Sure, we're only a few hours away from the Nexus 4 and 10 launches, but that doesn't mean we can't have a software update or two while we're waiting. Some users on Google+ and Twitter are reporting that the Galaxy Nexus is receiving an update to Android 4.2 as we speak. Of course, if you're on a Sprint or Verizon device, you will probably be exempt right now, but if you see your miracle upgrade, speak up!

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The new software brings Photosphere support, Gesture Typing (don't call it Swype), Gmail 4.2 with pinch-to-zoom, lockscreen widgets, notification quick settings, and more. Unfortunately, as we all know multiple users still won't be part of the update, but then, do you really need it on your phone?

Update #1: Those with Takju Galaxy Nexus handsets can go ahead and download the update manually here.

Update #2: Here are some screenshots showing the new quick settings pull-down (use two fingers or the button at top right of the notification area to access it) as well as the new lockscreen widgets. The camera is now only a swipe to the right - no unlocking required:

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Source: Google+, Twitter (1), (2)

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • James Jun

    "Unfortunately, as we all know multiple users still won't be part of the update, but then, do you really need it on your phone?"

    Well, a guest mode would have been nice to stop your friends or kids to poke into your calls or messages or any private apps that you would like hidden.

    • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

      I'm sure we'll get a mod to enable that though. Kinda sucks though, I was hoping to stick with stock Android this time around.

    • http://twitter.com/polishfreak chris

      "kids to poke into your calls or messages or any private apps that you would like hidden." - Did you mean porn!

    • Zeh Fernando

      The phone version doesn't support multiple accounts.

  • The_Chlero

    Can anyone getting this update, confirm if the 4.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus bring that new camera app?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      The screenshots mention it brings Photosphere support. I would imagine other changes to the camera app are part of the update as well.

  • Greyhame

    Can't wait til it hits the N7!

  • moelsen8

    yes, multiple user accounts should be on phones. i'd love to have at least a "guest mode" with privacy/security restrictions for when people want to check out the phone or look up something, or when you hand it to your kids.

    • why

      That's incredibly idiotic.

      • linxchaos

        It really isn't. Why do you think there are so many privacy apps in the Play Store?

        Just because you don't see the point in it for you, doesn't mean it's idiotic.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        i dont know why people hand their little kids their expensive phones
        then get all upset when it is broken later

        • Jared Meyering

          You don't have kids do you? Because this just makes me smile.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            Heh, you're not wrong...but neither is he...

            It's true, it is the parent's fault if they hand a kid their expensive (and fairly fragile, AND very important) device to play with. This is why the marginally more rugged and cheaper Gameboy line exists. If the kid somehow hates Nintendo, there's always Sony's mobile gaming device of the year. As a bonus, battery life of the phone is conserved, there's no danger the kid accidentally calls your old college girlfriend who's number is still in your phone, and they aren't going to delete all of your email.

      • FrillArtist

        You're the one that is incredibly idiotic.

    • Winston Crofford

      I use apex launcher and it lets u hide ur apps from ur app drawer. Then I set gestures to open certain apps i have hidden

  • Sam Rajendra

    When you say GSM Galaxy Nexus, do you mean takju or yakju? I'm here with my yakju frantically hitting the 'Check for Update' button!

    • http://twitter.com/ixYi Adnan

      I believe its currently rolling out on takju. My friend has takju build GN and I have yakju. He got the update already and I am still waiting.

      • tj

        So when do you expect yakju to get the update?

      • scuttlefield

        If I remember correctly, takju got the 4.1 update slightly ahead of yakju. Would make sense that this would be the same.

      • Ivon Liu

        So if I flashed takju right now, I'd get the OTA?

        • http://profiles.google.com/tills13 Tyler Sebastian

          Doesn't work like that... sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tirogerl Roger Lefort

    Nothing for me. I'm still debating whether or not to get the Nexus 4.

  • scuttlefield

    Any indication if this is yakju, takju, or both?

  • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

    I'm expecting a flashable ROM with root within three hours.

    • Ivon Liu

      Since I'm not on stock and therefore won't receive OTAs, I seriously hope for this.

      • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

        ^ very much this.

  • Anthony

    That's two updates since I've owned my GS3. I wonder how many more until I see the first one?

    • mechapathy

      If you bought your GS3 for updates, you got the wrong phone.

    • Dalbir_Singh

      Flash a ROM.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

    I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, ahem. More like 4.2 on my GS3... I may as well be a present less orphan.

  • Isira

    Fingers crossed!

  • itsgonnalast

    Damn you Verizon!

    • fixxmyhead

      Lol this is very funny when our stoned. I can feel ur anger in it

  • Jsn

    Can anyone capture this update so we can port it to roms?

