Android fans in the US looking forward to the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon LTE finally got their wishes fulfilled today, following the carrier’s announcement of the phone’s availability yesterday evening. We’re sure that meant rescheduling your morning for some of you, so you could get down to the Verizon store and finally get the chance to snag one of these Ice Cream Sandwich phones. If you’ve already got yours, be on the lookout for an OTA update, already headed out to new owners.
While there are a few bugfixes included with the update, like one where email attachments wouldn’t open, it’s largely about improving the quality of the phone’s wireless data connections. Over WiFi, the Galaxy Nexus will now auto-connect to known access points you’ve previously used. If you use a VPN for work, you should see better performance when connecting through the phone’s mobile hotspot. Tweaks to 3G and LTE data will hopefully result in decreased lag and a more responsive online experience.
You won’t just find fixes and additions in this update; for some reason, support for playing back DivX-encoded videos is being removed upon installation. It’s supposed to return at some point in the future, but no details are available.
Improvements to the phone’s lockscreen, better special effects for video recorded with the front-facer, and louder turn-by-turn voice prompts round-out the list of changes.