Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Update Starts Rolling Out

The GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus has started to receive its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update today just as Google has rolled out the Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet to the public.

We have received word from numerous owners of the GSM Galaxy Nexus that the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update is rolling out to owners and those who own the Takju or Yakju Galaxy Nexus devices also have the option of manually installing the update should the OTA not be swift enough.


It’s unclear just how fast the OTA is rolling out to owners but it definitely could take a few days before all owners of the GSM Galaxy Nexus see the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update arrive. Those who are patient either want to check in the device settings or just wait for a prompt which should pop up once the software is available to download and install.


Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is rolling out to the Galaxy Nexus.

Once it does arrive, the update will be around 75MB in size and it will deliver all of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean features that Galaxy Nexus and other Nexus owners have been waiting for.


Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is an incremental update over Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and while it won’t be mind blowing it does bring some nice features to the table including a new camera option called Photo Sphere which allows users to take 360 photos, gesture typing within the stock keyboard, Google App updates, and a lot more. It will improve on the great experience that is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.


Those that can’t wait can grab the update directly from Google, the file can be found through Google’s website or XDA, but we don’t recommend going this route unless you absolutely know what you’re doing. Those that aren’t familiar with the process should just hold off and wait for the update to roll out Over-the-Air. It may take a bit so be patient.

The Galaxy Nexus joins the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and the Nexus 7 as devices that now have access to Android 4.2. And unfortunately, the Sprint and Verizon models of the Galaxy Nexus likely have a long wait ahead of them.