Sprint confirms Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update, employee says Nexus S 4G update also coming

Published: September 6, 2012

Sprint Galaxy Nexus

Yesterday a rumor claimed that both the Sprint Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S 4G would finally receive their official Jelly Bean updates starting today, and now it looks like those reports have been confirmed. Sprint has updated its Galaxy Nexus support page with information about the device's update to Android 4.1.1, which the carrier says will be released today, September 6. The software version is JRO03R, and the update is said to include the usual Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now and expandable notifications. The Galaxy Nexus's software update page in Sprint's forums has yet to be updated with roll out information for the phone's Jelly Bean bump.

As for the Nexus S 4G, it appears that Sprint has yet to update any of its support pages with information on the NS4G's Android 4.1 update. However, a Sprint employee with the user name "RLCOLLECTOR68" has posted in a thread in the Nexus S 4G's support forum, claiming that the device's Jelly Bean update has begun a "slow roll out" from Google's servers. The employee adds that the update "will take little over a week" to reach all Nexus S 4G users.

That's all good news, right? Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S 4G owners that've actually received the update quite yet. Considering that the GSM versions of the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S have been running Jelly Bean for a couple of months now, though, I'm sure that many users of the Sprint models are just happy that their updates have finally been confirmed by Sprint. We'll update you when we've got more information on the Sprint Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G updates and their roll outs. Until then, the changelog from the Galaxy Nexus's support page is below.

  • Upgrades phone operating system to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
    • Smoother user interface
    • Enhanced Accessibility functions
    • Bi-directional text and other language support
    • User-installable keyboard maps
    • Expandable notifications
    • Ability to turn off notifications on an application specific basis
    • Shortcuts and widgets can automatically be re-arranged or re-sized to allow new items to fit on home screens
    • Android Beam – Use Android Beam to Bluetooth transfer data
    • Offline voice dictation
    • Improved voice search
    • Improved camera application
    • Google Wallet (for the Nexus 7)
    • High resolution Google+ contact photos
    • Google Now
    • Multichannel audio
    • USB audio added for external sound Digital to Analog Conversion
    • Audio chaining also referred to as Gapless Playback.  Gapless playback is the uninterrupted playback of consecutive audio tracks
  • Discontinuing support for Adobe Flash Player:
    • Adobe will not be certifying the Adobe Flash Player for Android Mobile devices that either release with or update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). 
    • Devices that upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, may exhibit unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1.  Adobe recommends uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.

Via Sprint, Sprint Community forums

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