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Looks like the incremental updates for Android 4.0 are rolling along nicely at this point - the VZW Galaxy Nexus received the update to Android 4.0.2 yesterday, and now Google has announced version 4.0.3. As you may expect, it crushes many bugs that have been found in current builds, along with throwing some optimizations into the mix.

This update will also bring some new goodies to the table for developers in the form of new APIs:

  • Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each. This new API lets apps show users what the people they know are doing or saying, in addition to their photos and contact information.

  • Calendar provider enhancements. Apps can now add color to events, for easier tracking, and new attendee types and states are now available.

  • New camera capabilities. Apps can now check and manage video stabilization and use QVGA resolution profiles where needed.

  • Accessibility refinements. Improved content access for screen readers and new status and error reporting for text-to-speech engines.

  • Incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more.

Version 4.0.3 should begin rolling out to all ICS devices within the coming weeks. Hooray for updates!

[Android Developer's Blog]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • hldc1

    Glad I went back to the Nexus. Loving the Galaxy Nexus, even with it's horrendous battery life. Then again, that might be my fault. I can't get enough of ICS.

    • Lorenzo in a Benzo

      Battery has been much better than my Bionic and Razr, I got no complaints, no 4G phone is great with battery. Not the phone manufacturers fault, we need new battery technology!

      • Nexuz-Uno

        Even the unlocked GSM version doesn't have great battery.

        Edit: Still worth getting the phone.

  • zach

    i am so glad these updates are coming straight from Google instead of Verizon. This is going to be awesome. I'll be seeing my Nexus Monday morning in the mail.

    • tictac

      Getting a full day on my battery for galaxy nexus gsm....with wifi on always and sometimes gps on i forget to turn off gps.. Love the new update. I get up around 7 am and i get battery till about midnight.

  • DFT

    Yay! ...but I'd be quite happy with any Android 4 on my Nexus S - c'mon Google ...share the wealth!

  • Dei

    The only problem I have with my Nexus is that it seems bitchy about switching orientation - it doesn't do it at all on the homescreen (ICS quirk?) and I struggle to get it to do it for text messaging. Bout it.

    • dward2828

      ICS launcher has no screen rotation. I use the Modaco rom, which enables launcher screen rotation and makes general portrait to landscape switching almost instant. Oh, and it has an OC/UV kernal, so you can get 1.4 per core and better battery life :-) Check it out!

  • JFresh

    AAAARGH, no hooray for updates on the Nexus S. We want some ICS too!

    Even some phone producers have released official beta's now. C'mon google, the longer the wait, the smaller the advantage of having a Nexus series phone!

    • Randy

      You spoke too soon. @googlenexus just tweeted that they're rolling it out over the next month, starting today.

      • JFresh

        I saw it! I'm in tears! :D :D

        From now on 500 update checks per day!

        • Tarek

          same i rebooted my nexus s expecting to get the glorious update but i didn't :( and i would rather wait for the update than flash manually

  • Devin

    Any updates to make the screen less grainy and stop the burnin????

  • http://www.thenextios.co.nr Hal Motley

    I am looking forward to when CyanogenMod 9 has Android 4.0.3!