Vodafone has advised via their weekly software update blog that they have approved the 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Nexus which will see their software version going from 4.0.1 to 4.0.4 whilst owners of the original Galaxy S will receive an update from 2.3.3 to a 2.3.6 “Value Pack”, I asked Kieran from Vodafone to clarify what was in the “Value Pack” and was advised ‘it brings a number of ICS-like features to Gingerbread such as Face Unlock, homescreen folders and more’. The update page has not given a specific date for the rollout, both have been listed as ‘Approved by Vodafone. Pending roll-out by manufacturer; keep an eye on our blog for further information.’ so we will have to wait a little longer before seeing the update.

The Value Pack for the Galaxy S was first rumoured back in December last year and there was some on again, off again rumours in regards to wether the original Galaxy S would get Ice Cream Sandwich or not, so it seems the compromise is a “Value Pack” which will contain a lot of the ‘goodies’ from Ice Cream Sandwich but not the whole user interface overhaul, possibly due to the shock that some users would get when going from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich similar to what HTC decided in upgrading their existing handsets to Sense 3.6 rather than the full Sense 4.0 of brand new handsets.

The upgrade to 4.0.4 has been long awaited by Nexus owners considering their international GSM Nexus equivalents started seeing the update around the end of March, meaning the update has spend the better part of 2 months in carrier ‘Testing’, Vodafone does strive to get updates out to users as quickly as possible and the testing does ensure quality, but 2 months of testing is surely pushing the friendship a little, especially as users who purchase the Nexus mostly do so to be at the cutting edge of updates, perhaps a little more haste on the next updates Vodafone?

Rest assured that we`ll keep an eye out for exactly when these updates will rollout but really Vodafone has been pretty good at getting the updates out once they have approved them. It`ll also be interesting to see wether the updates rollout via FOTA update or if users are forced to use Kies to update. Vodafone also get props for being ahead of both Optus and Telstra in releasing updates for their Galaxy Nexus and the “Value Pack” for the Galaxy S, although Galaxy S owners who purchased the phone when it first came out should just about be looking at an upgrade in the coming months.

Source: Vodafone Blog.
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Sumit
8 years ago

Now the Android 4.0.4 for Galaxy Nexus on Vodafone will be rolled out tomorrow, June 21st at 1PM. It will be rolled out slowly to the users over the period of six days. http://phonestabs.com/2012/06/20/vodafone-to-roll-out-android-4-0-4-update-for-samsung-galaxy-nexus-from-june-21/

Guest
Guest
8 years ago

Good to see SOMEONE taking care of the older Galaxy S.

I’ve moved onto 2 other phones since my S and i gotta say, Samsung just don’t give a crap about customers.

Damon Lewis
Damon Lewis
Reply to  Guest
8 years ago

Who do you think if making the vale pack for the SGS1? (This isn’t just a Vodafone thing either, the Value Pack will be released world wide)

Chris
Chris
8 years ago

My advice, stick to GB. ICS has a stack of problems that GB does not have. I would take the value pack any day over ICS, it will be far more reliable. JB is I hope the one to fix the flaws.

harvz
harvz
Reply to  Chris
8 years ago

really? i have been running ICS on my SGS for the last few mths and it is so much better than GB.

j
j
8 years ago

Got nothing to do with Google. They put the update out. Samsung doesn’t give a shi t about this phone. That’s why it took so long. Voda didn’t release 4.0.2 because of network drop issues. It is all samsungss fault for the delay

CJ
CJ
8 years ago

Wait, Vodafone are using the same Galaxy Nexus version ‘yakjudv’
as Telstra. How can they (Google? Samsung?) push the update for the same
version of the software to only Vodafone users? My guess is that Telstra will
need to approve it before it is released OTA. The GNex doesn’t have kies so
users can’t update that way. Still, at least this is progress; I have some hope
that my Telstra nexus might actually get an update some day, even if it means flashing the vodafone version onto it.

Richard Frost
Richard Frost
Reply to  CJ
8 years ago

I suggest you read the Google Plus +Telstra page where myself and other GNex owners have been pushing for the 4.0.4 update for other Telstra GNexus owners. Telstra have explained the reasons for the delay. They have been begging Samsung for the update (yes Samsung not Google) for ages – so they can begin testing. Apparently 4.0.5 was going to go to Telstra testing on June 8th but Samsung have now said that Telstra will get 4.0.4 instead. You can read the comments on this Google Plus page here: https://plus.google.com/101212404445568930918/posts/QVr4trJZzaC Also I suggest you read the Galaxy Nexus forum under… Read more »

Ken Chiu
8 years ago

“possibly due to the shock that some users would get when going from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich”

u think too highly of Samsung… the official reason is there’s insufficient storage in Galaxy S to upgrade to ICS…

that, is the lamest excuse i have ever read…

Damon Lewis
Damon Lewis
Reply to  Ken Chiu
8 years ago

Thte Galaxy S 3 doesn’t have enough ram for touchwiz’d ICS.

Damon Lewis
Damon Lewis
8 years ago

‘Bout time.