Jun 21 AT 3:47 PM Dustin Earley 44 Comments

Google lists HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus as the first to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean


Did Google just out the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus as the first device to get Jelly Bean (which is apparently coming “soon”), confirm that it will indeed by Android 4.1 (not 5.0) and give us a small, blurry look at what to expect with the next major update? Yes, yes and it looks like yes.

Thanks to the checkout page for the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus sold on Google Play, we now know that the next major release of Android, Jelly Bean, will be 4.1.

First spotted by an XDA member, I was not able to recreate the screenshot showing Jelly Bean in association with Android 4.1. But Kellex of DroidLife has been able to confirm that when purchasing the Galaxy Nexus through his account, the final confirmation page lists the device as, “the latest smartphone from Google, soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell…”

I was able to view a new icon for the Galaxy Nexus showing a modified Google search bar (the same one featured in the listing for the I/O 2012 app), assumed to be a part of Jelly Bean, lending even more credibility the the accuracy of today’s discovery.

At this point, we had already assumed that Jelly Bean would end up being Android 4.1, and that the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus would be the first device to receive the update. If anything, this is just a little bit of confirmation that we were thinking in the right direction.

Will we see Android 4.1, Jelly Bean unveiled at Google I/O next week? I think we can confidently say yes. As for when the update will actually reach HSPA+ handsets, “soon” could mean anything. Could be during the announcement, could be a month from now. Verizon and Sprint users, who knows how long it could take for your device to finally get the update. Hopefully it won’t be another six months like last time, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the wait extend into the 4th quarter of the year. Either way, we should know more in just a couple more days now.

Via: DroidLife

Source: XDA

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • YellowDucati

    Hoping for a shorter Verizon delay on this one.

    • amgala

      I’m running custom ROMS so I’ll be able to see the improvements of Jelly Bean before those who aren’t, but to those who are running stock Android, I hope you don’t have to wait long to get JB!

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Apple releases beta iOS for people to download, Verizon doesn’t seem to be bother by people installing a non-production OS. Google could and should do the same.

    • LukeT32

      When this story first broke a few hours ago I tried it and did not see the “jelly bean” information…

      And I am pretty confident VZW will take 4 months to update to JB just like the 4.0.4 update.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      Have you tried hoping for more realistic things, like cold fusion, time travel, peace on earth, and ending world hunger with a single grain of rice?

    • Smartz

      Root your phone and get jellybean the second it comes out. It takes 2 minutes to root your phone lol

  • halo0

    Ditching Verizon (and contracts) and importing that GSM GNex just keeps getting better and better!

    • Nate B.

      I am going to be doing the same thing. I am switching to strait talk. Importing the SGS III and buying the Gnex, and future Google and Galaxy phones. Just popping sims and micros for now on ;-p

      To bad they edited it back to just HSPA+. I went through like I was going to buy and it doesn’t say “Jell..” anymore. It still shows the new wallpaper though on the Gnex.

    • AppleFUD

      I waited for the S III announcement and then jumped on the $400 unlocked GSM nexus for us. . . everyone is happy thus far. I’ve gotten to the point where I just don’t want to hack and play around with my device to get the upgrades thus, I feel the trade off in hardware spec is worth it for what I need.

      • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

        Wow we’re like twins.

        Samesies, dude. Samesies.

  • Lightning7

    If this debuts with the Asus Nexus 7, there is a good chance for a quick Transformer Prime update! :D

  • Teacher

    > confirm that it will indeed by Android 4.1

    “by” and “be” aren’t the same.

    PLEASE hire a proofreader of some kind.

    • inviolable

      PLEASE get a life of some kind. There are many different types out there.

  • vitriolix

    Man… Dec 21 2012 is going to be an epic day. First the 4.1 update will be released from Verizon, then the world will end.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      I don’t think you’re familiar enough with Verizon timelines. That will be the initial schedule, but due to “problems found in testing”, the update will actually be released two weeks *after* the end of the world.

      • Hue Three of Five

        Verizon is going to throttle our existence on Dec 21, 2012 because people are using too much data on grandfathered unlimited plans.

  • Mix

    Is is better to order the Nexus from Google Play without renewing a cell contract or grab the Samsung Galaxy SIII with the ball and chain attached to it?

    I want the “best” Android experience but don’t quite know what my move will be yet, all input is welcomed!

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      If you’ve fulfilled your contract, it’s cheaper in the long-run to purchase your phone at full-price (assuming you can afford it), then go contract-free with a prepaid carrier like Straight Talk.

      • Mix

        I forgot to say I live in Canada….

        When my contract runs up I still get my plan deal (if you can call it that) but I can cancel at any time, which is really the only benefit. Pay as you go is not a cheap option at all, especially when you need data. I think I might just be more torn between the phones but I have no issue with dropping $500 on the Nexus so I don’t have to renew a 3-year contract.

        • Hue Three of Five

          You can probably get a GSM Google Play Nexus and use it on Att Prepaid in Canada. I am not sure how it works up there, but I think Att has prepaid plans with data for $50-$60 per month. Just make sure the Google Play Nexus will work on its network bands.

          • Mix

            I will look into this, thanks!

  • Hue Three of Five

    Verizon Lacks The Effort (that’s what LTE really stands for)

  • Sind

    Hmm I Don’t like the new search widget. The embedded one is was more elegant

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Nice to see Google selling phones directly has an actual reason behind it, to get updates out faster.

