Jelly Bean headed to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola XOOM in July, SDK available now

Google just took the wraps off their latest version of Android, Jelly Bean. Android 4.1 features plenty of awesome improvements, including the speed and smoothness of Project Butter, enhancements such as offline voice dictation, and a refined search experience featuring Google Now. So when can anxious Android users get their hands on all these awesome new features? For Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Nexus S, and Motorola XOOM owners, the answer is July. The update will touchdown via an over-the-air update.

Also available now is the Android 4.1 SDK for developers, who can dive right in and start crafting apps that take advantage of all the new features in preparation for the imminent launch of Jelly Bean.

Google wasn’t specific about if the July date includes both unlocked and carrier-bound devices, but we can only hope the wait for network-locked devices won’t be as long as the one Verizon users experienced leading up to the release of their Android 4.0.4 update.

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TAGS: io2012 , Motorola XOOM , Samsung Nexus S

  • Sincerely, George H

    You guys are fast! Holy cow, they just announced it!

  • Nicholas Snowdeal

    I just pee’d my pants a little bit with excitement!

  • wickets

    i think I;m going to cancel my S3 order and keep my galaxy out of the closet!

  • socalrailroader

    Wow, and premier devices like the Galaxy Note are STILL waiting for ICS>

    • socalrailroader

      Thank goodness for XDA, my Note i717 on AT&T is rocking 4.0.4.

    • Joe F’n C

      the galaxy note was a waste if you bought it. You need to think DEVELOPER when you buy something…not whats trendy.

      • Cameron John Schluchtner

        thats why im on the fence with the nexus 7

  • SavageJeep

    But how long before my ROM can have it for my device?!?!

    • Jeremy

      You’ll have to wait till Jelly Bean source code is released. That isn’t the same thing as the SDK

  • PC_Tool

    Source for 4.1 drops….when?

    • bakdroid

      Mid-July along with GNex, Nexus S, and Xoom (wifi, of course).

      • PC_Tool

        Want is naaaaaoooo….

        If they’d drop the source now, many of us would be running it in a matter of hours, ffs…

        I hate these product announcements that always lead to an inordinate amount of time … waiting.

        They demo’d it, it worked *really* well…it’s done. Right? Push it to AOSP already, guys. 3

        Whatever issues you may think it might still have…we’ll fix for you.

        (Yeah, I know JBQ isn’t reading this…let me vent in peace, eh?)

        ((…and apparently English is a second language for me today…))

        • bakdroid

          I actually think Google is making a huge mistake releasing JB. ICS is just finally starting to make some sort of movement on devices and now another revision drops. If anything, they should have just made this part of ICS as an incremental update. Much like Eclair dropped with 2.0 and then went to 2.1 but still called Eclair. The amount of changes don’t really denote a new name, IMO. All this is going to do is alienate more people who are still waiting for ICS and make them want to go over (or back) to iOS.

          • PC_Tool

            I think the idea here is to push them to Nexus, actually…might work…might backfire.

            …and I really don’t think anyone who doesn’t have ICS yet was expecting to get JB….regardless of the number.

            I do like that they not only announced the OTA schedule, but made a point of including the Nexus S…I just wish they’d drop the source the day of the announcement.

  • j

    Still waiting for ICS on my razr maxx… :-(

    • John Mozelewski

      ull get it soon enough but my nexus will have jelly bean by then

  • Brian Menius

    Any word on Bluetooth MAP support?

  • toomuchgame441

    So glad I have a Galaxy Nexus…

  • bakdroid

    Not too sure about the phone UI on a 10.1 screen. Will take some getting use to. But, I can see it as a simplicity move to keep your phone and tablet looking the same.

    • harold

      Why is it a phone UI?

  • Marsg

    yes yes gime butter

  • scott lathrop

    Good week to be a Nexus owner.

  • DanWazz

    Dear Verizon,

    Don’t flub this update, too. We already hate you enough.

    G-Nex owners

  • Ryan5609

    Verizon update will be dead last for some reason. Count on it.

  • Mitchmoney

    the perks of buying a Galaxy Nexus!!!!!!!

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    Sweet! Loving my Xoom on ICS, can’t wait to see what JB does for it. THIS is why I went with the wifi only version — pure GED.

  • averymlewis

    Mehhhhh, have this GS3 with no Jelly Bean…….. lol IDC it won’t be long before cyanogenmod puts together a rom ;)

  • DavidVarghese

    And we play the waiting game for other non-Nexus manufacturers (eg) HTC to release 4.1 to their consumers…

  • YellowSnow

    I’ve never regretted buying my Xoom. It’s over a year old and still haven’t seen anything on store shelves that I want to replace it with. Even so, I just can’t get excited about 4.1. Maybe the “Smooth as butter” thing will be worthwhile.

  • NyReynolds

    i guess i’m missing something but if 4.1 is an ota for the g nexus phones at google io couldnt the ota be pulled and ported to other g nexus? just a question.

  • Treyhunnid

    good ol g-nex…best phone out
    good ol wifi xoom…best tab out
    Best purchases ive made w/ android…

  • harold

    Xoom and jelly bean sweet

  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    When I updated to 4.0.4 it unrooted my G-Nex. I was thinking about not rooting it again because I’m content with stock ICS. If Verizon treats Jellybean like they did 4.0.4 though I’m definitely rooting. I gotta have GOOGLE NOW!

  • Cameron John Schluchtner

    am i the only one that will miss the tablet ui :/

  • Minja Miketa

    With the SDK I expect a port slapped together in a few days. It won’t be perfect, but I am sure it will happen.

  • Aslan N.L. Bollin

    Numerous manufacturers still have yet to update to ICS. I hate to think how long till they update to JB if they ever do.

  • No_Nickname90

    Can I have some Jelly Beans? I wasn’t fortunate enough to pick up a GS3, but I might be able to pick up a Nexus 7. I lyk Jelly Beans!! Especially the weird flavored ones. =.P

  • Jonathan Navi

    Verizon, don’t be a douche.

  • Rajiv Kanumilli

    Kinda of feel in bad that i didn’t wait for the s3 but now I’m good!

  • Tony Rougeau

    I’m still waiting for my update to 4.0.4 on my unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus. So I’m not so hopeful :-(

    • avenuePad

      Yeah, it’s disappointing that Samsung is responsible for pushing out updates for certain Galaxy Nexus phones. It’s actually maddening, since the Nexus is supposed to be supported directly by Google. That’s the main reason to buy the phone.

  • Jason Asianface

    Xoom is getting Jelly Beam!? AWESOME!! Even though it’s the first Android tablet but it still gets tons of love from Google. Can’t wait until my Xoom gets the update :D

  • Steven Wesley Wantz

    Motorola Xoom owner here…no update yet…7 days to go…