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Galaxy Nexus Listing in Play Store Outs Jelly Bean as Android 4.1, Arriving “Soon”

And I’d say this about settles it. Jelly Bean will be Android 4.1, according to the Google Play listing for the Galaxy Nexus. We had all sort of assumed that 4.1 would be next, but now the question remains, “Will this be outed at Google I/O next week?” If Google is ready to talk about the G-Nex receiving it “soon,” I’d say that we should be surprised if it isn’t unveiled there. ย 

Update: ย During checkout, the new thumbnail that shows up includes a picture of the device with that new glassy Google Search bar that we saw in from the IO appย yesterday. It’s tiny and tough to make out, but this blurry blown up version gives you bit of a look:

Update 2: ย The checkout page that outed 4.1 as Jelly Bean has already been changed and no longer mentions it at all. Good thing we grabbed that screenie. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • extremo99

    I remmembered something I saw the other day….”manufacturer said Gingerbread phones are going to receive update for ICS on the following month”…it was a new post….and at the corner for Jelly Bean!!!…sure manufacturers are slow

  • What if it’s Jelly Roll?

  • Nice to see people finally speaking up against people who come on here to post comments of entitlement about the glory of rooting and custom ROMs. I’ve done both on many phones, and I prefer leaving this Nexus completely alone. Why should I, and others like me, be bludgeoned to death by “just root your phone” crazies.

  • akazerotime

    I guess the next hypebeasted item is going to be 4.1

  • aaron1992

    if verizon and goolgle already have jelly bean ready to be push out to make it up for last update they did to us!!

  • aaron1992

    probly the nexus tablet will be fist and then jelly bean/gnexus last and jelly bean update in july/augest 2012 hopeing

  • Bavetta

    Here’s a better photo (I just took the resizing parameter off of the end):

  • Larizard

    Not bursting anyone’s bubble, but that Google Search bar might just be a Holo Light implementation of the original search widget, which is in Holo Dark.

    Maybe they finally decided that it is a customizable widget and users can now choose between Holo Dark or Holo Light version of the search bar?

    Here’s a link to Android themes, from the Android Design website: http://developer.android.com/design/style/themes.html

  • coolsilver

    I can not wait for other devices like for CDMA/LTE to appear in the Play Store. I am happy to see that the Galaxy Nexus is able to be purchased again. Google had originally set out to do and change how phones were bought.

  • Towelie420

    Blurry blown up picture? You mean it didn’t become more clear and vivid upon zooming in like it does on the TV shows

  • loving that JB wallpaper.
    someone hack into google and steal it for us !

  • Ted

    This is why I purchased a GSM GNEX straight from Google and am patiently waiting for someone on ebay to take it off my hands. I am rooted though, with AOKP.

  • azndan4

    Blame Verizon people.

  • Personally I wish it went to 5.0 and not 4.1 makes we fear that thee won’t be much updated…

  • Ken Bosse

    are those physical buttons in that blurry image…GASP

  • Lte..one year later

  • No way in hell does Google release JB anytime soon. They might announce features, but it makes no sense for them to throw an entirely new OS into the “fragmented” android world. This is coming from a rooted GNex owner mind you. I just don’t feel it is in Googs best interest to release the next version of Android this quickly.

  • Ok, I’m a technophile and Android enthusiast, but not someone who has time to go through tens of forum posts because something in a custom ROM doesn’t work quite right.bought GMexbought

  • PixelDestiny

    If you change the number at the end of the thumbnail url from w146 you can get a slightly larger image, max is 304 width.


    • Tristan Cunha

      The icons in the dock look like: Phone, People, GTalk and GMail, i.e., no browser to tell us if it’s coming with Chrome or not.
      Not that it really matters one way or the other to me (I’ll use Chrome), but it would be nice if googlers could stop spending their time on the old Android browser, and just focus on Chrome for android.

      • Sapko82

        Not GTalk but GVoice

      • Azn_Android

        Not trolling, but the chrome for android browser still sucks compared to the stock ICS browser.

  • DanWazz

    Cool that Jelly Bean has been kinda confirmed, but I like the clear search bar dammit!

