Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus finally gets Jelly Bean, starting today

by: Andrew GrushSeptember 21, 2012

Verizon Galaxy Nexus

When you buy a Nexus device, you expect quick upgrades to the latest and greatest compatible version of Android. In most cases, Google has done a good job with this. Unfortunately, Google can only control so much and leaves many of the details up to individual carriers.

Nearly two months after GSM variants were upgraded to Jelly Bean, Sprint finally managed to get the upgrade out to the Nexus on September 6th. Now it is Verizon’s turn. Better late than never, I suppose. The upgrade will roll out in waves starting today and should reach all Verizon Nexus users within two weeks.

How do you upgrade? Normally an OTA like this would simply show up with a prompt telling you about the new version’s availability. For some reason, Verizon has elected to offer this only through WIFI, likely to cut down on data traffic caused by upgrading. To ensure you get the update as quickly as possible, make sure your WIFI is toggled on. After ensuring you are running on WIFI you can always manually check for an upgrade under the “System Updates” section.

Is Jelly Bean worth the update? Yes it certainly is. From faster overall performance to the new “Google Now” search features, there is a lot to love in Android 4.1. Perhaps the jump isn’t as huge as from 2.x to 4.0, but there are still significant changes in stability, ease of use and overall performance.

Does anyone own the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus? Did your update arrive yet?

  • “Does anyone own the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus? Did your update arrive yet?” Yes, I own it, but my update arrived weeks ago in the form of Bugless Beast. :)

  • Scorpineo

    Lots of people are actually getting lower battery life due to Jelly Bean. Do a search on XDA:

    battery life jelly bean ics

  • EagerBeaver

    Nope…still no Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update (at least in the DC area). :(
    It appears Verizon is as slow distribute the updates to the phones (once the have the tested build) as it is to get the updates out in general.

  • Yay

    Own the galaxy nexus on verizon and the update arrived this morning!!

    • TechyJosh

      Is this phone worth getting? I really want it for my upgrade in December. Thanks!