Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean OTA update available for download, with a twist

by: Chris SmithJune 28, 2012

Android fans know by now that Google unveiled yesterday Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it’s next-gen mobile operating system that’s already found on board of the Google Nexus 7, its first tablet that was also launched yesterday.

Google said that Jelly Bean will be available to download as an over-the-air (OTA) update in July, but only a few selected devices including the Samung Nexus S, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Xoom tablet will get it initially.

Of course, that’s not really surprising considering that it’s not Google that handles software updates for the vast majority of Android devices out there. It’s up to Android device makers and their carrier partners to roll out Jelly Bean updates to supported devices, and we have no idea right now when that will happen, or what Android handsets and tablets will get Jelly Bean.

However, if you happen to own the Galaxy Nexus, you’ll be happy to hear that Jelly Bean OTA update is available for manual install. As always, there’s a catch: the update doesn’t fit all Galaxy Nexus versions out there, so if you’re not in possession of the “Takju” U.S. GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus you’re out of luck, as the 156MB update will not work on your Nexus device. Moreover, there’s a chance the update will only work with the Galaxy Nexus units handed out to developers at Google I/O, as those devices came with Ice Cream Sandwich installed.

Don’t despair though, worse case scenario you’ll have to wait a few more weeks for Google to roll out the OTA update that will work on all Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus versions, as well as on the Xoom tablet. Not to mention that until then developers may find a way to have Jelly Bean running on these devices and maybe even other smartphones and tablets. As expected, we’ll keep you in the loop on Jelly Bean updates, so keep following us for more Jelly Bean goodies!

  • riteshk

    My Tegra3 One X awaits!

  • Daryl Peris

    I believe there is a ROM already out for rooted GNexus users. It’s pretty much the final build.

  • sorry for me being a little noob in this regard, i have a quick question. How would i know if my galaxy nexus has “Takju” image? I’m planning to buy one Galaxy nexus and I’m not in US, so how could I get hands on a Takju Galaxy Nexus?

    • Takju is a build name, not a type of phone.
      You need to flash a the Takju build, available at the Google developers Site. My phone came with a yakjuwx build, and I updated it manually to Takju.

      • asim asim saleem

        if i update it takju …..can jeli bean ota arrived on my set after

  • extra_medium

    my nexus still gets stuck on the google logo trying to install the last OTA update from a month ago.. ugh

    • The Mcmullin

      If not rooted, you should root and you can install the latest update manually if you keep having issues. If you are tired, and still having these issues, it may be an issue with your superuser apk. Try updating it out using a different one. I had that issue…

      • mediumsizedrob

        Thanks, i finally bitched enough to verizon that they are just sending me a new phone. It appears i had the “no restore partition” issue that a few of these phones had.

  • Hey Guy’s One Question Can I Install The CWM Jelly Bean rom On Yakjuwx Or Do i have to Change?

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    Why hasn’t the update come yet?? :(

  • I have recently bought galaxy nexus, but i did not receive any OTA update of jelly bean on my device. Its saying its uptodate. and the version is still 4.04 only.. help me with this..

    • Amrinder Singh

      first root your 4.0.4 ….after 24 hours u see update is available

  • stevep45

    when is the update coming out for the galaxy nexus for telus

  • Amrinder Singh

    first of all 4.1 OTA is available only rooted Galaxy Nexus……first root your icecream sandwich and then after 24 hours go to settings >about phone >system update and u see 4.1 is available…….update and enjoy new Rom named Jelly Bean 4.1.1

  • choi

    how to root my android ics 4.0.4 pls tell me. what does rooting mean?

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  • Hendy

    For those who have trouble upgrading your phone to jelly bean and didn’t bought it at google play store you can check the tutorial here –