For Galaxy Nexus owners that just picked up their device from Verizon, you may finally have a reason to root your device. Yes, rooting does void your warranty - but it opens a world of new available features. Even though Verizon’s Nexus is fairly new, development has been progressing at an excellent rate. We recently discussed a battery mod compatible with the Android Revolution HD ROM for the Galaxy Nexus, and now there is a softkey mod that adds a “Search” softkey pictured as a magnifying glass to the right of the bottom menu buttons.
The softkeys are also available in different colors; personally, I prefer the ICS blue. It looks excellent. You can now expect support for both the 4.0.2 and 4.0.3 based ROMs, and as they are incorporated into future work - I’m sure the project will continue its support. Paired with the battery percentage modification, the Galaxy Nexus couldn’t feel more complete.
However, we haven’t had a chance to test out any of the newly developed kernels yet - and there are plenty out there. Most require the user to be on a 4.0.3 base, but until a few more bugs are worked out I plan on keeping a close eye out instead of continuously flashing the latest builds. If any of you are rocking a Galaxy Nexus, feel free to share with the community how much better/worse your battery life has become.