Last Updated: March 3rd, 2013

In the pantheon of devices bearing the name Nexus, there is one obvious black sheep. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus never really got the update love that GSM Nexus devices have, and there was that whole Google Wallet debacle. While the updates haven't been flowing quite like owners had hoped, a version of Android 4.2.2 is now rolling out to Verizon testers. It may only be a matter of time before the update is official.

The JDQ39 build of Jelly Bean brings updated radios to the Verizon Gnex, which it definitely needs. The new version will also include all the 4.2 goodies like quick settings, lock screen widgets, and photospheres. JDQ39 is the build number for all other Nexus devices on 4.2.2 – it's just taken Verizon this much longer to reach the testing phase, apparently.


The binaries for the Verizon flavor of the device are up on the Google developer site, so all the pieces appear to be in place. None of this guarantee Verizon is set to push the update to all users, though. The carrier has delayed OTAs in the past after testing revealed bugs. If you're hoping for an unofficial update, hold your horses. The community is searching for the OTA link or a copy of the actual file, but no luck so far.

[XDA, XDA 2, XDA 3, Google Developers, via Droid Forums and Random Phantasmagoria; Thanks, Joel]

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  • sahilm

    The update itself isn't as exciting as the new radios.

    Is there any word if they're improved in anyway?

    • RyanWhitwam

      The guy that posted the screen said they were working well, but that's just anecdotal.

    • ShawnLaverty

      what do improved raios do for the device? What difference will i notice?

  • JordanMcRae

    New record!

  • azholio

    I'm running fitsnuggly's AOKP builds on my VGNex. The build number is the same JDQ39. I'm thinking I don't have these "new" radios. Can anyone confirm? My radios say 1515.10 V.FF02 / 1515.FG02

    * Edit Oops, I see the updates in the screen shot now. Those are new radios.

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

      AOKP is built off AOSP, and only Verizon would provide new radios, not anyone else.

  • Hans J

    So Verizon will have passed Sprint with having the latest Android version.

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

      That is sort of like saying that Huawei had passed Sony for having an exciting Android phone. Even if it is true, that is still a race to not be in last place.

  • Magnus100

    About freaking time!

  • Scott

    The Verizon gnex will never work right. Every update everybody says it needs new radios and after every update they say it fixes everything and repeat. The phone's reception just plain sucks.

    • Disqus Sucks

      I've never had problems with reception on mine. All up and down the west coast. Maybe I have an anomaly.

      • John

        Nope. Never had any issues here either (southeast area)

      • nahbro25

        Same here in the mid-Atlantic. I have never experienced this "bad" reception everyone goes on and on about. Guess I too was lucky and got the only other one that works.

    • Paul Kopalek

      welcome to any Samsung cdma smart phone.. same with fascinate and s3 etc. their antennas are shitty. it's why I haven't bought a Samsung again in years.

      • fixxmyhead

        So how come the GSM models don't suffer the same issue?it's not the antenna it's the garbage cdma tech that has issues

    • http://twitter.com/chriscardinal Chris Cardinal

      I had some big problems early on, especially with the 4G/3G hand-off, and the switchover from Wifi, but they've been fixed since... 4.1 at least. No problems now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.schofield.14 Joshua Schofield

      The most common problem that I have found is the gnex on sprint... and thats because there network suck in most of the country. I have never had any problems at all with Verizon. I use to be on sprint and it was horrible. Didnt matter what phone I had.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tyler.James.Kirwan Tyler Kirwan

    Congrats Nexus owners! Your patience has paid off. http://www.androidappsforwork.com

  • y5

    Great news, that means Android 5 will be released to GSM phones any day now! =)

  • Aaron Berlin

    Maybe VZ was just opposed to pushing out an update with broken bluetooth? It's hard for me to blame them! I assumed when the update came, it would be 4.2.1, so this is a pleasant surprise, if true!

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      I've already downgraded from CyanogenMod 10.1 on my VGNex back to stock then to Cyanogen 10 again because of the bluetooth issue. It's a pretty decent oversight that Google broke car home and bluetooth to begin with. I guess no one out there in Mountain View drives a car. :-

      • http://www.facebook.com/bgetchel Brian Getchel

        They have cars that drive themselves, so it's not necessary

  • @dongiuj

    When will galaxy s3alpha get 4.2 update?

  • Rob

    Long delays in updates is just another reason why I'll never go with Verizon. Even if they actually HAD coverage in my area; delays of this nature are just unacceptable. That's why I root and apply custom ROMs like CyanogenMod.

  • zeng haiyan

    The Verizon gnex will never work right. Every update everybody says it
    needs new radios and after every update they say it fixes everything and
    repeat. The phone's reception just plain sucks.



  • ShawnLaverty

    Novice here, what will new radios bring to my device?