Android 4.1.2 OTA Update Rolling Out For Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S And Motorola XOOM

After rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Nexus 7, Google has started rolling out the 4.1.2 OTA updates for the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola XOOM.

The Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S will bring with it some bug-fixes and performance improvements, along with the ability to expand notifications via a single finger gesture.

Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S owners can download the OTA update zip file from here and here, respectively. Owners of Nexus S (I9020 and 9023 variants) can manually install the update by downloading the OTA update, renaming it to ”” and then transferring it to their handset. Then, reboot your handset into recovery mode by pressing the Volume Up and Power key and finally select the ‘install’ option.

The steps to manually install the OTA update on the Galaxy Nexus are a bit complicated, but if you are still interested, then head over to this thread on XDA for the steps.

Owners of the Wi-Fi variant of the Motorola XOOM will be automatically notified when the update is available for their tablet. The 4G LTE variant of the XOOM and the Galaxy Nexus will get the update only after Verizon is done with its internal quality testing, which can take quite a while.

Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update Is Live!

Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners, consider yourself lucky today! Verizon has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the CDMA Galaxy Nexus. For a “limited time”, Verizon is only rolling out the update in phases over Wi-Fi.

The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will bring with it an enhanced keyboard, improved Face Unlock, Project Butter that makes Android as smooth as iOS, Google Now with enhanced Voice Search, an updated notification bar with expandable notifications and more. There is also a new radio which should hopefully improve the 3G to 4G hand-off, signal reception and boost battery life.

Since the update is being rolled out in phases, the OTA update might take sometime to hit your Galaxy Nexus. You can try to manually pull the update from Verizon servers by going to Settings -> About Phone and then selecting the ‘System Updates’ option. Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before trying to pull the update from Verizon’s servers though.

Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus And Nexus S 4G To Taste Jelly Bean Today

It looks like Sprint will beat Verizon in being less sucky on releasing updates for the Nexus devices. Some leaked documents have confirmed that Sprint will start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Nexus beginning from today. An official Sprint spokesperson also confirmed on Sprint forums that the carrier will be rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S 4G from today as well.

Sprint has not started rolling out the OTA update but should do so before the day ends. The official OTA is already available in a .tar form over at XDA forums, for users who are interested in manually installing the update on their handset.

The Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus will bring with it some major speed enhancements making Android smooth as ‘butter’. There are also some slight UI tweaks, an enhanced keyboard

For a Nexus handset, Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners had to wait nearly two months to get the official OTA update, which is downright disappointing. On the bright side, Sprint managed to beat Verizon in their ‘software testing’ and rolled out the JB update for the GNexus before the big Red.

Via – Android Police

Jelly Bean Factory Images For Nexus S, Nexus 7 And Galaxy Nexus Now Available

The Android team over at Google has had a busy month. After rolling out the Jelly Bean OTA update  for the Galaxy Nexus and pushing its source code to AOSP, the team rolled out a minor OTA update for the Nexus 7. After this, they rolled out the Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM.

Last night, the Android team at Google performed the last step of a successful Jelly Bean roll-out by uploading the stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean factory images for the Nexus 7, Nexus S and the GSM Galaxy Nexus, before probably going on a long holiday. These stock Jelly Bean factory images are handy for developers or advanced users, when a bad custom ROM installation leaves them recovery-less.

Sadly, the factory images are not available for the CDMA variants of the Nexus S (Sprint) and the Galaxy Nexus (Verizon) thanks to some proprietary CDMA blobs. Worse, Nexus S 4G and Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners need to wait for at least a few more weeks before they get the Jelly Bean update on their handset, all thanks to their operator’s rigorous ‘testing’.

The factory images for the Nexus S, Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus can be downloaded from here.

Via – Droid-Life

Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OTA Update Rolling Out Now!

Yesterday, Google pushed Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to AOSP thus kickstarting development for Jelly Bean based custom ROMs. Today, the company has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus. Back at I/O 2012, Google had announced that it will push the OTA update for the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola XOOM and the Nexus S sometime in mid-July. The big-G managed to beat itself by a good 4 days, which will definitely be appreciated by a lot of impatient Android users.

Apart from the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7 is also receiving an OTA update to Android 4.1.1. Next in line for an official Jelly Bean OTA update are the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM, which should hopefully get the update within the next week. Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean makes Android buttery smooth, and puts the OS on par with iOS and WP7 in terms of smoothness.

