within the last 24 hours Google released the latest version of the Android, Jelly Bean 4.2.2 to a wide range of their Nexus handsets. Well in fact all but one of them and this happens to be the Galaxy Nexus. This means that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is now four updates behind the other handsets.
Perhaps the handset should now just be called the Samsung Galaxy as the Nexus part doesn’t seem to mean anything. The Nexus with Sprint has Jelly Bean 4.2.1 while the Nexus Galaxy is four updates behind. The Nexus 4,7 and 10, along with the GMS Galaxy Nexus will all get Jelly Bean 4.2.2 today and this will bring many changes along with bug fixes.
However Verizon are way behind when you take into account that this is a Nexus handset, or is it? The majority of regular Samsung Galaxy S3 devices have 4.1.2, which happens to be a later version than what is on the Verizon Nexus. In June 2012 at the Google I/O Jelly Bean 4.1 was revealed. Just a couple of weeks later the HSPA+version had it, along with the XOOM tablet. Verizon still didn’t offer it. The Verizon G Nex got the update 3 months following its announcement and two months later than anyone else.
Verizon customers didn’t get it until September and we are now on Jelly Bean 4.2.2. Since Verizon made the update to 4.1.1 for the Galaxy Nexus, we have seen the arrival of 4.1.2, and the latest Jelly Bean 4.2, which is packed with features. This includes gesture typing, Photo Sphere, notifications that are expandable and a faster Google Now. Of course with 4.2.1 and 4.2.2 there is the new unlock screen with widgets, shortcuts and much more.
So therefore Google have released an OS with many new features and consumers with the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon don’t have them. The last update was in September and this was to Jelly Bean 4.1.1 and since this time there has not been any word on another update coming our way.
We can only hope that Google and Verizon are onto something but don’t hold your breath. We know now why the Nexus 4 wasn’t tied down to a specific carrier and there is very good reason for that. For now it has been down to the Android community and the developers to keep the Verizon Nexus alive and thankfully they will continue to do so.