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Google Releases New Jelly Bean Binaries for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, Most Other Nexus Devices Too

Who knew that normal, everyday Android users would care about things like binaries? Well, we do when it has to do with our beloved Galaxy Nexus running on Verizon’s network. As you may remember, the VZW G-Nex once had its “officially supported in AOSP” tag removed over binaries, so when they first returned shortly after Google I/O, we all celebrated a bit.

As of last night, new binaries were added to support the latest Android 4.1.1 build, JRO03H. Sound familiar? That’s the same build that the XOOM WiFi was updated to last week. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that we are moments away from an OTA update, but it’s a good sign that things are still moving in the right direction. After all, Verizon still has to approve the Jelly Bean update, something that could take a while if we base the situation off of the last update.

On a related note, the 4.1.1 binaries for almost all other Nexus devices were posted last night as well, including the Nexus S 4G on Sprint.

*Note – The Sprint Galaxy Nexus has been left out of the fun. Apologies.

Via:  Google

Cheers Tim!

  • zeiroe

    Am I missing something? Haven’t the 4.1.1 binaries been out for the Verizon version of the GN?

  • jose

    Noon question. So what exactly do the binaries do ?

    • David

      Won’t answer, you posted your question after noon.

      • Jason Brown


  • Mid august.

  • Amenemhat1

    Noob question: What can I use these binaries for? I guess what I am asking is: How are these files different from the factory img files that I can burn w/ ROM Manager?

    • Vivek Chaudhary

      Well… they include the proprietary hardware driver support for their respective devices… So… if you wanted to compile a rom from aosp you could now use these updated binaries so that all the hardware would be compatible instead of figuring out a workaround

  • markuz

    Verizon is a piece of S***!!!!

    • a piece of S with three stars after it? Very insightful and intelligent comment.

  • SecurityNick

    Binary solo: 0000001 00000011 00000111 00001111 (oh)
    0000001 00000011 00000111 00001111 (oh) Robo Boogie (oh)

    • philstx

      Come on, sucker. Lick my battery.

  • noob

    so if 1 + 2 = 3 can 1+1 = 3 or 2+2 = 3

  • noob

    noob question how does this help the dev community exactly?

  • Q

    What does it all mean, Basil?

  • Verizon can 01000110010101010100001101001011 off.

    • OhAaron


  • Jim McClain

    dont even know what this means lol

  • jdrch

    Sprint is the new Verizon

    • Steve Hall

      Do you mean new “old Verizon”? Or new “new (bad) Verizon”? 😀

  • deleted

  • Can I flash these over the top of Bugless Beast, my assumption is yes.

    • lol

      • So that’s a no then, they must be baked into a ROM? I assumed they could be flashed like any other file. Am I missing something? I honestly don’t know on what level these binaries sit. Kernel? OS?

        • burntcookie90

          They need to be baked, yes.

          • Thanks, now I just feel dumb.

          • burntcookie90

            It’s fine, not every one is a ROM developer. Now you’ll know if someone asks you.

          • …and he can say “lol” to that person.

          • I know EVERYTHING about Android, and tons on how to flash ROMs, kernels, radios, etc etc. But I don’t know much about baking ROMs. I don’t know what parts must be baked in and what parts can be applied after the fact.

          • burntcookie90

            Sorry, then you don’t know EVERYTHING.

            Flashing things is the easy part.

          • haha, true.

        • didn’t mean to be snarky. i honestly thought your were joking

    • br_hermon

      Pete already has JRO03H in his rom.

  • Robert Goddard

    Awesome… now AOSP ROMs will have full binary support!

    • Trevor

      So basically this means more stable roms

  • Michael_NM


    • Robert Goddard

      I C wit u did dare

    • John


      • 01001001001000000111001101100101011001010010000001110100011011110110111100101100001000000110110001100101011101000111001100100000011001100110111101110010011011010010000001100001001000000110001101101100011101010110001000101110

        • PC_Tool


          • 4n1m4L

            The answer to life the universe and everything

          • Mack


          • touche. lol

    • Jason


  • Mav


  • Philip Van Luke

    Awesome, I am going to use these to bake my own Jelly Bean for my galaxy nexus using the walkthroughs i have found online, itll be so awesome to have a 100% stock jelly bean build signed with my name.

    • Bryan Saroza

      where did you find a simple to use walk through?

      • PC_Tool

        “simple” varies by user. I am a dev by no means, but can “easily” build AOKP from source using their Ubuntu walkthrough.

        That said, I still cannot build directly from AOSP…still missing the key steps necessary for kernel/binaries.

        • Bryan Saroza


    • SchwannyT

      Wow baking your own beans that does sound good!
      *drool* mmmmm… baked beans *gahlagalaga*

  • MarkE

    Does anyone know what a binary is?

    • Michael_NM

      It’s a 1 that likes both 1s and 0s.

      • Jim McClain


      • MarkE


  • br_hermon

    Does anyone know what
    JRO03H brings to the table? What bug fixes or features?

    • r0lct

      Verizon’s approval is what I’m sure is what most are hoping it brings (who don’t rom).

      • Kyle Fullmer

        And new radios.

        • Roshan John

          dude if you have a g-nex with bad radios, find a way to return and get a refurbished one. i thought it was ever galaxy nexus with those problems, but my refurb is perfect, never drops reception or calls, and switches between 4G/3G and Wifi without signal loss.
          The only cure to a radio problem nexus, is to get a new nexus.

          • TheDrizzle

            How was the condition of the refurb? I hate the idea of owning a device from someone who didn’t take care of it. Although mine fell out of my pocket onto my driveway and has minor scratches on the body, so a refurb might actually be better. Do they send you the refurb and then you send yours in, or is there a period where you are without a phone?

          • Derek Gelinas

            99% of the phones being sent out are brand new. if you check the hidden menu they have no call time and no refurb flag. i’ve had one and so has my sister. my first replacement had a really bad radio, no question that it was broken as it disconnected every 3 seconds, but the second was fine.

          • TheDrizzle

            That’s why I’m hesitant. My radio only goes out maybe once or twice a day, so I would hate to get one that goes out every 3 minutes. But I guess I could just get *another* one.

          • Derek Gelinas

            If you don’t like the one they send you, then you call and tell them it’s no good and to send another. They don’t care. If you STILL can’t find one better than your phone somehow, just send the new ones back and keep your old phone. They don’t care what they get back, so long as it is the same number of nexus phones they sent out.

          • How are the screen colors? I got mines replaced for bad radios, then I got 2 replaced for “ugly screens”
            I had 2 units that had the yellowish screens.