Read: A Review Of The Preview Build Of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Oh! and Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners please don’t ask when you will get the Jelly Bean OTA update. Verizon will make sure that the Jelly Bean OTA update for the CDMA Galaxy Nexus is delayed by at least a month or so, all thanks to its “testing”.

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Hits AOSP; Verizon Galaxy Nexus Gains AOSP Support

Good news for all Android ROM developers out there. Google has released the source code of Jelly Bean in AOSP under the branch ‘jb-dev’. Considering that the OTA update for Jelly Bean is still not out, it is nice to see Google release the source code before that. Also, the Jelly Bean version pushed to AOSP is slightly newer than the preview build that Google had released back at I/O 2012 – Android 4.1.1 vs 4.1.

The release of source code means that owners of Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and XOOM can create a stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean build right from AOSP, and install it on their phone. Most importantly, source code will allow developers to work on Jelly Bean based custom ROMs. The CM team has already confirmed that CM10 will be based on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, and will support all the devices that ran Ice Cream Sandwich. The CM team also stated today that CM10 nightlies will not start rolling out immediately. They will start rolling out once the CM team manages to merge all the changes in Jelly Bean properly, without breaking anything.

Last week, Google confirmed that the Nexus S 4G is now fully supported in AOSP. Today, Google has posted all the binaries for the “toro” Galaxy Nexus a.k.a the CDMA variant of the handset. This puts the CDMA variant of the Galaxy Nexus at the same level of support in AOSP as the GSM version.This does not mean that Verizon will roll-out OTA updates quicker for the phone. Instead, users can always compile a build themselves from AOSP and install it on their phone.

Galaxy Nexus Back On The Play Store With A Delivery Time Of 1-2 Weeks

Last week, Apple managed to get preliminary injunction against the sales of the Galaxy Nexus in the United States, which was later followed by the removal of the handset from sale on Google Play Store. Google and Samsung also confirmed that they are working on an OTA update to remove the universal search patent in question, on which basis Apple was granted the injunction.

Well, Google has once again re-listed the Galaxy Nexus on the Play Store with an expected delivery date of 1-2 weeks. There is no clear reason as to why Google has re-listed the handset for sale on the Play Store once again, considering Apple’s preliminary injunction is still valid. However, the court did temporarily remove the ban on the handset awaiting Apple’s response. Even if that is the case, the handset still has a delivery time of 1-2 weeks, in contrast to its immediate availability before this.

The only logical explanation here is that since the device has a delivery time of 1-2 weeks, it will be running on Jelly Bean, which does not infringes on any of the Apple’s patent(s). Whatever the case may be, the tempting price of the Galaxy Nexus along with all the attention it has been getting thanks to the Apple’s legal team is surely enough to give the handset’s sale a slight boost.

Galaxy Nexus No Longer Available In The Play Store; OTA Update Coming Soon To Remove Universal Search

Remember the preliminary injunction that Apple got against the sale of the Galaxy Nexus in the United States? Apple had appealed that the Galaxy Nexus infringes on four of its patents, and the judge agreed to it, and handed a preliminary injunction on the sale of the Galaxy Nexus in the United States on the basis of the four patent – universal search.

Well, things just went from bad to worse for Samsung as the judge has ruled out Samsung’s request to remove the ban on the sale of the handset in the U.S. Soon after this decision, the Galaxy Nexus was also taken off from sale from Google’s Play Store.

The good news is that both Samsung and Google are working hard on releasing an OTA update that will remove the universal search feature from the Galaxy Nexus. The OTA update should take only a few days before it’s ready for a roll-out. Samsung can once again file for a motion to dissolve the injunction once the OTA update is live in the United States.

What truly saddens me is that Judge Koh instead of bashing both the companies for their stupidity, is banning the sales of products left and right. She had earlier granted Apple an injunction against the sale of the Galaxy Tab in the United States. This patent war is getting out of hand, and it’s high time something is done to fix it.

Via – AllThingsD

A Review Of The Preview Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Build

Last week was an eventful one for all Android fans out there. Not only did Google unveil the much-rumored Nexus 7 tablet, it also released the “world’s first social media player” – the Nexus Q – and a new version of Android – Jelly Bean.