  • Scott

    I have to disagree with this and I’m running AOKP by the way. This phone was $300 with a new contract. Voiding your warranty should not be a requirement to have good working phone. I’ve been playing around with the iPhone 4s my wife just purchased and I’ve been impressed with the fact that it hasn’t had a lot of issues out of the box. My GNex was honestly a disaster (reboots, overheating, lousy signal) when I first got it, grateful to developers that it is now a great phone. Done with my rant now.

  • Jason E Perkins

    That’s asinine. Until the CDMA Galaxy Nexus, immediate updates were a very good reason to get a Nexus.

    Having a GNex isn’t a reason to root. It isn’t even a reason to unlock. There are reasons to avoid rooting any Android phone and there are a lot of people who just shouldn’t.

  • This + official Cyanogenmod!

  • Scott

    Now we just need 4.1.4 to fix all the bugs that came in 4.1.0.

  • nightscout13

    In my opinion, since JellyBean stays in the number 4 series, then it’s not a big upgrade in systems.

    • I feel a bit the same. BUT 2.1 was pretty major jump from 2.0.

      • nightscout13

        1.6 to 2.0 was big jump. 2.3 to 3.0 and then 3.2 to 4.0

    • Christian

      Think about 2.2->2.3 ๐Ÿ˜›

      • nightscout13

        Think about it : 2.3-3.0

        • Christian

          Lol well I don’t think anyone ever was expecting this to be a complete overhaul of the operating system but as you can see from the two examples given incremental versions often bring about a few significant changes (as is often the case in software development).

          • nightscout13

            Well, Once a year @ I/O Google would release a major update. This will probably be the first year with only a minimal update.

        • This will be a speed update more than likely, but in terms of the consumer it will be kinda big. But for a developer this will be minimal.

  • termiNader

    Is the app in the bottom right corner gmail or chrome? can’t tell

  • Will the maxx ever get jelly bean

    • tvjrc603

      well, we still have to get ICS first. depending on how long the roll-out of 4.1 takes, i would be a little surprised if we didn’t get it. but, on the other hand, i guess it is motorola, so you never know…

  • WilliamKu

    i don’t even care about when it “officially” comes to verizon. i’m sure it’ll get ripped from some other source (maguro) and it’ll be on our verizon phones in no time. this shouldn’t even be an issue to anyone that’s had a a verizon android phone and knows how to root and unlock.

  • br_hermon

    Thanks for the colorful language, otherwise I’d never have known what your were trying to say…. :/ *rolls eyes*

  • Stewie

    JB will be an incremental, it will take a lot more to change to 5.0

  • So it took Verizon how long for an incremental update…how long do you suppose it will take for a jump like this?

  • Al

    Verizon update the Galaxy Nexus to Jelly Bean, HA! Not happening.

  • So the only way we’re going to get this in a timely fashion for the Verizon Nexus is to install a ROM. Right? Right.

  • Why should you have to void your warranty to get updates. Dont defend Verizons crappy business practices. A LOT of people bought the Nexus because it was the best phone on Verizon. Beautiful 4.6 inch screen NFC ICS. The latest and greatest. Not everyone is into rom’s or a hacker. They just wanted a nice phone.

    • ObservantGai

      you bought the nexus because you are into hacking/rooting/romming. rezound has a much nicer screen, and with other “later and greater” phones coming out, its no longer top of the pile (not that it ever was)

      • I think the rezound vs nexus debate is subjective. The Verizon sold a TON of nexii. Not everyone is a hacker. There is no debate, the Nexus is a great phone and I directed everyone to that phone over the iPhone. And what phone is better than the Nexus RIGHT NOW on verizon?

        • Everything.

