not even stand a chance.

While the Lumia 900 may have come second in the camera shoot-out, we should not forget that the Galaxy S2 was released nearly a year ago. The Galaxy S3 is just around the corner, and chances are it will trump the Lumia 900 in camera performance easily.


While the iPhone App Store has more than 450,000+ apps, there are roughly around 300,000 apps in the Google Play Store. In comparison to this, the Windows Phone Marketplace has around 70,000+ apps. Sadly, there is a very serious lack of quality applications in the WP Marketplace. There is still no official Dropbox client available for the OS, which might be a bummer for quite a few people out there. There are still no graphically intensive games available for the OS. Most developers still prefer to launch an iOS version of their app first, followed by an Android version.

However, most developers who have released a WP7 version of their app have been seriously impressed with the SDK tools available for the platform, and actually prefer coding apps for WP rather than Android. So hopefully it is just a matter of time, and possibly few more APIs from Microsoft, before we see some quality apps hit the Windows Phone marketplace.

P.S. – I can’t comment on the battery life of the handsets since I have not used them long enough. However, I am sure the iPhone 4S will be a clear winner here just because it has a smaller screen, and lacks support for LTE networks. Lumia 900 should provide users with the same battery life as the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Nexus, if not worse.

Also Read: Some must have apps for the Nokia Lumia 900 and 800

Android 4.0.4 Update For The Galaxy Nexus Brings Improved Performance And Camera Quality

After more than a month of delay, Google finally pushed the Android 4.0.4 update to the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus (GSM) and the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi variant. Along with this, the company also pushed the Android 4.0.4 to AOSP. The kernel sources are not yet pushed, but Android developer, JB, has promised to push it to AOSP as soon as possible. The factory images for Android 4.0.4 for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S also available for download. While there is no official change-log available for the Android 4.0.4 update, Jean states that there are more than a hundred minor fixes in this update.

I manually installed the Android 4.0.4 update on my Galaxy Nexus, and have noticed quite a few minor but welcome changes. Firstly, after installing the update the whole phone felt a lot snappier. The animations are also faster now, and the slow auto-rotation animation and the lag for the auto-rotation to kick-in have also been fixed.

According to the Galaxy Nexus users over at XDA forums, the update also improves the camera performance of the handset. Not only does the phone take better quality pictures with less noise, it focuses properly before capturing them. The update also contains a new radio, which improves the network reception depending on your location. One of the most important changes in the update is a much-improved auto-brightness. On Android 4.0.2/3, the auto-brightness extremely wonky! It would turn down the brightness to almost 0, and gave the whole screen a very blueish tint. Thankfully, this issue has been fixed in this update.

There are a lot of other bug fixes as well in the Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Nexus like the multi-touch bug, keyboard bug, the Android OS battery drain bug and more.


Carbon For Android Is One Slick Twitter Client

I have been an Android user for more than two years now. Before jumping on the Android bandwagon, I was an un-impressed Nokia 5800 user running S60v5. Ever since I switched to an Android phone, I have absolutely love the apps and power of the OS. However, one area where I have always been disappointed with Android is the lack of a good Android twitter client.

Yes, there are MANY twitter clients available in the Google Play market including Plume, Tweetcaster, the official Twitter client, Twicca and many more. However, all of them look very clunky, unpolished compared to Gravity on Symbian or any of the iOS twitter client. Due to the lack of options, I have been using Twicca since the last year or so just because it is the best among the worst.

Thankfully, after the release of Ice Cream Sandwich with its new Holo UI, and developers looking to create beautiful Android apps, it looks like we might finally get a decent Android Twitter client. Carbon for webOS was one of the most popular apps available for that platform, and the same developers have been working hard on Carbon for Android. After the last couple of months in development, the developers have released a video of Carbon for Android in action on a Galaxy Nexus. Below is the video -:

After seeing the video above, I was left speechless. Whenever Carbon for Android hits the Google Play Market, it will be without a doubt the BEST Twitter client for the OS. The app has a stunning UI, makes use of the Holo theme, and is filled with animations as well. Whenever Carbon for Android hits the Play market, it will be available for download only for all the Ice Cream Sandwich running handsets. The developers will take a look at porting the app to older versions of Gingerbread after releasing the final version for ICS handsets.

If you are developing an Android app, or already have developed one, take the above app as an example. The developer has cried about the Android’s poor SDK tools on Twitter, but still wanted to make sure that his app delivers a polished Twitter experience and has managed to do that successfully!

Smoked By Windows Phone Campaign Gets Smoked!

While Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS might not have managed to gain as much share the Redmond based company was hoping for, but its ‘Smoked By Windows Phone’ campaign definitely did! The ‘Smoked By Windows Phone’ campaign was initially kicked off by @BenThePCGuy at CES this year.

In the competition, Ben would pit his WP7 running phone against any other smartphone – BB, Android, or the iPhone – against any random task as chosen by the opponent. If the non-WP7 user would win, he would get $100 from Ben! If not, they would have to get a picture of themself clicked saying their current smartphone got smoked by Windows Phone. Our own Apple editor, Parth, managed to smoke Ben in uploading a photo on Twitter at the competition during CES.

In the last few years, the ‘Smoked By Windows Phone’ campaign was definitely one of the most interactive and unique advertisement campaigns from any company. However, today morning, the Smoked By Windows Phone campaign did exactly opposite of what it was supposed to do.

One Galaxy Nexus owner (Sahas), who took part in the ‘Hunger Games‘ themed Smoked By Windows Phone, won the competition but lost “Just Because”. Basically, Sahas managed to beat the Microsoft store employee by a split second, but he was refused the $1000 and the laptop because the Microsoft stores employees refused to accept that he won. Readers can find out more information about the controversial event here.

Thanks to all the negative media publicity, @BenThePCGuy himself decided to take things in his own had and gave Sahas the laptop that he won along with a free Windows Phone, and an apology email. While it is still unknown as to whether it was Sahas who was right or the Microsoft employees at the store, one thing is for sure. This negative publicity is definitely going to hurt the ‘Smoked By Windows Phone’ campaign from Microsoft!