Verizon Could Hinder the Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

A few days ago, we learned that the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus would be among the first to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. That of course is coming from Google’s mouth and not Verizon’s which has left many wondering whether Verizon will hinder the Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 release date.

Google has claimed that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will be one of the first devices to receive the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It didn’t mention the device specifically when it said “all Galaxy Nexus” devices but we assume that terminology encompasses the Verizon and Sprint Galaxy Nexus devices.

However, while Google may have said that, Verizon has remained completely mum about the subject. Not surprising considering the source.

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For the record, Sprint hasn’t said anything either but Verizon is notoriously silent and slow when it comes to major Android 4.1 updates which is something that has made Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners wonder whether they’ll see the update arrive before the start of 2013.

At this point, there are no guarantees, even if Google has promised that the device will be among the first to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

When the Samsung Galaxy Nexus arrived on Verizon back in December of 2011, there was jubilation. Verizon boasted the largest 4G LTE network and the Galaxy Nexus itself was and still is one of the best Android phones to ever hit shelves.

That joy quickly turned to frustration and outright anger though as Galaxy Nexus owners began to see issues befall their new Nexus smartphone.

However, instead of rolling out an update to squash those bugs in a timely manner, something that has come to be expected of a Nexus smartphone, Verizon took around five months to roll out the Galaxy Nexus’ first software update.

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During that stretch of time, it was clear that Google and Verizon did not see eye to eye on the update. Google hinted that it was Verizon’s fault that the update took so long to roll out and Verizon being Verizon, never said a word either way.

What I am getting at here is this.

Owners of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus should, as of right now, temper their expectations. It’s easy to believe what Google said to be true but we must consider Verizon’s past and specifically, its past with the Galaxy Nexus.

It’s my hope that Verizon uses Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to mend its bridges with Google but also with customers who bought the Galaxy Nexus thinking they were buying into the Nexus experience.

And now that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is rolling out, let’s hope that we get some answers soon.

Anyone else weary that the past might repeat itself and it might be awhile before Verizon updates its Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean?