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Galaxy Nexus Offered for Free at Best Buy Retail Locations

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By Vincent Funaro, Christian Post Reporter
July 31, 2012|9:09 am

Android fans anxious to get an early taste of Android 4.1, JellyBean can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone at Best Buy for free.

The retailer is offering the wildly popular device at this rate when the customer signs a new 2-year contract with Verizon. This is a steal since the Galaxy Nexus normally sells for $199. It is also one of the first devices able to upgrade to Android 4.1, JellyBean and comes with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed.

Certain variants of the Galaxy Nexus including the GSM model have already received the 4.1 update.

Sprint customers who own the smartphone are still waiting for the update to roll out. Samsung issued a minor software upgrade last week in order to bring the carrier's version of the Galaxy Nexus up to speed.

It brought the device's software build version to number L700.FG01, and slightly tweaks its on-screen signal strength indicator, along with adding support for Sprint TV.

The update also changes the default settings on Wi-Fi and LTE making them "on" now that Sprint's LTE network is fully operational.

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Galaxy Nexus users who have already upgraded to Android 4.1, JellyBean for the GSM version of the smartphone are currently experiencing issues with its GPS as it does not work, even with several satellites in view.

In order to diagnose the problem, owners of the device can check to see if their GPS has been affected by opening up an app that constantly tracks where they are such as Google Maps and then check the notification shade for a GPS message. If it says "Searching for GPS," and they do not see a flashing icon, then they are not getting a GPS lock and there device has been affected by the bug.

They can also test to see if the bug is present by downloading the GPS Test app and see if they have satellites within view.

Android Central posted a simple fix for the problem. Users can go to the Settings option, choose Location services, uncheck and re-check "Google's location service," and the problem should be corrected, according to the site.

 

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