        • PhillipCun

          BUT the Nexus is a DEVELOPERS phone guys. Google decided to build it for that purpose, if you bought it for another purpose like not having to root it that’s YOUR decision. And Andriod is all about options. If you don’t want to void your warranty then don’t, its a choice you don’t have to make. @facebook-724591315:disqus you say “Verizon’s crappy business practices” and I have to say that I do not agree with a lot of things they do. BUT out of all the carriers Verizon is THE BEST. As much as everyone hates to hear it, they have the most reliable network, best coverage, and a decent customer service. It does come at a higher cost, but Verizon is the leader in the US. How many people complain about AT&T, TMO or Sprint? I get 4G almost everywhere and I hear countless complaints about the other networks. People seriously expect too much. Be grateful for what you have, if you’re not then do something about it. Get the HSPA+ Gnex if you want the updates, but you’ll suffer with network choices. To me, it is important that my VZW GNex is more reliable with faster 4G than the HSPA+. If I want the latest update and my carrier is causing updates to come later rather than sooner, then I’ll root. If you don’t want to root then go somewhere else and stop crying about every little thing.

          Edit: This is not directed to Luis, just a general statement.

      • kidserious

        Uhh….no, sorry. The rezound screen is NOT nicer by any stretch of the imagination.

        • Screens are a very subjective thing. You cannot argue about subjective things.

        • capecodcarl

          Speaking as someone that has had both, yes, the Rezound’s screen is MUCH nicer than the Galaxy Nexus. Clear, bright, ultra-sharp. The GN’s screen was dark and washed out and always had light bleed coming from where the on-screen buttons were being displayed so the bottom half of the screen was lighter than the top. I hated it.

          • Joe Dick

            I have no such light bleed sir. I bought mine opening day (in a line of nerds of all things). Build version .09.

          • Mine is a rev 9 phone as well and I don’t have any light bleed either. Did they ever figure out the difference between rev 9 and rev 10 handsets?

    • Nobody

      Exactly! Some of us bought it because we wanted a “Stock Google Experience” phone and it is the only one available as such on VZ.

    • T4rd

      You can re-lock and un-root your phone with the click of a button; warranty restored ;-).

      • mr_ewe

        Which is why tying the warranty in with the software on the device is a stupid practice.

        • calculatorwatch

          Honestly I think it makes sense. If you screw up the software so it can’t be restored it’s obviously your fault for messing with it badly. And if you’re able to restore back to stock then whatever’s wrong with your phone probably isn’t root related.

    • KleenDroid

      You don’t have to root to get your updates. You will just have to wait a little longer. If you don’t want to wait you don’t have to. That’s the beauty of this phone,!

  • triangle8

    So I can’t buy a Nexus if I just want stock ICS?

    • you can root and have stock ICS, unless you mean by rooting you don’t have stock.

    • 1MPR0BUS

      Stock ICS builds are released all the time to flash via CWM so your argument is invalid. It would only be valid if you are concerned with keeping your warranty but since there are images available to Fastboot the device back to stock its near impossible to brick unless the device itself has some kind of hardware failure which in return won’t tell Verizon whether you modded or not so you still get to keep your warranty.

      • it aint that hard to brick a phone…i tell you, i brick my co-workers phone after it bootlooped and i tried to flash him back to and older version of the rom.

        • Dick Curtis

          Your broken english/retadism tells us why you failed.

    • PixelDestiny

      My mom and my sister both just bought a Galaxy Nexus. I recommended it to them because the software is so much more user friendly, and miles a head of the other phones they were looking at (Razr/Razr Maxx which is still on skinned Gingerbread). Do you really think everyone who buys a Galaxy Nexus should have to root and run custom roms to get the latest updates? What is the benefit of having a Nexus in that situation?

      • Blame the carrier, not the device…

    • KleenDroid

      No problem with that if you don’t complain about waiting for updates. Taking the time to complain about updates doesn’t make sense when it only takes minutes to do it yourself. But to each their own.

  • Perky

    I’m still hoping for Jelly Baby.

    Who doesn’t love a good Doctor Who reference?

  • InclusiontoInnovation

    Please recommend a trusted source to root and rom Verizon Galaxy Nexus

    • Stephen Zipprich

      There are plenty of trusted sources. It’s not hard to find one.

      • InclusiontoInnovation

        Like?? Where did you learn how to root/rom?

        • Here. He posted a guide to it before it even came out. But now there’s 1 click methods from the Galaxy Nexus Root Toolbox, not like it was hard before though.

          • 1MPR0BUS

            The one click method is nice but in my opinion its better to understand what is happening to the device rather than just clicking a button and praying it works. Once you understand what is happening and how it works your appreciation for what the Android community devs do on a regular basis increases quite a bit. In my opinion get educated before you start using 1 click methods.

