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!