Sprint Nexus devices now getting Android 4.1 (for real this time)


After a false start led us to believe Sprint would be launching Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G last week, Sprint has finally pushed the update for the Google devices.

It’s being sent out via an over-the-air process, and it sounds like it will be a staggered process so you may not see it right away (though we understand many have already).

There’s a new Google Search experience on Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus with a new user interface and faster, more natural Voice Search. You can type your query or simply ask Google a question. Google can speak back to you, delivering a precise answer, powered by the Knowledge Graph, if it knows one, in addition to a list of search results.

Additionally, Jelly Bean provides the following enhancements to Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus:

  • Google Now, which gets you just the right information at just the right time, like how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform
  • Expandable, actionable notifications allowing you to take action directly from the notifications shade
  • Android Beam™ now lets you send photos and more
  • Widgets work like magic: as you place widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room; when they’re too big, widgets resize on their own

It took a bit of time, but it’s better late than never. And there’s at least one more carrier who we’re still waiting on to catch up — let’s see if you can figure out who that is in the comments section below. Go ahead and check for the upgrade on your Sprint Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G right now. [Sprint]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. This blog becomes extremely boring. 50% of daily posts are either about so-and-so phone is coming to so-and-so vendor; 30% – so-and-so phone gets ICS/JB/etc; 20% – deals. Where is all interesting stuff? Where are opinions? Have you guys become too lazy?

    1. I’m starting to wish a new patent battle starts, so I could at least read something below the titles.

    2. There’s a simple solution to your little “problem”: if you don’t like it, then don’t come here. There’s at least a dozen Android specific websites based in the US alone. Surely ONE of them would better suit your “needs”.

      1. Sure this “solution” is simple enough, but unlike many here, who joined the crowd just recently, I’ve been reading the blog since ’09 and parting with it would be harder. And it just saddens me to see how it turns into a spam box.

        1. Then contact the writers/moderators/editors/head honchos in private to ask about changing it up a little. You’ll surely get a better response.

  2. got yesterday at 4 pm est Michigan update is sweet

  3. Hey Verizon, wake up!

    1. They can’t hear u they are in deep sleep. They’re dreaming of stealing all of their customer’s money… oh wait, that’s not a dream

  4. Quit crying dude

  5. I got my GN update a week ago, force the update by going to settings, apps, go to all, find Google services framework, force stop, clear the data and then the cache. Go to sistem update, it will say last update check in 1969, hit check now and you should get it. It took me three tries but it works.

    1. Tried this method. Worked after 2 tries. Thanks for posting. Whoever it was that voted your post down, probably didn’t even try it.

    2. thanks- just tried this and it
      worked on my second time!

    3. Is this only for gn? I tried about 5 times on my nexus s 4g and got nothing. I’ll keep trying!

      1. Me too. 5x on Nexus S 4G with no luck. Oh well.

  6. First of all LTE LTE LTE nough said…..Yesterday’s announcement of 100 cities is just a promise so people will flock to the iphone 5 release and sign up for next contracts.

  7. There is always interesting stuff being posted. Stuff that I don’t ever hear or read about. Just like the other guy said. Go somewhere else or write them a tear dropping letter and let them know how you feel

  8. This is getting really annoying. Verizon customers have been waiting for over 3 month to get the update. Now that Sprint is getting it were is Verizon. They are there like they do not care at all about getting us this update. This is how you anger customers.

    1. Don’t feel too bad for yourself, at least your phone can run at real 4g speed whereas those on sprint are tied to horrible slow 3G and WiMAX *shudders*

  9. that’s why I left Verizon when I had a xperia play and switched to sprint with my jb nexus just sayin

  10. Can’t decide if verizon is incompetent or evil.

    1. What on earth could possibly be holding you back from calling them evil? Seriously?

  11. Still no JB on my Nexus S 4G. Grrr. :/

  12. 1 word Cyanogenmod.

  13. Just got JB 4.1.1 on Nexus S 4g last night on Sprint…

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