This is a big day for Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners on Verizon, as the big red carrier just announced that the device's Android 4.2.2 update will begin rolling out in phases starting today, March 19. The update will bring with it the new features that are included with Android 4.2, such as Photo Sphere for taking 360 degree panoramic photos, the Gesture Typing keyboard and the ability to place widgets for apps like the Calendar, Clock and Gmail directly onto the device's lock screen.
Verizon's flavor of the Galaxy Nexus is actually the last variant of the device here in the U.S. to receive a bump up to Android 4.2, trailing both the GSM version and Sprint's variant. The good news is that the update has finally arrived, though, and it actually brings the Verizon Galaxy Nexus up to the very latest version of Android that's currently available to consumers. While the Verizon Galaxy Nexus obviously doesn't get updates as quickly as a typical GSM Nexus unit would, it's the only option that Verizon users have if they want a device that runs vanilla Android.
Like most software updates, Verizon says that the Galaxy Nexus's bump up to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean will be rolling out in stages, meaning that not every single GalNex-er will be getting it today. Eager update beavers can try to check for Android 4.2.2 manually by heading into Settings > About Phone > System updates. To keep you entertained until the update hits your Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and to give you an idea of what the new features found in the update look like, you can find Aaron's hands-on video of Android 4.2 on a GSM Galaxy Nexus below. Don't forget to give us a shout once your Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets updated!
UPDATE: Verizon has posted the official changelog for the Galaxy Nexus's Android 4.2.2 update, revealing that it brings the device up to build JDQ39 and is version i515.FK02. The full changelog for the 88.8MB is available below.
JELLY BEAN AND OTHER DEVICE ENHANCEMENTS
Via Verizon Wireless