Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Now Rolling Out To Unlocked Galaxy Nexus (HSPA+)


Good news for those of you who own an unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ version. After being made available first to Google I/O attendees as part of a “developer preview,” it now looks like Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is finally rolling out for the rest of us (even my beautiful, clean, white Galaxy Nexus). Google announced the news via their Nexus Google+ page saying,

The rollout of Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, begins today, starting with Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices.

Jelly Bean makes everything feel fast, fluid, and smooth. Notifications are expandable and actionable, widgets are magical and the keyboard is smarter and more accurate:

Jelly Bean also features a redesigned search experience, with a new user interface and faster Voice Search. You can type your query or simply ask Google a question. Google can speak back to you, delivering a precise answer if it knows one, in addition to a list of search results.

Google Now is also part of the updated Google app, getting you just the right information at just the right time. Google Now tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, or your favorite team’s score as they’re playing. There’s no digging required: cards appear at the moment you need them most.

If you’ve got a Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ device, you will receive a prompt alerting you to the update over the next several days. Up next for Jelly Bean: all Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Motorola Xoom and of course, Nexus 7, which will ship with Jelly Bean later this month.

I’ve been running Jelly Bean on my Google I/O edition Galaxy Nexus for weeks now and I haven’t once looked back. Been enjoying myself so much, I haven’t even been bit by the “root bug” — it’s that good.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. So jealous as my VZ GN is still on ICS but thats ok. I haven’t had the getup and go to root it just yet. What is a good stable rom right now for VZ and a good guide :D

    1. just check out the stock JB build on XDA. It’s money. I was having studdering issues with the Vicious build /. franco kernal. I’ve ran Franco / Liquid before w.o issues, but not in this instance.

      1. is their a cdma version, i only see the hspa listed…gonna go look again has to be something

    2. Your better off rooting it than waiting for big red, if you do, your probably waiting for a long time.

  2. Sweet!

  3. Do they say 4.1 because it’s the basic number for Jelly Bean, or is it the exact version we’ll get with this update?
    I thought it would be 4.1.1, like on the Nexus 7.

    1. it’s 4.1.1. Just updated my gnex.

      1. Ok, logical.
        Thank you.

  4. I’m patiently waiting :)

  5. OTA link for 4.1.1 for GSM Galaxy Nexus is available on xda ( ). Applying the update is easy as pie :)

  6. Is there a way to do this manually now?

  7. Those using the Google IO version of jelly Bean Will receive This update too?

  8. Waiting patiently for someone to post the image somewhere….

  9. Sure would like it for my Samsung S Galaxy 3! But I do love Ice cream sandwich. Any chance before the 4th quarter?

    1. Meh .. Let the GNex ppl sort the bugs now so when JB hits our s3’s its superb !!

      1. yh, by the time we GNex ppl will be on the next version :)

    2. While I generally don’t like Samsung’s updates record, they seem very vested in providing updates for Galaxy S3 as fast as possible, so you might see it before the end of the year. That is of course if Samsung doesn’t have too many problems adding their bloated TouchWiz to JB.

      1. I think most of the problems could be the carriers in US. Around the world surely GS3 will get that soon.

  10. Redesigned search experience? Does that mean the search experience is now neutered due to Apple’s litigious bullshit?

    1. Nope. There are people on XDA who have it and have confirmed universal search is still there.

  11. Is this for yakju hspa? Or just takju

    1. takju. Though you can head over to XDA and download a rooted version of the takju OTA for yakju devices.

  12. have it. love it. get it!

  13. “… next several days… all Galaxy Nexus… ”

    Meh. I’ve heard that before. Meanwhile Canada lingers on 4.0.1.

    1. Hmm, so ‘all Galaxy Nexus’ doesn’t include the carrier branded GNex’s? :D

  14. Thats almost as bad a releasing the razr then releasing the razr maxx the ppl that pre ordered the razr was pissed off cuz u could get the same phone but with a better battery

  15. What about Sprint GNex?

    1. sorry to tell you this but your galaxy nexus won’t get jelly bean or at least 3 to 4 months. I was tired of the way so I finally flashed my nexus back to stock yakju from yakjuwx and then I received a jelly bean within 5 minut Thank good for tool kits! I mean I know how to root and backup but I had no idea how to flash a stock recovery image to bring my nests Nexus back to GOOGLE stock. Thank you xda and mark sippen, I’m donating as soon as I Get paid.

  16. IT’S SO FREAKING SMOOTH! By far the best update for Android… ever? So smooth. So buttery smooth.

    1. I think ics was the best

  17. Does this mean my Galaxy Nexus that I ordered from the Play Store will finally ship?

  18. I am so happy, after the wait for froyo, gingerbread (on my N1) and 4.04 (on my gN)
    I thought it would still be weeks away, since in my previous experiences when they said, released in the coming weeks it was a few months before the rollout began.

    Glad to see Google taking their own deadlines more serious…..and ofc EVEN MORE GLAD when I see 4.1 popping up on my phone…..Must have GOOGLE NOW, NOW!!!! :P

  19. Sure hope they fix the data dropping bug with this one. The IO version didn’t and it is the single worst thing about the Nexus.

  20. Has anyone got the update OTA yet? I thought for sure by now i would have it

    1. I haven’t received the OTA notification yet. Even checked manually and still no dice. I’m running takju software version of the galaxy nexus. I think it will take a few more days before the update reaches my device.

  21. Jelly Bean is a major improvement in the right step. Don’t care for Google now but everything else is butter. Can’t wait til the next one. All I have to say to Google don’t be like Ubuntu and mess up a good thing. Longtime user of Ubuntu and been with them during the Good, The Bad and Unity. But I agree with you Chris once you go to Jelly Bean you won’t go back.

  22. Anyone with a yakjuxw get the ota yet? Please tell me I don’t have to wait longer

  23. Has anyone got it yet?!?

  24. The author says his white Nexus has/is getting the update? I thought these had a different build, not yakju or takju? Can someone clarify?

  25. finally got it today!

  26. Got my jelly bean today and it is smooth!

  27. Got the update after I forced it using the instructions xda developers gave. it worked for me :)

  28. Running Yakju and have not received yet. Just an fyi.

  29. They NEED to give the Jelly Bean to those of us that have ICS. Cause ICS SUCKS.

  30. Only thing im dissapointed in for an incrementl update is the fct that android’s inability to voice dial a contact properly because it cant get a name correct. Regardless if that name is American, foreign, or different. Huge downer, especially since google now can answer how tall is the empire state building, but i can barely get it o voice dial correctly consistently. Google needs to fox this.

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