If you buy a Google Experience Device, like the Galaxy Nexus, with the stock version of Android and no overlays you can reasonably expect to get Android platform updates before everyone else, right? Well if you’re with Verizon apparently not. The carrier still has not rolled out OTA updates to Jelly Bean for Galaxy Nexus owners and what’s worse is that they won’t name a date.
As Maggie at CNET points out, the unlocked GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus already got its update. While the Galaxy Nexus at Verizon and Sprint is CDMA, that shouldn’t really have any impact on the carrier’s ability to update it. In reality the problem is that Verizon Wireless has rigorous testing procedures about the software and the roll out itself and it isn’t rushing.
Verizon customers have got to feel pretty annoyed about this. Every new version of Android offers up some tasty new features and Jelly Bean is no exception. Google Now and the ability to identify the source of notifications and turn them off for specific apps are the highlights for me, but there’s plenty in there to stoke your desire.
The whole point of buying a stock Android device without custom overlays from manufacturers is that you expect to get updates faster. To pour salt into the wound we’re also hearing that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be getting Jelly Bean, despite having Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface.
If you have a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon then you can either wait or you can try a custom ROM. If you want to give it a go then you could try this Jelly Bean ROM installation guide.
Let us know how you get on and what you think about Verizon being slow to upgrade the Galaxy Nexus. Is it enough to make you consider another carrier?