Check if your Galaxy Nexus is updated by Google or Samsung?

Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM version comes in several variants and you might not be aware that the source for its OTA updates varies depending on the device version. After going through some credible forums, we noticed different product names of Galaxy Nexus (GSM) such as yakju, yakjuxw, yakjusc, yakjujp, yakjuux, etc. Apparently, it’s said that devices with ‘yakju’ build are Google branded and thus eligible to receive updates directly from Google. Whereas, devices with non-yakju builds (yakjuxw) having brand as Samsung are region/carrier specific and will probably get updates from Samsung. There is no confirmation yet if there is any difference in the updates but it is certain that Google delivers prompt updates while those from Samsung are delayed by a few weeks.

Here’s an easy way to Check the product version of Samsung Galaxy Nexus which can help you easily determine whether your device is updated by Google or Samsung. Simply install the free app ‘GN Official Update Checker’ from Google Play on your Galaxy Nexus. Then run it to check the device product name, yakju or yakjuxw.

GN Official Update Checker_galaxy-nexus-product-name

If you’re looking for more detailed info than just the product name, then install the app ‘Android System Info’ from Google Play. The app provides a lot of technical information about Hardware, System, Telephony, etc. and has built-in Task Manager, App manager, logs viewer, battery stats and more.

Android System Info_check-galaxy-nexus-hardware-product-info

To view the relevant details, open the app and navigate to System tab > BuildInfos. Listed there are the hardware, brand, device, product name, etc.

Stay tuned! We’ll soon be covering more interesting articles on Galaxy Nexus. 🙂

Update – The new Takju variant (Google Play Store version) of Galaxy Nexus also gets update directly from Google and updates for Takju devices are much faster when compared to Yakju ones. Also, below is an easy way to check whether your device is Yakju, Takju or Non-Yakju using Google Maps and without the need of a dedicated app.

Open Google Maps > Settings > About > Device.

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Also SeeEasiest Way to Change Galaxy Nexus from Yakjuxw (Non-Yakju) to Android 4.1.1 Yakju/Takju

Mayur

Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter where he is extremely active.

20 Responses

  1. ktp says:

    Ok, you don’t need an app to do this, you just check your settings and about phone, and the build string will indicate what you are running.

    • mr44 says:

      Well, I just tried that and my “build string” (actually “Build number”) does NOT indicate yakju, takju, yakjuux, etc. It’s just numbers and letters:

      ITL41F.I9250UGKL1

      Apparently you do need an app (on 4.0.1 at least…)

  2. ZARAK says:

    Mine one is yakjujp. So is it revieving upfates directly from google or not?

  3. zzzz says:

    Easiest way to check is to open Google Maps, go to “Settings” > “About”. Under the “Device” heading, you can see what you are running.

  4. reyrodriguez says:

    amigos tienen un tutorial para actualizar yakjuux a takju o yakju? gracias

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