The GSM Galaxy Nexus, Motorola XOOM, Nexus S and the Asus Transformer Pad 300 have all tasted Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean until now, thanks to them either being a Nexus device or an OEM maker that actually cares about its device owners. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is, however, missing from the list thanks to its CDMA baseband. Even though the Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus should be a true Nexus handset, the proprietary CDMA binaries and Verizon’s software testing have made the phone just another Android handset on the big red’s network.
It has been more than a month now since Google rolled out Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to the Galaxy Nexus, and yet there has been no sign of Verizon releasing the update for its CDMA Galaxy Nexus owners. The update is presumably under testing from Verizon for any bugs before the carrier rolls out the update to all Galaxy Nexus owners.
While Verizon still has not released the update officially, one lucky Galaxy Nexus owners got the update on his handset and has extracted it for all other Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners to enjoy. The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus also contains a new radio that is said to improve reception for some of the Galaxy Nexus owners. If you have root access on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus, you can flash the leaked Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean radio via CWM from here.
If you cannot wait for the official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update to land, you can manually install the leaked JRO03O Jelly Bean update on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus if you have root access. The CWM flashable zip file of the leaked update can be found here.