The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is special for a variety of reasons. Not only did it bring forth the newest iteration of Android at the time (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), but it also featured pretty cool hardware although the camera was dismal. This is the reason the smartphone is still in demand despite Google launching its successor, the LG Nexus 4. However, carrier operated CDMA versions of the Galaxy Nexus cannot really be considered a complete Nexus smartphone, simply because the carriers hold the authority to update the smartphone whereas with an unlocked smartphone, it’s Google which directly sends out the update. The Sprint Galaxy Nexus is a fine example of how a Nexus smartphone can be held back by the carrier. The smartphone has finally received the Android 4.2.1 update though after sufficient delay while the rest of the Nexus lineup including the unlocked Galaxy Nexus have been enjoying the update since November.
So what’s exactly new with the update?
- Redesigned camera interface and new Photo Sphere feature (a 360-degree panorama mode)
- Notifications Shade accessible by swiping top screen edge downwards; swipe down with two fingers to view notifications; tap the notification to expand and take action on it.
- Lockscreen widgets to access certain apps without unlocking the screen; sidescroll right for camera or left for other widgets (time and weather, gmail, etc.)
The news was made public on Sprint’s forums by its moderator and provided with the aforementioned changelog or fixes. As we heard recently, Verizon stopped selling the Galaxy Nexus, which was very much expected as it wasn’t selling all that well anyways. Regardless, it’s time to focus on the Sprint Galaxy Nexus now, at least for the time being. And if you’re one of those users who received the update notification, make sure you drop a comment below and let us know how it went. With the LG Nexus 4 out of stock, more and more users are looking to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to fulfill their Nexus needs. And it’s not a bad option really.