Yesterday, we got word from a Sprint employee that the Nexus S 4G Jelly Bean update was rolling out to owners and would be doing so over the next week or so. Well, now, we have official confirmation from the top that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is indeed rolling out.
Sprint has posted the update to its website and very clearly, it says that the update started to roll out September 6th, which of course is yesterday, the same day we were told that the roll out had begun.
This just makes what was already official, even more official.
The update, as we were told yesterday, not only brings Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Nexus S 4G owners, but it also has fixes for bugs on board as well. Chief among the bug fixes is one for text messages which apparently were occasionally garbled.
Here is the full list of changes coming with the update:
Fixes and issue where you receive garbled text messages with no sender as a result of incompatible Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) or Commerical Mobile Alert System (CMAS) alerts being delivered to your phone.Upgrades phone operating system to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Smoother user interface
- Enhanced Accessibility functions
- Bi-directional text and other language support
- User-installable keyboard maps
- Expandable notifications
- Ability to turn off notifications on an application specific basis
- Shortcuts and widgets can automatically be re-arranged or re-sized to allow new items to fit on home screens
- Android Beam – Use Android Beam to Bluetooth transfer data
- Offline voice dictation
- Improved voice search
- Improved camera application
- Google Wallet (for the Nexus 7)
- High resolution Google+ contact photos
- Google Now
- Multichannel audio
- USB audio added for external sound Digital to Analog Conversion
- Audio chaining also referred to as Gapless Playback. Gapless playback is the uninterrupted playback of consecutive audio tracks
Discontinuing support for Adobe Flash Player:
- Adobe will not be certifying the Adobe Flash Player for Android Mobile devices that either release with or update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
- Devices that upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, may exhibit unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1. Adobe recommends uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.
Of course, the update isn’t available to everyone just yet. Users are going to have to be patient for the update as it will be rolling out slowly over the next week or so.
Once the update is ready to go, a prompt will appear on the screen asking for a download and an install. Those who wish to continue using Flash in its current form will want to pass on Jelly Bean.
Those who don’t will want to install it as it’s way better than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.