Want Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus? Google pre-release now available

by: Andrew GrushSeptember 4, 2012

Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Pre-release

Last week Android Authority reported that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was finally coming to several Samsung devices that are long overdo. You would think that this would also mean Verizon’s version of the Galaxy Nexus – it is a Google flagship device after all.

For those eager to get it, there are custom ROMs out there that can unlock the Jelly Bean experience on the Verizon handset. Those who want something official instead, you can finally get it, but there is a catch though: this a Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean pre-release version, coming directly from Google.

Since it’s not the final release, would a custom ROM be better? Or should you wait until the final OTA arrives? That’s largely up to you. The pre-release version is reported to be quite stable, but again, proceed at your own risk.

If you aren’t comfortable with modding or flashing, you might want to wait until the final OTA release arrives. For the rest of us out there, this should prove to be pretty easy.

What if you’ve never done a custom or manual install before? No worries, everything is rather straightforward. A complete list of instructions makes it pretty painless, just follow the steps. The main thing is to make sure you get Verizon certification and unlock your bootloader, or else this won’t work.

Are you planning on upgrading to the Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean pre-release ROM or are you waiting for the official OTA release? The flashable ZIP files are available now, directly through Google for your downloading pleasure. Here’s a guide that will take you through the steps and give you the files needed.

  • derekross

    That guide is a bit dated now. You don’t even need to go that far by flashing back to IMM76K stock, then flashing IMM76Q minor update, then finally

    Now, you can just download http://www.filefactory.com/file/59kibd9f0auv/n/update_jro03o.zip, wipe everything, then flash that one single file. As long as you’re rooted of course. Have fun!

  • Nujad Bolivar

    Someone please tell me what the hell is going on with the Sprint version. This is ridiculous!

    • leoingle

      This is exactly why I am leaving Verizon and going to ATT or T-Mo. CDMA customers get screwed royally when it comes to AOSP.

  • DaEXfactoR

    If I install this will I receive the official OTA when it is released?

  • sonyboyj

    They better hurry with the final product and release that baby to canada asap

  • It’s easy you do not need to root just unlock bootloader download the zip file from your nexus when finished, reboot your phone into recovery go to team win find the file wipe data and cache even if you dont back up photos,contacts and etc. It’s in google+ and in your gmail account jus reinstall but after wiping everything install the zip you downloaded you have to find and put it in a folder once you’ve install the zip you have jelly bean let phone recover and in 10minutes you have jelly bean. You could find the zip on droidlife enjoy