Thursday, March 7, 2013

Only 4 months to catch up...

OK, so to be fair, Verizon caught up and jumped back to the front line where we should be. However, that doesn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside about Verizon's ridiculous update delays. Verizon's Galaxy Nexus never saw the 4.2 update that its GSM cousins received back in November/December and chugged along on 4.1 for almost 4 months. 4.2.2 rolled out on February 11th putting us even further behind (3 updates, though 4.2.1 was just a bug fix). I was shocked to see the 4.2.2 "soak test" start to roll out after only 19 days, and I had the leak installed on March 5th. One can only hope the general roll out isn't too far behind.

If you are running stock 4.1.1 build JRO030 you can update to 4.2.2 now using either clockworkrecovery (if you are rooted) or using ADB (if you are unrooted). Directions can be found on Droid-Life and the update can be downloaded HERE. Note that this is an UPDATE not a full 4.2.2 build so you have to be running stock 4.1.1 to install it.

Based on the ICS and JB leak timelines, barring any issues with 4.2.2 I would expect the general rollout to commence somewhere between March 25th and April 1st. 


Just for future reference, I often find myself revisiting this timeline to try to figure out when Verizon's update for my Galaxy Nexus will occur.

4.0.4: ICS update
4.0.4 was pushed by google (GSM) around March 30th.
4.0.4 was soak tested by Verizon on May 1st.
4.0.4 was pushed by Verizon around May 31-June 1

So, right on 60 days to 4.0.4

4.1: Jellybean

Google began updating their GSM Nexus to Jelly Bean (4.1) on July 10th.
Verizon's soak test started on August 29, 2012.

An early leak was posted online in the first week of September. (I installed on 9/5)
The full update was rolled out 9/21

So about 73 days to Jelly Bean 4.1.

4.2: JB update
The 4.2 update began rolling out on November 13, 2012 to the Domestic GSM variant "takju". 
4.2.1 was pushed out with a bug fix on November 27, 2012.
The Sprint CDMA variant started updating on January 30th, 2013
Verizon NEVER saw 4.2 or 4.2.1

4.2.2: JB update
4.2.2 was released on February 11, 2012
4.2.2 hits Verizon testers on March 2, 2013 (only 19 days! That has to be a record)
On March 4, 2013 a leaked version was posted online. (I installed it on 3/5)