Sprint is all set to finally roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to its Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G handsets on Sep. 6. The recent versions of Google Nexus phones on Sprint are too late to get the new Android update. The delay may be due to the unavailability of the firmware for CDMA phones. Sprint is now going to launch Jelly Bean to the handsets two moths after their GSM counterparts received the updates.
Android Central has leaked the report with a screenshot that it claims as coming from Sprint’s internal systems. The screenshot is of a letter, which states that the Galaxy Nexus’ software update will be FH05 and the Nexus S 4G’s firmware update will be JRO03R. Both the updates will hit the devices on Sept. 6, the letter states. Meanwhile, giving more stability for the rumor, the following memo (posted by Android Authority) is being distributed among Sprint’s employees and stores.
Software updates for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (L700) and Nexus S 4G will be available beginning Thursday, 9.6.12. Galaxy Nexus Software Version: FH05 Nexus S Software Version: JRO03R Software updates will be pushed to all handsets via Google. Customers cannot initiate a download on their own.”
Firmware update for Nexus and Nexus S 4G
The memo from Sprint further states that the firmware update will make the handsets faster and smoother for use. “Upgrades Device Operating System to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Fastest and smoothest version of Android released Better search experience Expandable, actionable notifications A smarter keyboard And more!” Indeed, Jelly Bean update is a great product since it can add many more features and capabilities to an Android handset through the update.
The Galaxy Nexus is one of Samsung’s recent Android handsets. The device was built as Google’s third Nexus phone and it premiered Android 4.0 ICS in December 2011. The device, however, has not been a huge market success due to some hardware shortcomings and the brisk arrivals of many rich products after its release.
The Galaxy Nexus’ shipment was banned in the U.S. following an Apple copyright infringement suit against it. The Cupertino tech maker accused Samsung as developing the handset infringing on a couple of its patents like the voice based web search. But, Samsung managed to thwart the shipment ban with its update to the Jelly Bean. While making the update, Samsung removed the contentious features.
Nevertheless, the carriers could only deliver the OTA update of the firmware to the already customers of the handset a bit late. Sprint is just going to start the process, which may take a few weeks to finish. That is many users will only get the firmware update some later. Anyway, the Nexus will do perform great with the update.
Nexus S 4G is actually the next precursor to the Galaxy Nexus. The device is the second version of Google’s Nexus phone and it is also from Samsung. The device brought us Android 3.2 Gingerbread early last year. The device has a 4-inch display, 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor with Hummingbird chipset. The Jelly Bean update may certainly refresh the machine.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update features many exciting things. You have a variety of features like Project Butter for boosting CPU performance, Android Beam for NFC-based proximal data transfers, Google Now for speech recognition and more. Indeed, both the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G will possibly do well with the firmware update. Customers will be happy to get their handsets upgraded with the most recent firmware update from Google.