It appears that the Sprint Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update was a lot closer than originally thought as the update has emerged on Google’s servers today, available to those that want to download and install the update before it rolls out Over-the-Air.
Earlier today, it appeared as though the Sprint Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 update was close. How close though, remained unclear. Google though has cleared that up as the update is now available through its servers, thanks to a discovery at XDA-Developers.
The build, which is GA02, brings the 100MB Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update to users of Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus. Android 4.2.1 is the latest version of Jelly Bean from Google and it will bring all of the features that come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the operating system that Google released back in November.
Our favorite Android 4.2 Jelly Bean features can be seen in the video below.
This appears to be the same version that leaked out for Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners yesterday and those looking to try it out for themselves will have to follow a few steps to get the firmware up and running.
Those that have never installed an update this way should wait for the official OTA roll out from Sprint, a roll out that should not be too far behind this release. This is an official release from Google but there is no telling what might happen when trying to manually install it.
So, it appears that once again, Sprint has delivered a major Android update to its Galaxy Nexus ahead of Verizon with Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners still waiting for their update to Android 4.2.
Android 4.2 is a minor update from Android 4.1, but it delivers several new features that make it an update worth upgrading to. Some of the most popular features are Photo Sphere which allows users to take 360 degree panoramic photos, the new Google Gesture keyboard that delivers a Swype like typing option and a better Google Now experience.