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Again Here is the Good news For the Galaxy Nexus Users. A new update for the phone has somehow managed by the Developers at XDA and is now available for the public to download. It brings the phone up to version Android 4.0.4 and includes a whole bunch of  Bug fixes and improvements.

Changelog:

  • Phone runs much faster than the Previous Updates
  • Signal Strength Improved
  • Changed Power Menu
  • Faster Boot Time
  • Change in Auto brightness Functionality
  • Multitouch issue resolved
  • Fixes the battery stats bug
  • Improved radios for much better 3G/4G switching
  • Increased Volume
  • Keyboard fixes and a lot more

Surely Every Galaxy Nexus User want this Update as soon as Possible on their Phones.For Further Details Head over to the XDA-Developers forum for download links.


With the launch of Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE device with ICS 4.0, Now It’s time to unlock the boot loader so that you can then proceed to customize the phone the way you want it. Over a course of this article we will check on how you can unlock the boot loader. Please note that by unlocking the boot loader, the warranty will get void for which we should not be held responsible. Before proceeding, ensure that you have noted down on which exact firmware you are ON currently so that it will help you to restore the same if just in case anything happens to your device in an unlikely event. This will be very beneficial as only with the help of this we will be able to not only root the phone, install the custom recovery image but also one can easily install the custom ROMs which are available for this Galaxy nexus Phone.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of applying this procedure.

FAQ:

Q. Will I still get the Official OTA Updates after Unlocking Bootloader?
A. Most of the users have myth that after unlocking, the updates won’t be pushed but it’s not correct. The OTA updates will be available even if you unlock the boot loader. Only if you have updated your phone with different firmware version, you won’t be able to get the updates, the reason being is its unable to check the current firmware on which you are on.

 There are two Quick List of pre Requisistes which you need to follow so as to facilitate the smoother firmware update.

  • Backup all the data present in your phone memory so that the same can be restored back just in case if any data is lost or corrupted. Please don’t use PC Suites to back up the data as after unlocking he boot loader the Galaxy Nexus may / may not support the PC Suite.
  • Close / disable all the Antivirus, Firewall and PC suites like KIES in your computer or else these tools will interrupt the process of firmware update.

  • Before proceeding, install Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Drivers in your compute and ensure that you are on the computer which is having a minimum of Windows XP / Windows 7. After this, you also need to enable the USB debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging” as shown in the below screen capture.

  • Now, assuming that you have installed the ADB, place the fastboot.exe file in your SDK / Tools folder if it’s not here by default. If it’s not there, then you can download the fast boot and place the same.
  • Now, next up you need to connect the original USB cable which you got at the time of purchase and then head to the SDK / Tools folder in the ADB in your computer where adb.exe and fastboot.exe files are located.
  • Now press the “Shift” button, right click on the file to select “Open Command Window Here” after which you will see the image as shown below.
  • After this, type in the command as mentioned below after which your phone will be turning Off and then reboot the device in the Boot loader mode.

adb reboot bootloader


  • Now, all you need to do is to type the command,

fastboot oem unlock

  • After which you will be prompted on the screen as shown below on to whether you wanted to unlock the boot loader or not along with the policy as shown in the below screen capture.

  • Now, with the help of Volume keys, select the option of “Yes” and then press the Power button to select the same. After this, the boot loader will be unlocked successfully.

  • Please note that it may take longer boot time. So ensure that you wait for the same to get rebooted on its own. Just in case if the phone boots up in the loop mode, you need to clear the cache from the recovery mode. Just in a rare case, if the phone gets stuck in the middle of any above step, you need to repeat the whole procedure from the start.

So, after this, you will see that the device will be unlocked. Do let us know just in case if there is anything you would like to share with us in the comments section below. We will try our level best to ensure that all the issues are sorted out at the earliest.

Hot news is here, Google updates is Nexus range of handsets with an all new update for Verizon Powered Galaxy Nexus device in the form of 4.0.2 version of Ice Cream Sandwich. So, let’s quickly check out on how in the due course of this article to apply the update of Ice Cream Sandwich manually in your GSM international version of unlocked Galaxy Nexus phone.

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held responsible in any manner in whole or in parts if any damage is done to your device caused by updating the firmware which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions as mentioned in the article including the pre requisites and the procedure to update the phone.

DANGER: Please note that this process should not be applied by the users who are on Verizon Wireless.
Quick List Pre Requisites:

  • As mentioned above, you need to back up the data so that just in case if the data gets lost then you can restore the same back.
  • You should be familiar with the fast boot, installation of ADB in your Phone and also along with these you also need to ensure that the Boot loader of Galaxy Nexus is unlocked.

