The day is here and Verizon has released the Galaxy Nexus — finally! Everyone that ran out and bought one should be receiving an over the air (OTA) automatic software update almost out of the box. Verizon has provided full update details and the information is available below for those interested in the little update that probably is also the cause of our delays. We also have the factory image for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus available today thanks to Google.

Once you boot up the Verizon Galaxy Nexus you’ll be greeted with a software update bringing you to Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich. According to Verizon’s support page the update will enhance 3G/4G connection, optimized mobile hotspot, improved front facing camera visuals and even changed something on the lock screen although we see no noticeable changes. Here is the full detailed release

Next, our favorite Google engineer, Jean-Baptiste M. “JBQ” Queru has just updated the Google Groups Blog will full factory image instructions and downloads for the Verizon CDMA Galaxy Nexus. If you have to ask what that is — it probably isn’t important to you. For those that tweak, hack, and flash some crazy ROM’s or kernels and want to take their Gnex back to the completely originally factory “out of box” state — this factory image released will help you do that safely.

Obviously everyone is drooling over the Verizon Galaxy Nexus today — and we are too. Feel free to head over to our Verizon Galaxy Nexus LTE hands-on for a taste of the LTE flavored Ice Cream Sandwiches, then enjoy the unboxing video below as an added bonus.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus LTE unboxing

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