Sep 11th, 2012

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]

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