Android superhero Jean-Baptiste Queru has reminded us once again that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is in fact, a Nexus. It may not get updates in a timely manner. It may not get updates before other non-Nexus devices get updates, but dammit, it’s a Nexus.
JBQ has pushed Android 4.1.1 JRO03O factory images to join the ranks of other Nexus devices at their usual location. What exactly does this mean? These images will do you good if you happen to flash a bad ROM or do run into issues tweaking and customizing your Nexus device. Think of them as a fail safe to go back to a stock, out of the box and freshly installed over the air update experience. If you’re not an Android hacker, cracker, or flasher, you need not worry about these.
Besides blessing us with factory images for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, JBQ has also provided the development community with the latest build of propriety Nexus binaries over at Google’s Nexus drivers page. The latest batch of binaries work with the android-4.1.1_r6 release and master branch. According to Jean-Baptiste Queru, the most noteworthy changes with the newer binaries are for the Nexus 7, supporting GPS and include a high-precision touchscreen firmware. The latter part of that statement may address issues floating around various forums surrounding touch screen responsiveness on the Nexus 7.
Jean-Baptiste Queru, Technical Lead, Android Open Source Project:
I’ve published a full set of proprietary JRO03R binaries at the
usually location https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/drivers
Those binaries work with the android-4.1.1_r6 tagged release and with
the master branch (but not with jb-dev).
Noteworthy changes: for grouper (i.e. Nexus 7), the new binaries
support GPS, and include a high-precision touchscreen firmware.
I’ve also updated the graphics libraries for PandaBoard, and I’ve
included the JRO03O factory image for mysid (i.e. VZW Galaxy Nexus).