While it shouldn’t have as a surprise to the many Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners out there who endured a five month wait for the first update to the device, Google has announced that it will be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ that will be the first to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This of course means that the wait for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has begun.
As I’ve said in the past, this update provides an opportunity for Verizon to make it right with owners of its Galaxy Nexus device who felt betrayed by the company’s silence when it came to the Android 4.0.4 update that didn’t arrive until five months after the phone was launched.
Verizon can soothe things over with a quick upgrade to Android 4.1 for the Galaxy Nexus and at the same time, it can help restore the good Nexus name that it tarnished when it failed to deliver speedy updates.
It’s also a chance for the carrier to strengthen its partnership with Google which seemed to be come strained with the delays regarding the Android 4.0.4 bug fix roll out.
What it shouldn’t do is force Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners to watch as other devices get updated to Android 4.1. The second device that gets updated after the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ should be the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Not the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
If it doesn’t, I can guarantee that it will not only cause more people to think about leaving Verizon but also to think twice about ever buying a Nexus device again.
So, the wait for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 update release date has begun and while I am not expecting to get the update the day after the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ gets it, I would hope that Verizon keeps the wait within reason this time.
Do you think it will?