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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.

PHOTO DISPLAY

  • Connect a wireless display adapter to any HDMI-enabled TV to mirror mobile screen.
  • Enable wireless display to share movies and YouTube videos.

PHOTO SPHERE

  • Snap Google Street view-style 360 degree panoramic photos.
  • Share photo spheres on Google+ or Google Maps.

NOTIFICATION PANEL

  • Thumbnail icon has been added to the top right corner of the screen.
  • Date display area has been updated.
  • This will expand to a Quick Access grid. (for example: Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi settings)

WIDGET CONTROL

  • As user places widgets on the home screen, everything else on the screen automatically resizes to make room for the new widget

CAMERA

  • Long press the camera key to view the new camera UI and pinch and zoom with two fingers instead of the slider

LOCK SCREEN

  • Calendar, Gmail and Clock widgets are now available on lock screen

JELLY BEAN AND OTHER DEVICE ENHANCEMENTS

  • Enhanced Accessibility
    • Enable screen magnification to easily zoom or pan the entire screen
    • User can enter full-screen magnification with a triple-tap on the screen
  • Widgets automatically resize on user’s Home Screen
  • Google Now shortcut has been changed and relocated to bottom of lock screen
  • Daydream
    • Display useful information when idle or locked
    • Show off your photo albums and get the latest news from Google Currents
  • A smarter keyboard
    • Gesture Typing allows you to glide your finger over the letters you want to type, and lift after each word
    • The keyboard can anticipate and predict the next word, so you can finish entire sentences just by selecting suggested words

Via Verizon Wireless


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Jaime Espinoza
Jaime Espinoza Nexus 4. I like Photo Sphere.
Lance Tomlinson
Lance Tomlinson Galaxy Nexus on 4.2, much better battery life is great. My favorite part about getting 4.2 is the boost in call volume as I was considering getting a new phone because GN on 4.1 was too quiet. Some will like the swipe functionality of the new keyboard, I don't really use it. My signal has also been better. Oh and the new camera features are nice.
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Cezzar Micu
Cezzar Micu 4.2.2 on my Nexus 7. Greatest feature would have to be the improved battery life and the elimination of the random reboots - so basically it's greatest features are improved performance and stability
Dounutz Sesar
Dounutz Sesar 4.1 jellybean liquidsmooth rom galaxy note
Joseph Kitchen
Joseph Kitchen Sprint galaxy nexus, 4.2.1 sucks, it lags so bad, I can't wait til 4.2.2
Carl Dale
Carl Dale :( i want jb on the xe. gonan get the p1 after the xe, if they still sell it that is
Martin Pribojsky
Martin Pribojsky GS2 4.2.2 - lockscreen widgets, expandable notifications
Rob Delaney
Rob Delaney Wow. Never saw that coming
Enes Nadir Çomoglu
Enes Nadir Çomoglu I like them toggles :P
John Smith
John Smith If you went the newest updates get a Google phone! I've been running 4.2.2 foe months now. Love the quick toggles.
Jordan Williams
Jordan Williams
Jonathan Coffey
Jonathan Coffey When is the Note 2 getting 4.2.2?
Dennis Heggenstaller
Dennis Heggenstaller We just want the update for the S3 for the premium suite... Kthnxbai
King Pin
King Pin my fav feature : the moral superiority I feel to all those peasants not running 4.2.x. :
Matti Hietala
Matti Hietala Although it's international GSM version
Matti Hietala
Matti Hietala 4.2.2
Javier Delgado
Javier Delgado no so many difference from 4.2.1 except few short cuts like wifi toggle...etc. and few bugs fixed
Jordan Williams
Jordan Williams Casey Gordon, looks like you finally get to enjoy it. Also, Eric Wixson.




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