  • Dave Molina

    this would be so awesome! can't wait for it to come to mine! :D

  • Scott

    I hope the gesture keyboard works better in this release than it does in the .apk I downloaded a few weeks ago. I don't feel like it's anywhere near as accurate as Swype.

    • linxchaos

      Agreed, but I don't like having to deal with Swype's unnecessary update interface, so I'm keeping the 4.2 keyboard.

      • Scott

        I rarely updated Swype because it was always very stable and accurate for me, even with older versions. I'm dying to update the stock gesture keyboard.

        • mgamerz

          I find the current APK is decent enough. Typing passwords on skype was a horrible pain. This still acts like the normal keyboard (which is pretty darn good), but has a decent enough swype-type when my thumb gets lazy.

          • Scott

            Well I got the new 4.2 gesture keyboard in the Play Store a few days ago and it does seem to be a bit better than the original apk that was out a few weeks ago. I still don't think it's as forgiving as Swype but it's not too bad

  • mechapathy

    It's okay, I'll just take my toro and go cry in the corner.

  • Laborin_HK

    Yes please!

    Would like the widget lockscreen most! (and hope that 3rd party apps slowly use this functionality)

    HDR in the camera app, it's missing in the leaked apps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cole.mickens Cole Mickens

    "but then, do you really need it on your phone?"

    Who would write such a silly question? :)

  • flight13

    Just got the update on my nexus and playing with photo sphere, pretty cool!

    • osm0sis

      And you didn't grab the OTA url?

      • flight13

        I didn't force the update. It had already downloaded and wanted to reboot. So far the new keyboard has been very accurate.

    • kool_dude

      Is your nexus on yakju or takju ?

      • flight13

        Takju. But my other nexus that i purchased at the same time still can't get the update.

  • Garumike

    What's the word on miracast??? I see reports that the Nexus 10 will support it and others that it will not. Someone have a final word?

    • bozzykid

      The Galaxy Nexus chipset isn't supported.

      • mac

        Boo. Where did you hear that?

  • mgamerz

    Get me a rooted image ASAP Eric.

  • Jomar Romero

    must.... have... this.... wonder...ful.... update....

  • Jomar Romero

    waiting for Nexus 7 roll out

  • Jerry Tran

    takju or yakju????

  • Jerry Tran

    is there a way to force check or force update for ota???
    because i got both takju and yakju version on 2 of my galaxy nexus??

  • BrianLipp

    now just release it to AOSP so the ROMers can get their hands on it!

  • Adam Fitton

    How does Google stage the rollout? Any ideas?

    • http://jeremyperez.com Jeremy

      It's Google. It's handled by either some advanced algorithm or some humorously coded script that make software engineers laugh.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Seriously, based on all of the comments with people asking about Takju and Yakju, I'm really hoping that the Nexus 4 doesn't get screwed up with multiple variants of software ROMs like this.

  • http://twitter.com/rsaka10 Fugmedia

    Need I back to stock ROM to get the update? Now I'm in cm10 m2

    • blunden

      Yes, as always you need to be on stock. CM will be updated when the source has been released and we have had a chance to merge it all.

  • http://jeremyperez.com Jeremy

    While everyone is occupied with this system update. I'll be buying my Nexus 4 before they sell out. I'll have a much better chance with everyone being distracted by GNex on 4.2.

  • http://www.afzaln.com/ CuriousCursor
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


      • http://www.afzaln.com/ CuriousCursor

        My Galaxy Nexus has become slow!!! >_<

  • http://twitter.com/Alankrut Alankrut Patel
    • blunden

      Yes, that's it if coming from a takju 4.1.2 build.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Yakju update link anyone?

  • http://www.afzaln.com/ CuriousCursor

    My browser patch is finally in there!! Stock Browser > Close other tabs!

    Man I'm exploding with happiness!

  • maria90

    The update wipe everything from interna memory,like photo and video?

    • no


  • renhoelder

    Still no 4.2 update love for Yakju :(

  • Cazacu Vasile

    Just update the phone with google takju image from google sites and follow the above steps and voila u have 4.2

  • CoffeeZombie

    Dang...I've got a takju Nexus...but still am not seeing the OTA update. :-(

  • Gary.h

    Gary.h.........Gnex on yakju 4.1.2 is now on takju 4.2. Factory IMG. At present everything works o.k.......UK

  • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

    I guess the roll-out must be in full swing now, because I always get OTAs on the last day of roll-outs... Just got my update on a GSM Galaxy Nexus (takju). Nothing on my Nexus 7 yet.

  • ias

    I got the ota... :D

  • system60

    Still nothing