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Verizon Galaxy Nexus already receiving Android 4.0.2 update

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The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is receiving an Android 4.0.2 update after activation that features optimized 3G / 4G data connections.

Galaxy Nexus 4.0.2 Watermarked
Galaxy Nexus 4.0.2 Watermarked

The Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus has just gone on sale today, and as Droid Life noted yesterday, it's already getting an Android 4.0.2 update after activation. We can confirm that our review unit pulled an update immediately after powering it on, so it's a safe bet that retail handsets will do the same. The 10.7MB download adds a number of improvements, featuring improved mobile hotspot when used with VPN, louder audio in Google navigation with turn-by-turn directions, and most interestingly, optimized 3G / 4G data connections for faster response times. Giving the timing of this update and the different firmware required for LTE, perhaps the rumors that Verizon was holding out for a new version of Ice Cream Sandwich prior to launch hold some truth after all. Regardless, it's a relief to finally be able to put all the Galaxy Nexus release date rumors to rest — and better reception is a nice bonus.