How To Trigger Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Update Now

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a year old and was the flagship phone of Google before the LG Nexus 4 was revealed. However despite it being aged, Google have not pushed the device to one side and you can get the Android Jelly Bean 4.2 update for the device now.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 update

Of course Google wanted to get the Nexus 4 out first as this has the OS pre-installed. With this done it didn’t take Google long to release the update to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus handset. There are new features with the update, including quick settings. This allows users to access a fast typing/swiping keyboard. There is also the Photo Sphere, which means that users are able to take multiple photos and then put them into one large image.

The update to 4.2 is limited as OTA right now and this means that only some people are able to get it. However someone has posted the secret location of the file, which means that everyone has access to it.

With the Samsung Galaxy Nexus things are not as simple as updating the device OTA as with the Nexus One. So here is what you will have to do if you want to upgrade.

  • Download the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit
  • Install the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit, and then choose (1) to install the driver
  • Reboot your PC
  • Download the OTA file and put it into your phone’s virtual SD card
  • Put your phone into “fastboot” mode by pressing Vol up and down simultaneously, then press power
  • Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable–Windows will then automatically install the drivers preinstalled in step 2
  • Run the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit
  • Choose to temporarily flash Clockwork Mod as the bootloader (option 10)
  • Your phone will reboot under Clockwork Mod–choose to update the OS via the OTA update file
  • Use Clockwork Mod to clear the cache
  • Reboot and you’re done.

While the Nexus handsets are the first to get updates, if you want to jump the queue, updating isn’t simple. Also bear in mind that you should make a backup of your Samsung Galaxy Nexus before you update, just as a precaution.

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