          • Agreed. Especially with the Gnex. It was so easy already. I was like “wait… that it?” Unlocking the boot loader was practically one click on its own. So not to hard to understand what was going on when it was only 4 commands or so.

    • 1MPR0BUS
      • InclusiontoInnovation

        Thank you … a lot!

    • Anonymous
  • 1MPR0BUS

    Thanks Mike. You shortened my elegant response to what I was actually thinking.

  • sc0rch3d

    wrong Kellex…. the rest of that reads first phone with Android 4.1 Jello coupons included for life ๐Ÿ™‚

    • tvjrc603

      is it weird that i read your comment in bill cosby’s voice in my head just now?

      • sc0rch3d

        coo coo ca choo….you just made my day… +1

  • iirundis05

    GS3 will definitely get this update. Samsung would be stupid not too, plus im sure they already have it cooking up now since they are the OEM of the Galaxy Nexus.

    • It should receive it about 6 months after the source is released. That’s how it works for any phone that’s not a Nexus and is skinned.

  • zepfloyd

    If it’s coming less than year out from ICS, along with the fact that it’s 4.1, it probably means it’s only a minor release.

  • My Canadian GNex is still on 4.0.1 so if I could skip to 4.1.0 it would be amazing! I’m tired of the rest of the world getting the updates before us, and I haven’t rooted or anything! I’ve been good!

    • Punishment for being Canadian and/or living in Canada.

  • mustbepbs

    Wow..what does this mean for all the devices that haven’t even gotten ICS yet? Methinks it won’t be such a large upgrade as 2.3 > 4.0 is. I’d say anything that gets 4.0 is getting 4.1 by years end. Hopefully.

    Aw who am I kidding? Just wishful thinking, I suppose.

  • Captain_Doug

    It’s hard to imagine how they could change Android 4.0. Obviously there are bug fixes, optimization’s, compatibility with future hardware, etc, but Android 4.0 has such a good feel to it. Design-wise, ICS is smooth, intuitive, and easy on the eyes. I don’t mean to sound like a fanboy but what other features could it add?

    • I don’t think they’ll change the design here – they’ll just tweak it, make changes to certain apps, and maybe introduce some new features.

      Nothing is ever perfect – there’s ALWAYS room for improvement.

  • i understand some people want to buy a phone and not hack it, but the only way youre gonna get good software is if you hack. carriers pretty much suck. so instead of complaining that “the verizon one wont get it for another 6 months” do the simple unlocking and it will (probably/hopefully) be hacked onto it a lot sooner.

  • Verizon eta………….. Before or after the next nexus device?

    • In 6 months, if ever.

    • PC_Tool

      No more than an hour after it hits Maguro thanks to the folks at XDA and Rootzwiki.

  • kretz7

    How did you avoid paying tax?!

    • summit1986

      Thats how he rolls.

    • Oregon, baby.

  • Radgatt

    Maybe Verizon will surprise us and release it right when the GSM versions get 4.1

    • summit1986

      Maybe pigs will fly… over the a winter wonderland in hell… in a month full of Sundays.

      • calculatorwatch

        That sounds a little more likely.

      • Flyinion

        Don’t forget the pink elephants ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Pedro

          That’s why I trust the pink unicorn.

          • Flyinion

            Yep, gotta agree on that one. The pink unicorn rocks.

    • r0lct

      If by Verizon you mean AOKP.

  • summit1986

    This could explain why Verizon dragged their feet on 4.0.4 if 4.1.0 will be out soon. I mean, it’s basically like why bother updating when 4.1 is in the near future, am I right?

    • C-Law

      Wrong. 4.0.4 was a very nice update over 4.0.2 and lower. Much smoother, faster, more responsive. Important update IMHO

  • It seems very very odd to me that Google would do this – especially when before the ICS announcement, it was leaked that they’d left ‘game-changing features until Jelly Bean’. (I’m guessing that means Majel and other ‘game-changing’ improvements, whatever they may be). ‘4.1’ doesn’t sound game-changing, feature wise – ‘5.0’ does, as 4.0 did when ICS released.

