It's been a long, long time coming, but the official Android 4.2 update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is here. The black sheep of the Nexus family has waited for four months to get updated to the latest release, and while Verizon is currently testing the software for a probable release later this week or month, you don't have to wait that long. Long-time Android tipster WinDroidGuy got his hot hands on the update ZIP package, and eager users can download it right now.

The 4.2.2 JDQ39 package is an update, not a standalone image, so in order to run it you'll need to be using the official Android 4.1.1 build JRO03O (you know, the one that was released to AOSP four updates ago). If you're one of the many, many Verizon users on custom ROMs, including AOSP-based ROMs, you'll have to first install the older version. You can then flash the new ZIP file via a custom recovery like ClockworkMod or by using the more technical ADB sideload method with a PC.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4.2.2 JDQ39 - Thanks, WinDroidGuy!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • enomele

    At least it's 4.2.2. I mean if they are going to pull this on the users at least it's not 4.1.2 or 4.2.1.

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


  • docnok
    • Steve Green

      Those show 4.1.1 as the latest factory image for toro.

      • docnok

        That's because 4.1.1 is the latest official for toro (hence why this article says Verizon is four builds behind officially.) Google won't update the site until this release or another is released by Verizon. This is a leak.

  • Yeh Zheng Tan

    My Singapore Galaxy Nexus is still at 4.1.1! Singapore Galaxy Nexus is the real black sheep!

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

      Why not just flash yakju or takju? Isn't it GSM?

      • Yeh Zheng Tan

        I've never unlock it's bootloader and from what I know, unlocking it will reset the device. That's my main concern. On a side note, isn't the Nexus line best for it's speed of getting update? My device was not bought from some carrier and I've no idea who is preventing me from getting the OTA. Anyway, just some grumbling. I'm still very satisfied. lol.

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

          Yeah, you'd need to unlock to flash and lose your data, but it's worth doing. Are you using pure yakju or takju? In that case, you wouldn't need to unlock to flash official OTAs.

        • TY

          Take a look at this.
          Rooting without unlocking bootloader:

          By the way, non-yakju/takju GNexes' updates are handled by Samsung, which is why they get updates much slower.

        • moelsen8

          couldn't you just do an adb backup and restore so you don't lose your data?

  • Luke Angus

    Unlocked, rooted, stock 4.1.1. So, to ask the nube question, do I need to do a wipe on all the caches when installing this and wipe the device, or will this update keep all data and install over the top like an OTA update should?

  • Gary Wilkinson

    To be fair at least they waited until 4.2 was stable.

  • http://www.alpinezone.com/ Nick Reuter

    Does anyone have the older android gallery 4.1.1 apk? I tried installing this and the install fails because i had manually upgraded by my camera to the 4.2 GalleryGoogle

  • Elias

    Captain Obvious here. Just wanted to tell you guys that CDMA is dumb, bad and should die.

    • svchost

      CDMA is actually a superior technology to GSM, it just isn't as widely adopted.

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

        doesnt matter since LTE is replacing it entirely

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

    I'm going to assume that because it's the same build as the other Galaxy Nexus it still has the bluetooth and car home issues. If I'm wrong could someone let me know.

  • crankerchick

    To be fair, isn't it the first Verizon device to get 4.2? I mean yes it sucks, but it still bests other verizon devices That should count for something.

  • Petio Petkov

    Just found the new radios 4.2.2

  • madmike318

    keep getting all kinds of errors. im on the previously leaked 4.1.1

    • mulderjoe

      I am as well. Anyone found a way around this?

  • simon

    Tried to install it with Windows xp . What a nightmare. Can't get the drives right

  • svchost

    As with anything Verizon, don't expect to get this update until a few months after the leak.


    Can anyone who did the early leak of 4.1.1 (The one that came out about a month or so before the official OTA. On this one you had to first Unlock the phone and at a custom recovery) get this leak to work? I have tried every combination of ADB or load from SD. Using GNex tool kit, Fastboot and Wugs. Every attempt results in the same exact error = Assert failed: apply_Patch_check ("/system/build.prop", "17a2ec846833d952fd21c0ab609c5b4aa31db39f", "54d20f79faf9be3db5b7da6d9c1e70e26528129d") E: Error in /sdcard/5939ff985946. signed-mysod-JDQ39-from-JRO03O.5939FF98.ZIP (STATUS 7) Installation Aborted. Any ideas?

  • dendog57

    Thanks for the update package. My Gnex is finally on 4.2.2. Much appreciated.

  • Kell

    So will I lose my data or no, by doing this?

  • Dr. E.

    AAAAHHHH!!! What did they do! I had the Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 build pushed on me this morning and it sucks! The Clock sucks, the displayed has weird side bars that flash in and go away doing nothing. Have not used it enough to see if it actually fixed anything but it seems pretty buggy!