    I wonder what the next installment of Android will be after Jellybean, Key Lime Pie perhaps?

  • talktech

    Nice to know that Jelly Bean is coming out. And I have yet to receive ICS!

    • Max.Steel

      Buy a Nexus.

      • Leo209

        I agree, but the REAL Nexus… none of that fake Verizon Nexus crap. I made the mistake of buying the Gnex through Verizon. I sold that POS, paid the cancellation free, and bought the GSM Gnex. Best move IMO.

        • Smartz

          It boggles the mind of how many nexus users are scared to root their phone wow

        • Richard Yarrell

          It BOGGLES my mind to see people being VOTED DOWN for expressing what they experience. That makes no sense what so ever Leo209 is 100% right the FAKE GALAXY NEXUS resides on Verizon plain and simple. I share his experience and feelings getting out from Verizon and that overall experience is the BEST THING. My Galaxy Nexus is being sold Tuesday and on Wednesday I will be heading to Tmobile for the GALAXY S3. Then come November I will replace my Nexus with the new NEXUS with jellybean coming November. Vote me down too who cares.

          • squiddy20

            1. The fact that you make such a big deal of people down voting your posts as well as others pretty much means you do care, otherwise, why even comment on it?
            2. For many many months, you said you were “looking into” rooting. First with your “legendary” Evo 3D, then with your “pimp slapping” Galaxy Nexus, the latter of which being a developer phone, is possibly THE easiest phone to unlock/root. This is of course after telling me how rooting was for “2plus year old devices” while you had your OG Evo, which had a HUGE rooting community behind it (and still does). You claim to know all about Android, and yet you can’t even root the Galaxy Nexus. You complain about problems with the Galaxy Nexus that could very easily be solved with root.
            3. The Galaxy Nexus was advertised by Samsung, Verizon, AND Google as a Nexus phone. It is a Nexus phone. It even has the word “Nexus” in the name of the phone. How you come up with it being “fake” is utterly bewildering.

  • Nathan D.

    Make sense since the first nexus was only an hspa phone (T-Mobile only phone).

  • CJ LaFleur

    If I don’t get jelly bean on my GS3 within 3 months I’m gonna be really angry! Unfortunately there is no good alternative to Android. I love Android, but the updates just kill me. It’s really unbearable!

    • Zach

      You’re guaranteed to have it within 18 months, maybe…

  • SanzaBlancoAkA2C

    SMH @ my GSM Nexus Galaxy still being on 4.0.2. Hope the yakjuxw devices go straight to 4.1.

    • Big Red

      Smh don’t complain i’m on the Droid RAZR that still has 2.3.6……..were supposed to get ics in the next few days and then hopefully jelly bean….but no promises on that because of the Droid RAZR HD supposedly coming out in the coming Weeks:/

    • Leo209

      You should flash the “yakju” factory image to your nexus that way you’ll get direct Google updates. Just Google “Galaxy Nexus Toolkit” and download the program to do it. It takes a few steps but it isn’t hard. The program lets you do everything. You unlock the phone first, root the phone, then when you flash the stock Rom and unroot, you flash it with the “yakju” image. Then just re-lock the phone. When clicking on each step, the program walks you though it. Then you’ll have official 4.0.4, Just like factory :)

  • Orion78

    I been out of contract for about 2 weeks now from Sprint. I’m still using my OG EVO. I think I’m going to be rocking Nexus phones from here on out. Now do I get the Galaxy Nexus now or just wait till the fall for the new devices? Hmmmm?

    • Richard Yarrell

      I would wait till November for the new Nexus. Better hardware and software I see a possible quadcore NEXUS especially if made by Samsung. Be patient the NEXT NEXUS will be great.

      • squiddy20

        You just told someone else on another article “it makes no sense to wait” and here you are telling someone the exact opposite? Get your stupid story straight for once.

    • squiddy20

      I’d get the Galaxy Nexus now. If you think about it, unless the next Nexus is released first on Sprint (something I highly doubt), it’ll be a few months before it does get released. Nexus S? Released several months after T-Mobile with a 4G upgrade. Galaxy Nexus? Released about 5 or 6 months after Verizon’s stupid exclusivity crap.
      Then there’s the fact that (as I understand it), if you’re on a family plan with Sprint, you can basically swap your upgrade eligibility with other people on your plan who have an earlier upgrade. I say this because *if* the next Nexus comes to Sprint within a year or so (since there’s no real guarantee it’ll come to all carriers) you can still get it without incurring ETF fees or anything like that.
      Finally, the Galaxy Nexus is an awesome phone. Got mine about a month ago and have had CM9 on it less than a day after purchase. Works awesome. Will the next Nexus be even better? Undoubtedly. But we have no clue which carrier it’s going to first (unless its finally going to be released at the same time on all 4). Upon further reflection, I shouldn’t be telling you what to do/think. If you think you can stick with your OG Evo for the next 8+ months, that’s your call. Best of luck to you whatever you decide.

      • Orion78

        I’m going to get the Nexus today. If anything, I’ll just pass this to my GF whenever the new Nexus comes out. Lol Richy boy trying to give advice.

  • smokingdutches

    Install the latest AOKP and you wont ever worry about an OTA every again


  • spazby

    I am still surprised Jelly Bean is not a 5.0….

  • margarita cardenas

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, my phone updated today with the Jelly Bean version. It truly is faster.