    Still, if Jelly Bean is 4.1 I’ll be very happy – but again, this only increases the chance that OEMs aren’t going to update. We’ve got, what, not even 10% of the Android world on ICS? Again, it seems odd to me.

    • sonicxml

      Well ICS had a LOT of under the hood changes. If the game-changing features are just apps, or surface level improvements, then it will be much easier for manufacturers to upgrade

      • 2.3 gingerbread from 2.2 took a while for OEMs for upgrade their phones. Point taken, but I really don’t think that OEMs will upgrade because there aren’t many under-the-hood changes. It’s a simple case of manufacturers being lazy and carriers just not bothering.

        Also: I think Jelly Bean/4.1/whatever it’s called marks the first serious merge of the Android kernel with the Linux kernel. I’m guessing that’ll mean under-the-hood changes to the kernel and the OS in general.

        • Uhhh the android kernel is a branch of the linux kernel and the linux kernel has not changed nearly as much between ICS and now as it was between GB and ICS. So a merge of the main branch maybe, but that is not a major change.

          In my mind 4.1 makes sense because this is likely a reduction update mainly. Android has become very bulky and just needs to have the fat trimmed off, but it will still perform and be used in the same way. Do that plus add on a few features and tweak and you have JB. That is why 4.1 makes since to me as that is what gingerbread was and it was the same type of incremental update.

      • Tristan Cunha

        I always thought of Majel (Assistant) as something that would be search wide, and not just an Android feature. Of course, voice search/actions are most useful on mobile, but the integration of all the different types of search and services to make it useful is something that would have to happen at a much higher level.

      • Agreed. The kernel for Android jumped from 2.6.35 on GB to 3.x for ICS. This change alone requires major low-level software (mainly driver) rewrites from the component vendors. That is one of the major reasons that ICS has taken so long to push out. From here on, the updates should be much quicker and easier for the OEMs, at least until the kernel version jumps to 4.x (which may take a while, as the Linux stable kernel currently is on version 3.4, and there seem to be ~3-4 years between major rewrites.

    • GB was a huge improvement over Froyo….I’m guessing JB will be the same over ICS.

      • But GB wasn’t game-changing. It didn’t make iPhone users go ‘Ahh, I’m switching to the the Nexus S, Android 2.3 is so good’. 4.0 made iPhone users go ‘Finally, a well-designed, good looking OS. I’m buying a Galaxy Nexus.’

        Yes, JB might be an improvement over ICS, but I don’t think JB should be 4.1 – it should be 5.0, with 4.1 being the second major release of ICS (same content, different name).

        • br_hermon

          While in theory I can basically agree with you, this doesn’t match Googles naming structure though. With every decently large update, a new name comes along with a new version “point” 2.1, 2.2, 2.3. An incremental update, without a new name would be 2.2.2 or 2.3.5. So if you really want to stick with your idea, you’d rather seen this coming update as 4.0.5 rather than 4.1. Not saying your idea is wrong, just that it doesn’t match Googles naming methods.

          • But Google have also done the opposite – Honeycomb had 3.1 and 3.2 (admittedly 3.0 was a bit raw) and Eclair had 2.0 and 2.1.

            I think it could go either way at this point.

          • br_hermon

            right you are. Eclair and Honeycomb seem to be the exception to the rule but *throughs hands in the air* whatever they decide ๐Ÿ™‚

        • theineffablebob

          Google said that they didn’t put some planned features into ICS, probably due to lack of time. They said that these were major, radical changes and would be included in the next version of the operating system.

          • Exactly. 4.1 Jelly Bean doesn’t sound like it includes them, hence why it should be 5.0 Jelly Bean with 4.1 being updated ICS.

      • What? Gingerbread was a minor upgrade to Froyo. Certainly not like Eclair to Froyo or Gingerbread to ICS. What major features did it have?

    • sk3litor

      I agree. If jelly bean is that much diff than they sure wasted a completely good os considering 90 percent of users didn’t even get to use ics.

  • Guest

    Wouldn’t surprise me if the GN got 4.1 a day or two after the I/O.

    • hopefully somebody dumps a ROM at I/O and we get it early.

