Often the red-headed stepchild of the Nexus world (no offense to red-headed stepchildren), the Verizon edition of the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus has often come up with the short end of the stick when it comes to Android updates. While other versions of the Galaxy Nexus have been treated to the latest Android software almost instantly, Verizon’s LTE build hasn’t been so lucky. For those patiently waiting for an official Android 4.2.2 release, we’re one step closer.
A build of Android 4.2.2 for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus has leaked and is now ready for download and installation. The build is JDQ39 and can be installed on non-rooted devices with ease. It comes direct from Google’s servers after owners of test devices tracked down the URL upon receiving the update.
You will recall that the JDQ39 build version is the same as what is currently available for all Nexus devices and matches the Galaxy Nexus software version in the AOSP codebase, meaning we are looking at more or less the final release. Last week, Verizon support said an update would hit the handset shortly, and it sounds like it indeed will be Android 4.2.2. If only the software was enough to fix the phone’s incessant battery problems.