So, let’s head to the instructions on how to apply the update in your GSM version of Galaxy nexus.
Procedure to Update Galaxy Nexus GSM version with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.2:

  • Download the appropriate factory ICS Image from Google’s Official Page in your computer.
  • After this, ensure that you have enabled the USB Debugging in your phone from the path Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging as shown in the below image. Also, if at all there are any Antivirus suites installed in your phone then remove or disable the same.

  • After this, you need to turn Off your phone so as to boot the phone in the fast boot mode. The fast boot mode can be entered by “Holding Volume Up key + Volume Down Key + Power Key” which will open up the Administrator command prompt in your fast boot directory.
  • After this, connect your phone to the computer and open the command prompt to enter the below mentioned commands in the fast boot mode.

fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-maguro-primekk15.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
(Wait till the Boot loader is Rebooted)
fastboot flash radio radio-maguro-i9250xxkk6.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
(Wait till the Boot loader is Rebooted)
fastboot update image-yakju-icl53f.zip

So, that’s it as soon as you enter all the commands which are mentioned above, the device will be updated successfully with the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich.

The latest of the pure Google phone, Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich is mostly available in all parts of the world. Google has started rolling out the update to Android 4.0.2 to their existing Galaxy Nexus GSM  consumers.



This update to Android 4.0.2 is available on the Air i.e, via direct download from their mobile phone. This update is of 8.8 Mb file size. For the users who are on 4.0.1 Android version will automatically get notified for the update. For those users who didn’t get notified about this update they can check whether this update is available by going through Menu > Settings > About Phone and then selecting the Software update. The carrier will directly display if there is an update available and by following the on screen instruction you can update it within 10 minutes of time.
What included in Android 4.0.2 update?
As of now Google representative didn’t comment on the enhancements and improvement included in this update but its pretty sure that, like other updates this fixes important bugs. So its important for the Galaxy Nexus GSM handset owner to update their phone. No reports whether this update is available for carrier based contract phones.
If you are the proud owner of the first phone with Ice Cream Sandwich then do let us know if you were able to update your phone with this Android 4.0.2 update. Readers can also comment what bug does it fixes and still what errors that you are facing on your phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Posted: January 11, 2012 in Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the world’s first phone to run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and comes with a plethora of top end tech, including a huge but still massively high resolution screen.
There are some gadgets in geek-world that are announced and we just cannot wait to touch. Nokia’s N95, the original iPhone, the T-Mobile G1 and Palm’s first Pre. And the Galaxy Nexus fits firmly in that category.
The big selling point here is not so much the handset – it’s what powers the Galaxy Nexus. Google has redrawn its Android OS in probably the biggest overhaul since it launched exactly three years ago.
Ice Cream Sandwich fuses together last year’s Gingerbread OS for phones and Honeycomb for tablets and gives us a whole new, futuristic Android device to get to grips with.
Samsung galaxy nexus review
On top of that, the specs include a fantastic Super AMOLED HD screen, Dual-Core 1.2GHz processor, HSDPA, 5MP camera and NFC support, to name a few.
The Nexus itself is fairly big. With dimensions of 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9mm, it’s marginally bigger than Samsung’s other flagship handset, the Galaxy S2. It’s also a little bit heavier at 135g compared to the latter’s 116g. Not that it feels larger although you can tell you are not using an iPhone 4S.
Samsung galaxy nexus review
The front is probably as minimalist as you can get. All black with no buttons at all (we’ll explain more in the interface section about that.)
Samsung galaxy nexus review
In fact, all you have on the front is the screen, front facing camera and the brightness sensor plus a cheeky little light beneath the screen that you don’t even know exists until you get an email and it begins to pulsate.
The sides are fairly unremarkable with power/standby on the right, volume on the left along with three charging pins (for a dock accessory), nothing up top and the bottom housing the charge/sync socket and headphone jack.
The whole handset has a curved shape we last encountered on the Galaxy S but it’s not too severe.
Samsung galaxy nexus review
The rear takes its design cues from the S2 with a snap on cover that feels slightly coarse to give a good grip. It has both Google and Samsung branding on.
You won’t find an SD slot on the outside. Or indeed, the inside. Ridiculously, this – the flagship Google handset which is so set up as a media device – has been crippled by having NO expandable memory. Words fail us. And they may fail you when you realise that 16GB internal storage is your lot.
Samsung galaxy nexus review
But the screen, when lit up, looks fantastic. Its 4.65-inches with a resolution of 720 x 1280, giving a ppi of 316. It really is super sharp. We would have expected nothing less with Samsung’s mobile displays among the best out there but it’s cracking for internet and video.
There is no doubt about it – this is a premium handset and is up there with the iPhone 4S and Nokia Lumia 800 in terms of marketing position.
Samsung galaxy nexus review
If you want one, you’ll have to spend the cash and commit to upwards of £41 a month to bag a handset with no upfront charge. Sim-free will set you back around £520 though at the time of writing, the launch of unsubsidised models had been pushed back until the start of December.