  • Travis Bond

    “Can’t wait!” – Bart Scott voice

  • Greg Morgan

    I wonder what kind of improvements they have instore…they have some competition with iOS6 and WP8.

    • joshua weissman

      They have no comp with IOS6 all IOS6 was another copy of some android features.Nothing to really challenge android id say

      • ERIC REED

        At this point it’s about who can do it better. They all seem to just copy each other anymore. That’s why all these lawsuits are just dumb. Roll your phones out and let us the consumer decide which is best!!!

    • chris125

      they have competition with WP8 not IOS6. IOS6 added nothing that wasn’t already in android. Now WP8 is a different story

  • Punkdefied

    Time for a Monica Lewinski-esq definition of what SOON is ๐Ÿ™‚

    • r0lct

      That depends on what the definition if “is” is

  • Notice it says the first “phone” with Android 4.1. So new tablet with 4.1 first?

    • chris125

      yeah the nexus tablet

    • Ooh, yes. Thinking the Asus Nexus tablet will come with 4.1 out of the box.

  • Sweet!

  • TomMabe

    Nexus first to Jellybean sounds nice to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • summit1986

    Notice how it’s only for HSPA+… Verizon GNex will be on 4.0.4 from now until eternity. Trololol

    • Keith0606

      yeah sadly i believe you are correct. I’ll plan on seeing it on my VerizoNotANexus in December.

  • David Hussey

    Fingers crossed for a Google I/O Jelly Bean availability.

  • Anthony Zita

    This also means that they aren’t unveiling a new Nexus handset along with JB.

    Or else that would be the first with JB, not the Galaxy Nexus.

  • I like the words “soon”..not “Fall” or “Late 2012” etc.

  • triangle8

    So we’ll get it on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus in what…6 months?

    • htowngtr

      There will be a Toro version available sooner than later, but not one that you can use unless unlocked. Not a problem for me.

      • Mike


      • Joe Dick

        You really think the small delay it will take matters to us?

    • Yep.. i’m glad i got the HSPA version!

      • T4rd

        I’m glad I got the Verizon one! I have twice the internal storage and still stay up to date ;-).

    • Christopher Temples

      That’s being pretty generous

    • 1MPR0BUS

      If the source is posted to AOSP we’ll see a Toro (Verizon GNEX) ROM within a week. The amount of developers for this phone platform is huge. I can almost guarantee that Roman and crew will have a Jelly Bean AOKP up within a week or 2 of the source hitting AOSP.

      • TJEgan

        Any clues as to what the rumored new features are to include?

      • Sietai

        Well, assuming it’s actually the same phone, there will probably be an OTA for it

        • Not if Verizon has anything to say about it…

          Verizon is notoriously slowwwwww, and to boot, they don’t really seem to car much about the GNex. For shame, it is arguably still the best phone out for Big Red.

      • Troy

        Give it six months you have to remember they have to install their crap ware and fully embed their other junk on it.

    • picaso86

      Try something like 12 months….

      • capecodcarl

        I have a feeling there will never be an official update pushed out by Verizon for Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus. They’ll just say it is end of life or something and then offer early upgrade discounts to GN users so they can purchase a RAZR MAXX 2 with shared family data.

    • r0lct

      But still months before every other phone on Verizon.

      Remember all those people going nuts over the RAZR getting 4.0.4 officially before the GNex because of a leaked build?

    • Hans Kwazneski

      Just root your damn phone and stop whining!

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Seriously, you bought a developer device so do the simple steps to unlock it and enjoy not having to wait for Verizon to approve stuff.

      • KleenDroid

        This says it all.

      • james_bell

        Sounds good but if you waited, maybe to try out the phone, before you unlocked the bootloader, it sucks to find out that unlocking the BL means a full wipe

    • ddevito

      quit your bitchin and learn to root son

  • htowngtr

    More importantly…. Gnex gets 4.1 first ๐Ÿ™‚

    • randompsychology

      But not the Verizon version, right? ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Ryan Powell

      Unless you are with Verizon. #sadface

      • htowngtr

        Root and unlock, friends. Root and unlock.

  • Means Verizon will get it June of 2013 … sweet