Read: A Visual Tour Of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Jelly Bean, unlike Ice Cream Sandwich, is not a big update. It improves the under-pinning’s of Ice Cream Sandwich to make the UI more “butter”-y smooth, along with introducing some minor UI changes and most importantly the next form of Search, Google Now.

I have been using the preview build of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on my Galaxy Nexus for a little more than 72 hours now (Okay, probably more than that!), and here is what I think about it.

Project Butter

Apart from Google Now, Project Butter is definitely the highlight of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. So does it work? It definitely does.

I have always used a custom ROM on my Galaxy Nexus along with a tweaked performance-optimized kernel for that smooth, lag-free experience. Jelly Bean however takes smoothness to a different level all-together. Over the last four-five days, I have not encountered a single slow-down or lag, even after I loaded my Galaxy Nexus with more than 150+ apps.

All the usual places in Ice Cream Sandwich where there was always a slight lag including the Recent app menu, opening the call log, and swiping through the Widgets tab in the launcher have completely vanished in Jelly Bean. The Recents app menu, especially, opens up way faster than before and feels much more responsive. Even the stock launcher is now as fast, if not faster, as popular third party launchers like Apex or Nova.

Considering this is just the preview build of Jelly Bean, things are definitely going to get better in the final build. The argument that Android is not as smooth as iOS and Windows Phone and can never be so, is dead now. Android is now as smooth as iOS and Windows Phone in every aspect.

Oh! And the new Swiftkey like keyboard? It’s good but still no match for Swiftkey’s brilliant prediction system.

Updated Camera app and Notification Bar

If the new Camera app in Ice Cream Sandwich was a huge step-up compared to the Gingerbread one, the updated app in Jelly Bean absolutely nails the experience.

In Ice Cream Sandwich, browsing the pics you have already clicked from your phone using the Camera app was clunky and slow. The updated app fixes that issue and makes browsing through the pictures a breeze.

The new notification bar is definitely going to be appreciated by a lot of Android users. Google has once again proved that Android will always stay ahead of iOS and WP when it comes to the notification system of its mobile OS.

Up until now, I have not come across any third party app that takes advantage of the new notification bar, which is pretty much obvious. The ability to read a full SMS or see the header(s) of multiple emails right from the notification bar is really useful. As third party apps start taking advantage of this new feature, things are only going to get better.

Google Now

I am not going to talk much about Google Now here because it really has not worked for me. Over the last few days, I have seen a lot of people telling how useful Google Now is, and how it automatically tells them the shortest route from their Home to Office or vice-versa.

I’m not sure what’s wrong but Google Now has not worked for me. It might be because it does not have much location data about me, since I have always had Google Latitude turned off and probably because I spend all my day in front of a computer, and the night sleeping. I am going to give Google Now at least a week from today so that it can collect relevant information about me, before calling it a success or failure.

Apart from the above said features, Jelly Bean packs in quite a lot of minor changes and UI updates that will be definitely appreciated by Android users. Google has made sure that with Jelly Bean, the growth of Android as a platform does not slow down. Now, if only the big-G could do something about the poor update schedule of non-Nexus Android devices.

Apple Gets Preliminary Injunction Against The Sale Of Galaxy Nexus In The United States

The Patent war has taken the mobile industry by a storm. Companies have started spending more money on lawyers and suing the heck out of its competitors, instead of innovating and releasing new products. Apple has been at the center of the patent war suing each and every Android OEM maker out there or any product that threatens its iDevices. Up until now, Apple had managed to get a ban on Galaxy Tab sales in some regions of the world, along with a short ban on the import of the HTC One series, including the EVO 4G LTE, in the United States.

Today, a U.S judge has granted Apple a pre-trial injunction against the sale of the Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus in the United States. This means that Samsung/Google won’t be allowed to sell the Galaxy Nexus in the United States until the trial begins sometime in late-July. Apple has alleged that Samsung has infringed on four of its patents, including Slide to unlock, word suggestions, link actions and universal search. The judge granted the pre-trial injunction against the universal search patent, which Apple states is an integral part of Siri.

The situation in the mobile industry has definitely gotten worse thanks to the patent wars, and I’m pretty sure this ban on sale of Galaxy Nexus is not going to go down well with Google and Samsung. Looks like it’s time for Google to make use of all that patents it got access to, when it purchased Motorola.

Via – Reuters